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Blake Lively attends the Christian Dior fashion show

Blake Lively attends the Christian Dior fashion show

On September 24, Blake Lively  attended the Christian Dior fashion show during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France.

Blake was looking gorgeous in a tule dress by Christian Dior Autumn-Winter 2018-2019 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Christian Louboutin ‘Spikoo’ pumps, coat by Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2018-2019 Collection, Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2018 metallic caged skirt, Dior Cruise 2019 bag and a coat by Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2018-2019 Collection (thanks to @thelivelycloset).

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60 seconds with Blake Lively – Coveteur

60 seconds with Blake Lively – Coveteur

Coveteur

Her favorite burger topping, and the secret talent so secret she doesn’t even know it herself.

Dripping in Lorraine Schwartz diamonds—stacked on every finger, up the earlobe, and extra earrings pinned on lapels like broaches—and wearing a stippled Bottega Veneta pantsuit that plays tricks on the brain like a Magic Eye painting. It’s a look only Blake Lively can pull off. But are you surprised? In her latest role, as Emily in the twisty-turny comedic thriller A Simple Favor, she shares the same inimitable sartorial tact. Since we can’t give too much away about the film (you’ll just have to go see it for yourself), we peppered her with a whole slew of random questions, like her favorite decadent burger topping. What, you didn’t want to know that? Press play to learn a whole lot more about Blake Lively.

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Blake visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Blake visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Blake Lively visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 13, 2018. She spoke about Baby Spice, tweets, “A Simple Favor”, and played a game with Jimmy, Carrie Underwood and her A Simple Favor co-star Henry Golding!

She was wearing a Dolce Gabbana velvet print vest, Dolce Gabbana velvet-straight leg pants, Christian Louboutin zazou patent leather brogues wore Valentino Micabo tux jacket (thanks to @blakelivelyreynolds.outfits)

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Blake Lively visits “Good Morning America”

Blake Lively visits “Good Morning America”

On September 10, Blake stopped by ‘Good Morning America’ for an interview. She spoke about ‘A Simple Favor’, parenting and kissing Anna Kendrick.

Blake was wearing a Bottega Veneta grape suede wool coat, Gucci floral fill coupe flare pants, Gucci floral jacquard jacket and Stuart Weitzman Juniper booties (thanks to @blakelivelyreynolds.outfits)

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Candids > 2018 > Sep 10 – Arriving for her appearance on the “Good Morning America” show in New York City

Blake Lively, Henry Golding, and Anna Kendrick Get Naughty in A Simple Favor

Blake Lively, Henry Golding, and Anna Kendrick Get Naughty in A Simple Favor

Vanity Fair – Comedy director Paul Feig turns dark with his latest film, A Simple Favor—a noir thriller starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding—which gives its cast a chance to portray the sort of sinister characters they’ve never played before.

It was so much fun to play someone who is so incredibly heightened. My character is a complete psychopath,” said Lively at the film’s premiere, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Monday. “She’s so different than me. I don’t really swear, and I don’t drink. The whole experience was fun. I got to be a wild child.

Lively, who arrived at the premiere with husband Ryan Reynolds, was thrilled to work with Feig on a genre-bending movie like this one. “He cranks these characters up, and makes them so over the top that it makes it comedic and funny,” she said. “I love that, because every day we had complete freedom to be emotional—to be over the top, funny, and to make bold choices. You don’t always get that. Sometimes you’re boxed in.

Based on Darcey Bell’s popular 2017 novel, A Simple Favor (out September 14) centers on perky, type A, suburban-mommy vlogger Stephanie Smothers (Kendrick), who seeks to solve the sudden disappearance of her new friend, Emily Nelson (Lively). Emily vanishes after she asked Stephanie for a simple favor: to pick up her son from school one afternoon. Stephanie and Emily’s husband, Sean Townsend (Golding), set out to find where she has gone. The missing-person plot takes several warped twists and turns, keeping moviegoers off-balance as the mystery unfolds.

Golding, for one, said he was “gobsmacked” by that serpentine plot. “There are these moments where I was like, ‘This is insane!’ And there is a lot of potty-mouthed dialogue, and it comes from surprising areas.

Kendrick, tasked with playing an overzealous parent who video-blogs about homemade gazpacho, also found the film demanding—especially when her character had to go up against Lively’s.

O.K.—for real, it was a challenge,” the Oscar-nominated actress said on the carpet. “The character that I end up going head-to-head with is a very strong, beautiful woman, and my character is lonely, and she’s awkward, and doesn’t always say the right thing. So I tried to show her humanity as much as I could, because normally if I’m in a situation where I’m up against a 5-foot-10-inch blonde who’s beautiful, well dressed, and wealthy, I rely on wit and my sense of humor. And that wasn’t something that I could rely on with Stephanie. So I really had to dig deep and find the ways that I could show you that she’s been through trauma, and behaves in ways that are off-putting because she’s trying to cover the darkness that she feels inside of her. It was a lot of emotional work, but it was really fun. And it’s nice to have that kind of challenge.

As Emily’s morally ambiguous husband, Golding upends expectations at every turn. It’s a role completely opposite from his lovable, swoon-inducing on-screen persona in Crazy Rich Asians.

You’re kind of unsure if my character is good or bad,” said Golding. “That’s something that I want to continue—not just be stereotyped and be the heartthrob and romantic lead, but to play as diverse [of] characters as possible.

Golding had finished Crazy Rich Asians, his first big-screen role, a mere two weeks before Feig contacted him about A Simple Favor. Feig had learned about Golding through his wife, a fan of the Crazy Rich Asians books who had been following news about the movie. “I watched all of Henry’s travel shows that he hosted, and I fell in love with him,” said Feig. “He’s so charming and so charismatic. And then I called Jon [M. Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians,] and asked, ‘Can he act?’ And he said, ‘He’s the best. He works so hard. He’s the nicest guy in the world.’ And I was like, ‘He’s in!’ Henry is a movie star that I have not seen in a long time. He’s a version of Cary Grant.

Since the release of his first blockbuster, Golding’s life has changed dramatically. He’s getting recognized on the street, sitting in the front row at fashion shows, and enjoying the perks of fame—especially the special treatment he gets at airports.

One time, I got picked up at L.A.X., and they have this special car that takes you from the plane on the tarmac directly to the other place where they collect your bags,” he revealed. “It was like a little strange look into the world of Crazy Rich Asians. I’m not used to that at all. That was a treat!

Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick answer the web’s most searched questions

Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick answer the web’s most searched questions

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick take the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves. Is Anna Kendrick scrappy? Is Blake Lively on LinkedIn? Does Anna Kendrick actually sing?

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Blake Lively on ‘A Simple Favor,’ being her worst parenting critic: ‘It means you care’

Blake Lively on ‘A Simple Favor,’ being her worst parenting critic: ‘It means you care’

USA Today – Blake Lively can make a mean martini.

It’s a skill the actress perfected while shooting the R-rated “A Simple Favor” (in theaters Friday), in which she plays blunt-spoken, cocktail-shaking housewife Emily, who will guzzle a stiff drink (or three) sooner than she’ll acquiesce to humdrum suburban life.

But despite her expertise and familial connection to the liquor business (husband Ryan Reynolds owns Aviation Gin), Lively doesn’t actually enjoy the taste of alcohol.

I am the in-house mixologist in my family, but I don’t drink, which is the joke,Lively says with a grin. “People come over and I start to pull out the shaker and muddler, and they’re like, ‘Why is she making me a drink? This is going to be terrible.’ And I say, ‘Just trust me.’

You wouldn’t be wise to believe her latest character, though. Shortly after striking up an uneasy friendship with chipper fellow mom Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), Emily asks her for “a simple favor” of picking up her son from school one afternoon. But after days with no sight or word from Emily, Stephanie and Emily’s husband (Henry Golding) begin to fear the woman they thought they knew has disappeared – or worse – which sets off a twisty, twisted chain of events.

Lively, 31, who struck surprising critical and box-office gold with shark drama “The Shallows” in 2016, knew she wanted to make “Simple” even before reading the script, primarily because director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) was attached.

When she finally read it, “I was suddenly very confused because the script was a thriller, and yet Paul Feig was making the movie,Lively says. “I sat down with him and asked him if it was a thriller or a comedy, and he said, ‘Yes.’

From the get-go, Lively leaned in to the story’s heightened tone and style, choosing to outfit Emily in chic three-piece suits accessorized by colorful pocket squares and walking sticks (inspired by Feig’s own dressy everyday wardrobe).

I thought, ‘This character has lived so many different lives, that in order to do that and not be recognized, she must jump ship and have a completely distinct identity in each life,’Lively says.

Adds Feig: “I always (encourage) my actresses to come up with their own look, and she was the one who decided she wanted the character to dress like me, with suits and ties and all that. She also had a lot of great ideas how to make Emily understandable and sympathetic, even though she’s a pretty devious character.

Before she vanishes and her dark past is revealed, Emily begrudgingly admires Stephanie’s adept parenting: cooking for her son every day and eagerly volunteering at his school, earning eye rolls from other moms and dads. Lively could relate to sometimes feeling inadequate, as a parent to daughters to James, 3, and Inez, almost 2.

Every good parent I know is hard on themselves, which is beautiful, because it means that you care,Lively says. “I live for my family, so where I might have insecurities about other things in my life, I know I’m giving the best of myself to my family. That’s not to say I’m without plenty of mistakes, but I’m confident that everybody knows how loved they are. I sleep easiest at night knowing I’m at least giving it my all.

The Lively-Reynolds brood sticks together even when they’re working, which means only one of the two actors is shooting a project at any given time. (Lively shot spy movie “The Rhythm Section” in Madrid this summer.) While the “Gossip Girl” star enjoyed flying solo in her 20s – traveling to places such as France and South Africa to study and explore – having a family made the concept of alone time null.

They’re always so much more fun and interesting to be around than being by myself,Lively says. “So when I do get the time to do nothing, all I want to do is drink them up.

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How Blake Lively learned to stop saying ‘I’m sorry’

USA TODAY – In “A Simple Favor,” Blake Lively plays her most unapologetic character yet.

Emily (Lively) is a martini-swilling, foul-mouthed enigma: effortlessly cool and besotted with her husband (Henry Golding) and young son (Ian Ho), but secretly desperate to escape their cushy suburban lifestyle and unleash her dark side.

Peppy mommy blogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is instantly drawn to Emily when they meet at their children’s school, and begins to emulate her confident approach to life as their friendship deepens.

Never say sorry — it’s a (expletive) up female habit,” Emily reprimands Stephanie early in the R-rated thriller (in theaters Sept. 14). It’s a reminder that Lively, 31, finds empowering, both in her own career and in the context of the film.

I don’t think it’s a female-specific thing, although maybe females are encouraged to apologize more often for themselves, unfairly,Lively tells USA TODAY.  “But I actually really love that Emily makes note of that: ‘Stop minimizing yourself, you don’t need to apologize.’ She sees a lot of value in Stephanie and is trying to say, ‘Step into your skin.’ She thinks this woman is awesome.

The “Gossip Girl” actress admits that, early in her career, she often felt discouraged from voicing opinions in meetings or on a set. But by choosing to work with open-minded collaborators, including “Simple” director Paul Feig, she learned to stop saying “sorry” for speaking up.

With age, you get more and more confident,Lively says. “I spent a lot of my creative life trying to just go along with it, and when I had ideas, I felt like they weren’t encouraged. People just want you to show up, put on clothes, say words that aren’t yours and do what you’re told to do, versus actually being a creative partner. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized how much better work I do when I get to collaborate, and it’s really not worth it otherwise.

“So I’ve found that the work I’m most proud of are the experiences in which I was valued and those are not ones where you’re apologizing — those are ones where any idea is welcomed and heard. Those experiences teach me to stand up for what I believe in, creatively.

Blake Lively’s engagement ring in A Simple Favor was inspired by Princess Diana’s

Blake Lively’s engagement ring in A Simple Favor was inspired by Princess Diana’s

Warning: Minor spoilers ahead. 

From crystal-studded Christian Louboutins to a snap-off dickie (yes, dickie), there is more than a concession stand’s worth of fashion eye candy in the dark comedic thriller A Simple Favor. But one accessory truly stole the spotlight: the giant sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring that Blake Lively’s character, Emily Nelson, wears, which once belonged to the character’s mother-in-law — and serves as an important plot point for the film.

The dazzling piece bears an uncanny resemblance to another (very famous) family heirloom, and according to the film’s costume designer, Renée Ehrlich Kalfus, that similarity was on purpose.

It’s a take on Princess Diana’s ring,” she says, referencing the 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds that’s now worn by Kate Middleton. “I wanted to do something vintage, but the director [Paul Feig] thought it should be more on the nose.

The traditional ring is an interesting choice for the anything-but-traditional Emily. She’s a high-powered fashion publicist who works in New York City, but lives in a Connecticut suburb with her husband and son, much to her dissatisfaction. “She doesn’t care about fitting in,” Kalfus says of the character. “She had her own agenda.

To convey that message, Kalfus looked to a trio of iconic Hollywood stars — Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Diane Keaton — as well as the movie’s director for inspiration. “Paul goes to work every day in a Savile Row suit,” says Kalfus of Feig, who also directed Bridesmaids and Spy. “He feels he can get anyone to answer anything while wearing a suit.

She then tapped Feig and Lively’s contacts at Ralph Lauren for access to their vintage archives and was able to use several looks, including a three-piece suit and a killer tuxedo, all custom-tailored for Lively. Kalfus decked out each look with men’s jewelry like vintage watch fobs and multiple tie bars. “It gave her more armor, more stuff to keep people away,” says Kalfus.

Even covered up head-to-toe in a suit, Emily finds ways to flash more than just a little skin. In one early scene, she removes her jacket and shirt (which turns out to be not much more than a collar), before enjoying a gin martini (her signature drink) in a low-cut vest and a pair of faux cuffs, while her new (and visibly flustered) mom friend, Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) looks on.

I don’t think we told Anna that it was going to happen,” says Kalfus of the striptease-like sequence. “It was just a way of making Emily more intimidating and kind of weird.

In a later scene, Emily appears to forgo a top altogether under her suit jacket, although Kalfus swears she had on a blouse. (“It was very strategically tucked into a cummerbund, just enough to give a little side boob.”)

Accessories added another element of sex appeal, most notably Emily’s enviable collection of Louboutins, which we get a glimpse of in a shot of her enormous closet. “Because Blake has a relationship with Louboutin, we got boxes and boxes of boots, loafers, and heels.” All of the footwear is spectacular, but one pair of six-inch sparkly ombre Louboutins  stands out to Kalfus. “Blake had to run in them and she was like, ‘It’s fine, I can do this.’”

Not to be completely overshadowed by her glamorous friend, Kendrick’s Stephanie — a DIY mommy vlogger who’s desperate to fit in — has some memorable style moments of her own in the movie, including a hilarious scene featuring a pair of cat socks from Target.

After spending more time with Emily, Stephanie gets inspired to up her own style game by wearing an Alice + Olivia pom pom sweater and floral skirt (below). “When Anna put on that outfit she said, ‘I’m not sure I get this,’” says Kalfus with a laugh. “And I said, ‘trust me.’”

Kalfus pushed the costume boundaries with both characters for a reason — to suck you into the movie. “You should want to be one of of these women while you’re watching it. It’s that aspirational piece that gets you involved in the story.

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Blake Lively explains why she dislikes ‘Idyllic’ mommy blogs

Blake Lively explains why she dislikes ‘Idyllic’ mommy blogs

People – In her new thriller A Simple Favor, actress and mother of two Blake Lively plays a fashion executive who is best friends with a mommy blogger (played by Anna Kendrick).

But in real life, the mom to daughters Inez, 2 this month, and James, 3½, with husband Ryan Reynolds says she can’t stand looking at mom blogs — unless she needs some sort of comic relief.

They’re one of the greatest brands of humor,Lively tells PEOPLE for this week’s issue. “It’s just these images of people in their idyllic lives and these worlds that leave me like, ‘I’m just a terrible parent and don’t have it figured out at all.’

But the 31-year-old star says she knows that what she’s looking at isn’t actually real. I love thinking about what their house looks like in the image [they’re presenting] and then thinking about what it actually looks like behind that perfect shot,” she explains.

In 2016, the Gossip Girl alum joked on Late Night With Seth Myers about following a “perfect” mom blogger on Instagram.

Her toddler is giving her reflexology massages. What?! My kid is, like, playing with explosive devices,” she joked. “I don’t know where she found them. She already knows how to drywall because she puts holes in the wall.

In 2017, Lively also opened up to PEOPLE about her parenting style. “I think it’s hard to slap labels on any parents because it’s just so tricky. It’s like every moment you’re figuring out what the heck you’re doing,” she said.  “You think, ‘Ooh, should I be more strict, or should I be more, I don’t know, emotional?’ Or whatever it is.

The star added, “If anybody knows how to be a parent, I feel like grandparents really know how to be parents. But parents, you just figure it out as you go. So, I wouldn’t put a label on it.

For more from Blake Lively, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.