Emily Blunt was so desperate to land the title role in THE YOUNG VICTORIA, she resorted to begging the film's producer for the part.
The Devil Wears Prada star accosted producer Graham King in his office after deciding she was perfect for the role of the late British monarch in her younger years.
She recalls, "I was beyond keen. I literally begged for it.
"It's one of those rare roles - I loved the new revelations of Victoria. She was so complicated and it's beautifully written. You saw the performance side and then you saw her private life behind closed doors and I loved that dual existence.
King adds, "I got a call from Emily's agent who said Emily wants to come and see you. I had just seen The Devil Wears Prada and she came in and said, 'I want to play Queen Victoria and I'm not leaving this office until you say yes.'"
And Blunt's persistence paid off when she was eventually tapped for the film - and King couldn't be more delighted with his casting choice.
He adds, "I think she was perfect. She really did a lot of homework... she was just really natural. She was born for this role."