Ecollywood: 'Gulliver's Travels' and 'Extreme Makeover'
Green tips from Emily Blunt, and Eduardo Xol talks green homes and Christmas trees. Plus: Watch MNN's exclusive interview with the stars of 'Gulliver's.'
Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 01:46 PM
PRINCESS MARY: Blunt plays a Lilliputian princess in her latest role. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
Emily Blunt drives a Prius and conserves water and energy by boiling only the amount she needs for a cup of tea or plate of pasta, she told us while doing press for her new movie "Gulliver's Travels," in which she plays a Lilliputian princess. "It was really fun — I get to be really girly and silly in it," says Blunt, who got to spend four months in her native England making it. She'll have a very busy 2011, with three films already in the can; she'll voice Juliet in the animated Shakespeare take-off "Gnomeo and Juliet" in February, star opposite Matt Damon in the "modern love story" "The Adjustment Bureau" in March, and re-team with her "Gulliver" suitor Jason Segel in "The Muppets" next November.
MNN spoke to Jack Black, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt about going green. Watch it here:
"I tend to do a lot of green makeovers on the show. I'm one of the guys that does most of the green elements," says "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"'s Eduardo Xol, noting that "as the show has progressed, we've tried to make the houses as green as possible. We've done everything from solar energy, alternative energy, to recycled materials. Everything that's out there, we've tried to implement."
Asked whether he thinks it's more eco-friendly to get a real or artificial Christmas tree, Xol (pictured right) told us he's always preferred real trees, "but there are pros and cons of both. Maybe it's time to take a break from chopping down a tree. But the most important thing is knowing where your tree is coming from, which is true of whatever we eat and buy."
After seven years, Xol is in his last season of the show. "I'm ready to stay home more and ready to go on to what's next," says the designer, who runs an educational foundation called the ALUMI (Alternative Learning using Multiple Intelligences) Media Group, which has created an alternative curriculum for kids in underserved areas. "Right now I'm managing an after school program in downtown Los Angeles," he says. "I'm hoping we'll be able to acquire a few more schools and keep growing from there."
Photo: Bob D'Amico/AMC