Actress Emily Blunt 'Really' Apologizes for Bashing America

Feared she'd made "terrible mistake" in becoming citizen after watching Republican debate

After suffering unwelcome negative press leading up to the American premiere of her new film Sicario, recently naturalized American citizen Emily Blunt apologized for bashing America. 

After watching the first Republican primary debate, the British-born actress told The Hollywood Reporter that she had made a "terrible mistake" in becoming a U.S. citizen. 

"I became an American citizen recently, and that night, we watched the Republican debate and I thought, 'This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?'" Blunt told The Hollywood Reporter at her new film's promotional event in Toronto. 

After strong backlash, including calls for Blunt to go back to England and let American actresses have her roles, Blunt is making the rounds to make amends. 

"It was so not the intention to hurt anybody or cause any offense, so I really apologize to those that I caused offense," Blunt told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie Thursday. "It was just an offhand joke. I think I'll probably leave the political jokes to late night or something."

Calling her American citizenship "really meaningful," Blunt noted that her "two favorite people in the world are American — my husband [John Krasinski] and my daughter."  

"It was kind of a special day," said Blunt. 

As part of her promotional tour for Sicario (opening in theaters in America Oct. 2), Blunt appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week where she took "the REAL U.S. citizenship test":