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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.

Blake wins People’s Choice Award!

Blake may not have brought her handsome husband Ryan Reynolds to the People’s Choice Awards, but she made it perfectly clear he belongs to her.

Accepting the award for Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress for her role in The Shallows, the star slipped a special mention into her speech.

“Thank you to my husband, he’s everything to me,” she said. That’s when a fan began screaming at the mere mention of Reynolds. “You can’t have him, he’s mine!” Blake yelled in jest.

The Gossip Girl star beat out other leading ladies Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep for the gong. During her speech, she also took the opportunity to send a powerful message.

“My mum, she always taught me as a kid that you can’t ever let anyone limit you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do,” she said, adding her first goal as a youngster was to join the Spice Girls.

“What was so neat about them was that they’re all do distinctly different, and they were women, and they owned who they were, and that was my first introduction into girl power,” she said. “Watching this movie, and the women nominated in this category — when you guys voted for this, you didn’t just vote for this movie or me, but you voted for girl power. … And men voted for girl power, too, and you guys are awesome for doing that.”

She thanked voters for “sending a message to Hollywood that people want to hear stories about women”.

Blake and Ryan celebrate daughter James’s birthday at Disneyland

After Ryan and Blake two daughters melted the coldest of hearts with their red carpet appearance last week, the family headed to Disneyland to celebrate their eldest child James’s second birthday.

And it’s safe to say we were all walking versions of the heart eye emoji after seeing the photos: and are even more so now, after Ryan and Blake were pictured at Disneyland over the weekend, too. Although their daughters weren’t pictured, Blake and Ryan stopped for a photo op with Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle – with a source telling E! The girls joined their parents later in the day for some rides and fun at the Happiest Place on Earth (especially when Blake and Ryan are involved).

Ryan talks about his family official public debut at Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony

Aww. Blake’s first baby daughter is growing up fast, and oh my goodness isn’t she cute! I literally think she’s the cutest kid I’ve seen in a long time!

James, who just turned two – ahead of her birthday, made her official public debut at her daddy’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony, with her little sister Ines by her side.

Normally we don’t drop the whole family out like this, but I just thought I’d regret this in 20 years if I didn’t have my kids here as well… So we all, we decided collectively just to come down here in one big movement and be a part of this…

And it sure was a memorable moment, certainly a proud moment for his family and an equally awe-inducing moment for the fans. Reynolds had this to say about his wife, and daughters during his speech at the ceremony:

“I want to thank my wife, Blake, you make everything better, I mean absolutely everything in my life better,” he said in a video captured by ET. “You’ve given us two of the most incredible children I could ever hope to have…”

OK, swooning overload.

Blake to join husband Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2

The most recent Deadpool 2 rumor is that Blake Lively may be joining her husband Ryan Reynolds in the new movie. However, considering that The Shallows star is currently about four months pregnant with new baby, it’s highly unlike that she will be ready to film Deadpool 2. That doesn’t mean that Ryan Reynolds will drop out of the film though! The Shallows star became pregnant with her second baby back in April, after celebrating her first baby James’ birthday in December. She did not confirm until much later when her baby bump began to show… Ooo will she, won;t she?

Spotted at JFK Airport

Blake was spotted with Ryan and their baby girl at JFK Airport on March 1st …

More Baby Blake News

Blake Lively is all smiles on the cover of People magazine. She became a mom just last month, but has been primed for the job for years.

“I’m always teasing my sister’s kids that they are my own, and I’m always taking care of other people’s kids,” says the star, who welcomed her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds in December. (At press time the new parents had not yet revealed the baby’s gender or name.)

“Maybe because I didn’t grow up with little siblings, I’ve been making up for lost time. I’ve always felt like a mama.”

Now that she actually is one, “I don’t feel like it’s a massive change. I’ve always wanted a big family, and I understand that feeling when you have your first kid of ‘Let’s really be present in this.’ I do want to just enjoy this moment.”

But? “But I also feel like my first child is going to be the oldest sibling to the next kid, and that may change with each and every year. You don’t just raise your kids, your kids also raise each other – oh my Lord, the things I learned from my brother Eric. He’s influenced my life so much. So I’m looking forward to how one baby influences the other, and to my family as a whole, to every single chapter.”

Co-star and close friend, Amber Tamblyn was one of the last to find out. Tamblyn told People magazine that when she went to visit Lively, she had no idea there would be a baby present. “I went up there and I didn’t know, everybody knew but me, and she does that shit to me,” Tamblyn said. Apparently, Lively texted Tamblyn about new wallpaper that she was anxious for her friend to see. But that wallpaper turned out to be a newborn. “And I went up there, and there was her baby,” Tamblyn said. “That bitch! She tricked me!” Tamblyn joked.

Tamblyn said that all of the “Sisterhood” girls have seen the baby. “I’m very excited for her and Ryan, and to be an auntie,” Tamblyn said. “All of us are godmothers, so we are very happy.”

Baby Violet?

The baby’s sex and name were not known until now, but a message of congratulations from a woman who claims to work at Westchester Medical Center seems to have let the details slip.
The message from @kimbanksy read: ‘Congrats @blakelively #blakelively glad to have you and baby girl violet in our care.

The tweet, first picked up by Page Six, could not be immediately verified. MailOnline reached out to Blake’s representative for comment but did not receive an immediate response, yet.