She's played a young Queen Victoria, a tiny, flame-haired princess, and a hilariously vicious fashion assistant who was memorably "one stomach flu away from her goal weight." Now the Golden Globe winner and brand-new blonde is taking on Shakespeare's Juliet- sort of. In Disney's "Gnomeo and Juliet," an animated film about garden gnomes from rival families, Emily voices the role of Juliet Capulet, a red-hatted gnome who falls for a blue-hatted Montague gnome, voiced by James McAvoy. To give you an idea of the film's cheeky vibe, Elton John and Lady Gaga provide the score. See what Emily has to say about her new project, award-season style and check out the below gallery of her recent fashion hits.
This is your first animated project. How much input did you have on creating your character?
Luckily, Kelly Ashby, the director, really liked my pitch for her. I wanted her to be tough and hot-tempered, not delicate. Other than that, I didn't do much. While you do your vocal sessions, they film you so they can give the character your exact facial expressions, which is so cool. They showed me the artwork, and I'd say, "Oooo she's so cute!"
I'd say Juliet looks like you, but you've just gone blonde. We love how playful you are with your hair. Can you point to a favorite hairstyle you've had recently?
I loved when I wore the peacock feather. My hairstylist, Laini Reeves, is really good at updos with adornments and jewels. We were in Paris at a junket, and a reporter came in with a feathered headband. She said it was from a vintage boutique, and Laini ran right out and got some. Months later I had this midnight blue dress for "The Wolfman" premiere, and I thought, "Great! I'll wear it!" It's nice to pick up trinkets and work them in somehow.
How do you describe your personal style?
I don't like to look too eccentric. I don't think I could carry that off. I love the rocker look of drain-pipe jeans, skinny leather jackets. I think I'm a tomboy. I don't like to look so girly.
That's funny because I always think of you as so polished.
You don't see me in my Uggs at home.
We're in the thick of awards season. Of all of your award-season looks, what was your favorite?
The pink, tiered Dolce & Gabbana I wore to the Golden Globes last year. It's funny, when I first saw it I said I'd never wear it. But I loved how it looked with my hair and makeup and I wore two mesh cuffs by Lorraine Schwartz that toughened it up.
It seems like you're an equal opportunity customer when it comes to selecting designers. Your wedding dress was Marchesa. You just wore gorgeous Zac Posen and Andrew Gn dresses to the "Gnomeo" premieres. Do you have a top five?
It ranges. I love Azzaro. I do love Zac Posen right now. His new stuff is gorgeous. I'm also into Middle Eastern designers like Georges Chakra and Elie Saab.
How about the other end of the spectrum. Do you ever bargain shop?
Yes! I love American Apparel. If you can hit Topshop sales, that's always great. I prefer to bargain shop, in fact. I don't go to designer stores. If I were going to do that, the only store I'd possibly go to is Isabel Marant. I'm obsessed with her.
What's the best thing you bought this winter?
A pair of tan Rag & Bone booties.
So you'd take shoes over bags?
Shoes, definitely. I'll have the same handbag forever until the strap breaks!