Emily Blunt had speech impediment as a kid, struggled to say her own name

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Speaking effortlessly has never been easy for Emily Blunt.

“I got teased a lot, and to this day, I hate the unkindness in people and bullies,” the “Girl on the Train” star shared of her childhood speech impediment. “I think whatever you have to overcome in life ultimately paves the way [for whom you become as an adult].”

As Blunt, 37, revealed in the November issue of InStyle, she suffered from stuttering. And because the struggle to say “Emily” was so great, she would refer to herself as a name other than her own.

“Names are always tricky because you can’t substitute a different word and there’s so much pressure attached to it,” she said.

Though Blunt credited the performing arts for helping her overcome her stutter, the advocate for the American Institute for Stuttering admitted she still encounters challenges today.

“Even nowadays, when I’m tired or I feel put on the spot, I still sometimes struggle to get the words out,” Blunt said.

“When I make a phone call — especially if I’m calling someone I don’t know — I have to mentally prepare myself. There’s always a big pause between when they ask ‘Who’s calling?’ and when I say ‘Emily Blunt.'”

This article originally appeared in the New York Post's Page Six.