StutterTalk, and especially Eric, were really excited by their latest guest, movie actress Emily Blunt.
First, she really did stutter when she was a young teenager. All her comments and descriptions are very realistic, and shared by many people who stutter. So she does understand us who are still stuttering.
Second, she tells the story on her being saved from stuttering due to acting, but what she really means is that stuttering waned at the same time that acting happened.
Third, she says that stuttering gradually became less, but doesn't have a fixed date or event in mind.
My guess is that for whatever reasons her neurobiology became more stable and she gained confidence in acting. Moreover, her stuttering might have been mild but her reaction moderate. Then she correlated acting to her becoming fluent, and acting became her life-changing thing. Coupled with youthful energy and focus, she made acting her life. But I would bet that she would now also be fluent without acting and linking this to another story like growing up.
The last question Eric asks is: Do you believe fluency is a goal for everyone? And she answers with a definite Yes. The issue is that she extrapolates from her own experience, and is wrong on this point. Surely, fluency can improve in all but is sensitive to relapse. Many tried but failed. She has a biased view, because she does not see the people entering clinic for several months afterwards and she is fed the success stories Oprah-style.
So Emily is a bit of a double edged sword for us. Great to support us PR-wise, and great to talk about how it feels to stutter, but misleading as an example of a person who stutter and as an example on how you can overcome stuttering. A bit similar to Gareth Gates.
I am the best counter-example. I did take acting classes in my twenties (that was a workshop at the City Lit in London) and Toastmasters. I did gain a lot of confidence, but I still stutter. But maybe doing acting at an early age would have changed it. I remember the teacher of the acting group at my high school asking me, and I immediately refused.
On the other hand, had I started acting, I would probably never have done theoretical physics! I would have ended up taking drugs, repeating lines other people wrote for me, and being nice to reporters. ;-)