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'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Star Emily Blunt Says Kids Need To Be Prepared For 'Darkness'

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"The Huntsman: Winter's War" star Emily Blunt might not have been a girly girl while growing up, but she did love fairy tales and the sense of escapism it provided her.

"Fairytales are quite nostalgic for people, that they are emblematic of your childhood and in some ways. So there is this mass appeal to be in this fantasy world," she told the Manila Bulletin. "I don't know many people who don't enjoy that feeling of getting swept away into a world that is so other worldly."

Even her own 2-year-old daughter Hazel with husband John Krasinski is now "coming around" to the allure of the fantasy world.

"We got her a lot of big books called 'I Am A Big Sister.' Stuff like that and those sorts of gifts are very welcome at the moment," she said.

Blunt recently played the ice queen Freya in the film "The Huntsman: Winter's War," who is very scary because she has taught her subjects that it is forbidden to love and fall in love. Some of the movie's contents might not seem appropriate for children, but Blunt believes that kids need to be equipped with the right mindset on how to deal with evil and darkness.

"Fairy tales were originally used as cautionary tales, and they are dark," she said. "Some of them were really frightening. We live in an age nowadays where we tend to protect our children a lot more and pretend that there isn't darkness out there, when children are so perceptive and so intuitive that they know it. They know that there is and they feel that innately. That's why children get scared of things. But fairy tales, the really old fashioned ones, used to embrace that side and expect that children would keep up with them and they do."

After this film, Blunt will be lending her voice to the animated films "My Little Pony" and "Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes and Animal Crackers."

She called these the perfect gigs during her pregnancy because "it's really fun and really easy, and you can pop in in your pyjamas, and no one would ever know," she told BBC.

"The Huntsman: Winter's War" will be released on April 22.

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Apr 20, 2016 01:24 AM EDT

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