Corsets have been around since at least the 16th century (Vogue), but that doesn’t mean Emily Blunt had to make her character in “The English” feel old-fashioned at all. In fact, she strove to make her character feel alive, real, and very modern.
“This show feels different from other Westerns. It doesn’t feel old fashioned,” Blunt told Entertainment Weekly. “And so, I approached her in quite a modern way. She just happened to be in a corset or wear a bonnet for some of it.”
And speaking of corsets, Blunt didn’t love the experience of wearing one on set. “It’s so awful,” she said to EW. “It’s so awful, especially because we shot in Spain in the summer and it was so breathtakingly hot. The corset acted as like a sort of oven on my organs. There was no breathing space.”