Emily Blunt: YSL Made a 'Terrible Mistake' Hiring Me

12/20/2011 at 04:30 PM ET

Emily Blunt YSL Opium Ad
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In a plunging pantsuit, gilded choker and auburn waves, Emily Blunt has never looked as glam as she does in the video for Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium fragrance — but she’s not quite sure she pulled it off.

“God, I’m so un-French in that trailer,” she laments to U.K.’s The Telegraph of the video (below), in which she deftly dodges a lunging leopard while wearing sky-high heels.

Asked why she was invited to join the ranks of supermodel Linda Evangelista, who once fronted the fragrance, The Muppets star says, “I don’t know. I’ve no idea.” Perhaps “there was no one else?” before asserting: “They made a mistake, a terrible mistake.”

And though Blunt maintains she doesn’t deserve the role, it’s the only beauty campaign she has ever said yes to. “I think that I’ve been wanting to make sure that when I did it, it would be the right thing,” she says. “I’d been asked to do a couple of things but none were as classy as this,” she explains before adding, “And I got to work with a leopard. ” No brainer!

Justine Harman


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gena on

She is gorgeous and humble and has a lovely sense of humor and that makes me admire her even more!

MammaSays on

LOVE this clip – gave me chills. she is funny too, a bonus.

elsa caceres on

she wants people to say “oh no they are so happy to have you”…it is not going tow ork with me
you are a grown woman

Kristi on

Ah, Marion Cotillard is another one I like. I think I prefer Emily Blunt with this perfume. It was a surprise to see her in the ad. The ad I will never forget was Sophie Dahl. Now THAT was an ad! I kept both magazine versions with and without a nipple showing. It was one of the first provocative ad ideas from Tom Ford.

Amanda on

So gorgeous!! I <3 Emily Blunt!

Mallory on

what does this, or any other current fragrance commercail, have to do with the fragrance, are you telling me if I wear this I’ll have a leopard as a pet?

Nv on

Self esteem issue?

Natalie on

It’s great that she’s humble. Another thing to love about her. She’s absolutely stunning in this ad! I doubt they could have found anyone better.

anna on

I have no idea why she was chosen either! Opium is a legendary perfume and she doesn’t live up to it at all.

David on

She’s very pretty, when she has her hair and makeup done by a stylist. But she’s really not that big of deal at all.

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