Emily Blunt just revealed that she’s taking a break from acting—but she has a really good reason for stepping away

Just before the release of her new film Oppenheimer, Emily Blunt made a big announcement: she’s taking a break from acting. But there’s a very good reason you may not see the iconic actress on your screens for a while—she says the break is to spend more time with her daughters, 9-year-old Hazel and 7-year-old Violet, whom she shares with actor John Krasinski.

In a recent podcast interview, Blunt explained more about her decision.

“This year, I’m not working. I worked quite a bit last year and my oldest baby is 9, so we’re in the last year of single digits,” she said. “And I just feel there are cornerstones to their day that are so important when they’re little. And it’s, ‘Will you wake me up? Will you take me to school? Will you pick me up? Will you put me to bed?’ And I just need to be there for all of them for a good stretch. And I just felt that in my bones.”

Despite enjoying considerable success in her career, Blunt explained that there’s an “emotional cost” to both her and her daughters when she goes away on long filming assignments. In addition to Oppenheimer, she’s also recently filmed Netflix’s Pain Hustlers and the upcoming action film The Fall Guy. In a very relatable moment of her interview, Blunt explained that she finds herself “very prone to guilt — I think maybe all mothers are.”

She continued, “You’re just prone to feeling bad for, God forbid, wanting something outside of being a mother. I am huge advocate for it—I’m a huge advocate for women being ambitious. It’s just dreams with purpose; it’s not an ugly word.”

Despite the guilt, though, Blunt said she’s glad to give her kids an example of a mother who is passionate about her work.

“I want my kids to grow up and find something that they adore doing,” she said.

Hopefully, the break from work is everything Blunt and her family needs, and they make many happy memories together.

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