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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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Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick have Tricks Up their sleeves in ‘A Simple Favor’ moving posters

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick have Tricks Up their sleeves in ‘A Simple Favor’ moving posters

People Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are out to trick you in moving posters — exclusive to PEOPLE — for their twisty new thriller, A Simple Favor.

Directed by Paul Feig (BridesmaidsSpy), A Simple Favor stars Kendrick, 33, as Stephanie, a mommy vlogger who attempts to figure out why and how her best friend Emily (Lively, 31) went missing. In the process, she discovers Emily isn’t exactly who she said she was.

The cheeky moving posters give a wink and nod to classic Americana like the Saturday Evening PostGood Housekeeping and American Gothic — but with a distinctly dark twist. Just as in the unpredictable movie, nothing is quite as it seems.

The posters, titled “The Domestic Bliss Series,” were photographed by Tim Palen.

Our Domestic Bliss Series is our way of having fun with the audience’s expectations of what they think this movie will be,” Feig tells PEOPLE. “It’s a slice of Saturday Evening Post, a dollop of Bad Housekeeping and a generous sprinkling of the Haunted Mansion on top.

Our movie is all about appearances being not what they seem and so we loved the idea of playing with the concept of ‘It’s not what you think.’ And I think these morphing photos do this in the most fun way possible.”

A Simple Favor opens Sept. 14.

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See Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig Pitch Their New Movie to Studio Execs in Hilarious Spoof

See Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig Pitch Their New Movie to Studio Execs in Hilarious Spoof

People – A Simple Favor, the new movie starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and directed by Paul Feig comes out next Friday, Sept. 14th. But if you were believe a funny spoof video — exclusive to PEOPLE — they just released where they try and pitch the idea to a movie studio, the dark comic thriller would have been a totally different movie. (More like Bad Moms mixed with a little bit of Bad Teacher.)

The video also makes fun of the idea that director Paul Feig has deemed it “OK for women to be funny!” (Feig, who created Freaks and Geeks also directed Bridesmaids and Spy.)

In the film, Kendrick, 33, plays Stephanie, a mommy vlogger who attempts to figure out why and how her best friend Emily (Lively) went missing—and though it isn’t exactly Bad Moms, the two do share a kiss at one point, which she recently opened up about.

“I mean, all I’m ever thinking about in [kissing] scenes is, who has gum? Who has a mint?” she told PrideSource in an interview. “And I think Blake is probably the same because I’ve never experienced a guy, searching for gum. So, we were the mintiest, freshest two people to have ever kissed in the history of America.”

A Simple Favor opens Sept. 14.

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Blake Lively attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary show during the NYFW

Blake Lively attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary show during the NYFW

On September 07 night, Blake Lively attended the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary show during the New York Fashion Week in New York City.

Blake was wearing a  custom Ralph Lauren Collection white-tie tuxedo and a pair of open-toed heels with black balls of fuzz by Christian Louboutin.

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Blake Lively attends MTV Video Music Awards

Blake Lively attends MTV Video Music Awards

On August 20, Blake Lively attended the MTV Video Music Awards in  New York City. The actress walked the red carpet at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with her mom, Elaine, the duo smiling for photographers together. Elaine wrapped her arm lovingly around her daughter.

She also brought other members of her family along for the awards show, all joining in on a group photo before heading inside for the night’s festivities.

Lively was at the VMAs to presenting the best pop award (to winner Ariana Grande) alongside her A Simple Favor costar Anna Kendrick.

Blake was wearing a Ralph & Russo Fall 2018 Couture white suit and Judith Leiber tall slender herringbone crystal clutch. At the VMA’s bactage she was wearing a Brunello Cucinelli suit, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Miu Miu shoes (fashion credits to styleofblake – blakelivelyreynolds.outfits – blakefashionthelivelycloset).

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Blake attends the press conference in New York City

Blake attends the press conference in New York City

On august 19, Blake  attended a press conference while doing her press rounds for her upcoming movie “A Simple Favor” in New York City.

Blake was wearing a Zimmermann stripped vest, blazer and wide-leg pants, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Christian Louboutin custom Hotero heels (fashion credits to styleofblake – blakelivelyreynolds.outfits – blakefashionthelivelycloset).

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  Public Appearances > 2018 > August 19 – “A Simple Favor” Press Conference in New York

Public Appearances > 2018 > August 19 – “A Simple Favor” Press Day in New York

Blake Lively was spotted in NYC!

Blake Lively was spotted in NYC!

Blake Lively was spotted again in New York City while promoting ‘A Simple Favor‘.

She was looking chic in a Bottega Veneta Resort 2019 full outfit, Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals and Bottega Veneta Lilac Nappa Sphere Knot Clutch Bag.

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  Candids > 2018 > Aug 18 – Leaving the Greenwich Hotel in New York City, New York

Blake Lively attends the ‘A Simple Favor’ Cocktail Party

Blake Lively attends the ‘A Simple Favor’ Cocktail Party

On August 17, Blake Lively attended the cocktail party for “A Simple Favor” in New York City. Also in attendance were Blake‘s co stars Anna Kendrick, Henry Golding and the director Paul Feig.

She was wearing a Versace neon green suit from the Versace Men’s SS19 collection and Christian Louboutin keopump 100 suede pumps (fashion credits to styleofblake – blakelivelyreynolds.outfits – blakefashionthelivelycloset)

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Blake spotted in New York City

Blake spotted in New York City

On August 17, Blake Lively was seen leaving her hotel for a photoshoot in New York City, New York. She was looking gorgeous as always in a velvet cotton blazer, an one-button velvet blazer and  Wide-Leg Liquid Velvet pants ( the three pieces are from Brunello Cucinelli Fall 2018) and Christian Louboutin Goldostrap Studded Pumps ( fashion credits to styleofblake – blakelivelyreynolds.outfits – blakefashion.)

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New TV spots on “A Simple Favor”

New TV spots on “A Simple Favor”

Hello guys! Tv Spot released new mini video of “A Simple Favor“. In one of them, we are introduced to Blake’s character, Emily Nelson.

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  Movies > A Simple Favor (2018) > Official TV Spot “Emily”

Movies > A Simple Favor (2018) > Official TV Spot “Secret”