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Blake Lively Reveals Her Amazon Baby Registry ‘Must-Haves’

Blake Lively Reveals Her Amazon Baby Registry ‘Must-Haves’

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The actress compiled all of her ‘go-to’ baby items in one place

Blake Lively is making shopping for baby simple and easy — and helping other parents in the process — with her new Amazon baby registry.

The actress and mom created a one-stop shop for all of the products she recommends to pals, based on her own experiences and some tried-and-true testing.

Before I had my own kids, I asked all the parents I trusted most for a list of their ‘go-to’ items. My registry is made of all those products plus ones that I’ve discovered myself over the years,” Lively tells PEOPLE. “The neat part is I actually keep this registry active for years, because it’s an easy way for me to reorder all our basics, and it’s also a great way to share my ‘must-have’ list with my friends, as they did with me when I needed it. The baby registry is a community tool for me more than anything else.

Like Lauren Conrad’s baby registry, which was also created on Amazon, the list includes picks for both parents and babies, as well as nursery, feeding and diapering staples. And it’s all Prime-eligible, which Lively appreciates as an Amazon shopper.

Oh man, one click shopping is dangerously easy,” she says. “I tend to use Amazon for everything I can. It’s just so easy.

Her top finds include everything from the top-rated $38 Playtex Diaper Genie to Baby Jogger’s $450 double City Mini strollerDiapers from Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company also made the list.

Though super-serious about her recommendations, Lively is happy to joke about her maternity style (It’s “comfortable, comfortable, comfortable in real life and unrealistically awesome when I have to do press [as at the Detective Pikachu premiere, above]. But that’s only a couple days a year, if that. I really raise the bar for myself, then it’s back to pajamas, onesies and disappointment”) as well as her postpartum style (which she describes as “Lord Varys.” Yes, from Game of Thrones.)

And though she loves many things about parenthood – “Just sitting and telling stories together, drawing, building forts, dancing, picking up trash to protect their imaginary dolphin. All sounds cheesy, but it’s those simple moments I appreciate most,” she says – getting sleep isn’t one of them: “I plan to get lots of sleep when I’m dead,” she jokes. (For parents who also aren’t blessed with great sleepers, she has another recommendation: “Sound machines with white noise on low while watching Classical Baby... which had to have been made by actual saints.”)

Before you check out her picks, what qualifies a product for a spot on Lively’s “must-have” list? “I always hope to find items that are good for my babies and are also kind to the environment,” she says, noting that items like reusable water bottles and cutlery make “life so much easier because I’m much more prepared with snacks for my kids and myself.” In fact, her reusable water bottle makes her list of things that get rescued from her house in a fire, as well as “snack packs, a baby carrier and my daughter’s handmade bunny from Bird on Elephant.”

As to whether any items were specially requested by the kids in her life? “My oldest child LOVES Aviation Gin, but he’s 42,” she jokes.

Blake Lively’s Baby Registry Shopping List

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Blake Lively welcomes baby no. 3 with Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively welcomes baby no. 3 with Ryan Reynolds

The Hollywood couple reportedly welcomed the baby over a month ago, but are yet to publicly announce the arrival.

The lovebirds — parents to daughters James, four, and Inez, two — revealed they were expecting another bub at the May premiere of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

Lively, 31, posted a joyous picture of the pair on the red carpet which showed her resting one hand on her belly, with the caption “PokeMOM… Out now”.

The actors have yet to share details of the birth, however a source told US Weekly the baby “is about two months old”.

While the baby’s name or gender hasn’t been revealed, Reynolds told PEOPLE in 2016 that “if I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled. Really, like I genuinely would be”.

In April this year, Reynolds gushed to cable TV show Extra that when his children “decide to go away to college… I’m going to be so needy”.

“I love being around them — it’s the best thing in the world.”

The couple met on the set of Green Lantern in 2010, when they were both in relationships — Lively was dating Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley and Reynolds was married to actress Scarlett Johansson.

They reportedly started dating around a year later in October 2011, and were married in September 2012.

The famous couple are fiercely private when it comes to their children, keeping them largely off social media.

InStyle: Blake Lively Wore Forever21 on the Red Carpet and Pretended it Was Vintage

InStyle: Blake Lively Wore Forever21 on the Red Carpet and Pretended it Was Vintage

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Perhaps no other show was more influential to early aughts fashion than Gossip Girl. And like most millennials, The Handmaid’s Tale actress Sydney Sweeney tuned in week after week to see the parade of boho meets Upper East Side princess looks worn by Blake Lively a.k.a. Serena van der Woodsen.

And now that Sweeney has become one to watch in the style department herself, it’s no surprise that she still looks to Lively for inspo, especially when it’s time for her to hit the red carpet. “Since Gossip Girl has ended, it’s been so cool to watch how Blake’s style has evolved with red carpet fashion and street style too,” says Sweeney. “I love how she’s always switching it up — one day she is bold, the next day she is elegant, and she wears everything with so much confidence.

Sweeney, who stars opposite Zendaya in the upcoming HBO series, Euphoria, as well as Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, out July 26, says she also admires Lively for opting not to use a stylist. “I’m still trying to find my style and there are always so many opinions that go in your ear when you’re starting out,” she says. “You just want to figure out what works best on you, and I love that she doesn’t use a stylist and yet she was still able to do that.

So for InStyle’s May issue, we connected Sweeney with Lively, her ultimate fashion icon, to talk shop. On the agenda? Red carpet regrets, the person they trust most for an honest outfit opinion, and why you should always channel J.Lo when you want to look fierce.

Keep scrolling for the full conversation. And for more stories like this, pick up the May issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download now.

Sydney Sweeney: Blake, I’m such a big fan of yours.

Blake Lively: I’m a fan of yours! You’re so great in The Handmaid’s Tale.

SS: Thanks! Well, I’ve loved all of your red carpet looks over the years, especially the dresses you’ve worn to Cannes, like that beautiful black and white Gucci gown [below]. How long does it usually take for you to pick out a dress for an event?

BL: It all depends. There are some things I’ve had my eye on for years, just waiting for a special event to wear it to, and hoping it hadn’t been lent to someone else. A lot of designers will hold things for you, as long as you always make good. That black and white Gucci gown was actually made for me to wear to the Met Ball, inspired by the Charles James exhibit, but I figured that it might look similar to things that other people would wearing, so I saved it for Cannes. I just try to find designers who I like and trust and who make my body look better than it does when it’s not in clothes.

SS: I read that you don’t work with a stylist. How did you start developing relationships with designers? I remember you wore a Forever 21 dress to one of your first red carpets.

BL: I wore Forever 21 much longer than I admitted. I just started saying it was vintage because I was so shamed for it. [laughs] For me, fashion is a form of self-expression. It also really takes me out of my comfort zone. One of the reasons I’m an actor is that I’m naturally very shy, so it’s liberating to dress up and pretend to be someone else.

SS: I’m the same way. When I’m on set, I’m 100 percent comfortable, but at events and photo shoots, I’m beyond nervous.

BL: Same. When you have to be you, it’s the most intimidating part. The only way that I feel comfortable doing red carpets and interviews is when I adopt the same thing that I do when I’m acting, which is to play a character. So when I’m going to a premiere, I think, who is that character? And I step into that. I still get knots in my stomach before red carpets. You just want to represent yourself properly, so that’s why I chose to style myself. I also had the very fortunate and unique opportunity of being on Gossip Girl, where fashion was a main character. So I started developing relationship with designers, and then I’d get their email addresses. It all happened organically.

SS: What did you learn about style from Gossip Girl?

BL: Well, everything I know about fashion is from my mama. She’s so creative and expressive in her choices. But then being on the show, I learned so much from the incredible costume designer Eric Daman. I also figured out what I was comfortable with. For one of my first events, I wore a dress that I was so insecure in, but I was told that I couldn’t back out because it was made custom and it would hurt my relationship with the designer. It didn’t fit right though, and everybody knew it was a mess. Whenever I look at a photo from that red carpet, I can see how uncomfortable I was in my own skin. I’d never do that again.

SS: Has your style changed since you’ve become a mom? My mom wears a lot of suits like you do, and that’s one of the main things I love about your style — all of your suit moments.

BL: I think it’s changed more as I’ve gotten older. There are lots of cute little baby-doll dresses in my closet from my early 20s that I know I’m not going to wear them again because I’m not in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. I really need to adopt the Marie Kondo method, but I haven’t yet because everything in my closet still sparks joy. My style is, hopefully, becoming more elegant over time, but I still like pink and some frills.

SS: Who do you trust to give an honest opinion about an outfit? My mom is definitely very honest and so is my boyfriend.

BL: It used to be just my husband [actor Ryan Reynolds], but now it’s my kids too. And kids do not filter. [laughs]

SS: What has been your most memorable red-carpet look?

BL: I honestly can’t pick one. And I know that sounds crazy, but I love fashion too much to pick one look. I used to say my gowns from Cannes and Met Ball because that’s when you get to be the most bold and expressive. It’s Hollywood glamour in its most grand form. How about you?

SS: I loved the beautiful pink Reem Acra gown that I wore to the Emmys [below]. It was one of those princess moments where I couldn’t stop smiling.

BL: As much as I love a smoldering face, I always like people who smile on the carpet because we’re so fortunate to be there.

SS: Oh, I can’t master the smoldering look to save my life.

BL: With some outfits you need to do a smolder because if you’re wearing a slit up to your hip bone and you’re smiling like you’re on Space Mountain, it just doesn’t go together. It took me a few years to learn it too. If you pretend that you’re J.Lo, that helps.

Blake Lively talks about being a shy teenager in a new interview

Blake Lively talks about being a shy teenager in a new interview

Blake Lively gave an interview for the british magazine Psychologies were she talked about being a shy teenager and her upcoming movie The Rhythm Section. The interview was transcribed by the team of Blake Lively Source, so please, give the due credits.

Actress Blake Lively talks about being a shy teenager, how she built her confidence through acting, and her new film,The Rhythm Section, in which she plays an ex-heroin addict.

On the surface, Blake Lively has it all. much more outgoing and enthusiastic. Happily married t0 Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds and mother of James, four, and Inez, two, she enjoys the kind of life that comes with being a talented and successful actress. But, growing up in California in a family of entertainers, Lively was a tall, gangly and awkward teenager whose insecurities were a constant source of anguish for her. ‘I was pretty shy growing up,Lively admits. ‘I had problems with some of the other girls in high school and, because I was tall, I felt insecure about standing out in a crowd when I really just wanted to disappear and be alone. I was kind of withdrawn and I spent a lot of time by myself, lost in my own thoughts.’ But it was acting that built her confidence. ‘It wasn’t until I began taking acting classes that I was able to overcome my shyness in social situations. When I was 15 or 16, I started becoming much more outgoing and enthusiastic with people; I had spent so much time being this
strange introvert but, deep down, I was longing to have fun and be expressive.

It was only a few years later that Lively would burst onto the scene with her role as Upper East Side princess Serena van der Woodsen in the TV series Gossip Girl. Today, she’s enjoying life with Reynolds of Deadpool fame. While he has reinvigorated his career with the billion- dollar ‘anti-superhero’ franchise, she has maintained a steady workload while raising their children. Some of her recent films include last summer’s A Simple Favor, a mystery thriller co-starring Anna Kendrick; The Shallows, in which she plays a desperate surfer trying to survive a shark attack; and drama The Age Of Adaline.

Lively’s new film, however, the action thriller The Rhythm Section, marks a distinctive change of pace for the actress, who plays a former heroin addict, Stephanie Patrick, who transforms her life pursuing the people who orchestrated the plane crash that killed her family. Shot mostly in Dublin and Madrid, the highly anticipated film, directed by Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale), co-stars Jude Law. ‘I did ride-alongs with police on drug busts and spent a lot of time walking through alleyways talking to addicts, some of whom were just teenagers,’ explains Lively about her preparation for the role. ‘It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

For the past four years, Lively and Reynolds have chosen to live far away from Hollywood in the quiet town of Bedford in upstate New York with their daughters [James is named after Reynolds’ late father]. They also hope to expand their family in the coming years: ‘I’m one of five kids; Ryan’s one of four — so we’re officially breeders!’ In the meantime, the couple have opted to pursue their acting careers with as much passion as ever, staggering their work schedules and accompanying each other on set with the children in tow. ‘We decided that we wouldn’t be separated as a family, so we just make a home for our kids in whichever place we happen to be filming’ she says. Lively recently revealed that long before they became romantically involved, she sensed there was something special about her relationship with Reynolds. ‘I knew he’d be my best friend for my whole life. That was the biggest thing for me. I’d never known anything like the friendship I had with him. I liked him as much as I came to love him.’

The Interview

You seem to have a pretty positive personality. Is that your nature?

I get that from my mother. She would always tell me and my sister: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ That serves as my personal mantra when things get complicated in life and you want to feel sorry for yourself. I try not to let myself go there because it doesn’t do you any good, and that’s the time when you need to energise yourself even more, rather than mope around. I’m usually in pretty good spirits and I like to think I bring a positive mood to people around me.

Even though you have confessed to being shy and awkward as a young person, did you have an upbeat perspective on things, even back then?

Even as a little girl, I would think, ‘It’s a good day to be happy!’ That kind of feeling and thinking has stayed with me my entire life and I hope I never lose it. If you have self-confidence and a strong sense of
determination, then good things are going to happen to you. You can make your own luck, even when life
throws roadblocks in your way.

Do you find yourself becoming more confident with age, success, and the life you’ve made as a wife and mother?

Confidence is a strange thing sometimes. I was lucky that I grew up in a secure home environment with a family that was very supportive and loving. Then, as a young adult when you’re living on your own and making your way in life, you can lose that confidence, especially in this business where the media often tries to bring you down and some people take pleasure in criticising your work. So, that makes you question yourself; a lot of self-doubt started to creep into my head, even though I was on a successful TV
series. I went through so much soul-searching and it took me several years to regain my confidence. But I also think so much of that just has to do with struggling to figure out who you are, especially in your 20s.

Have you overcome your tendency towards shyness in social occasions?

I am much less inhibited and more open with people than I was when I was younger. Acting did that for me… But I’m still slow to make friends. I’m not the type 0f person who meets someone and, after a few minutes, I want to exchange phone numbers. It takes me some time to feel comfortable with someone.

How do you feel about performing in films with dark storylines — the violent Savages [directed by Oliver Stone] and your troubled character in The Rhythm Section?
I get to project myself into all these dark spaces and indulge in a lot of heavy psychological states. That’s what I love about acting. It helps me to understand myself better and not just stay in my comfortable little world. I’m a pretty happy person but it’s much more interesting to play tormented women who have to struggle in life. I feel that every time I finish a film I’ve become a stronger person and that pushing yourself to the maximum leaves you feeling much more confident and less fearful.

Apart from work, you’ve continued to indulge in your passion for cooking over the years… [Lively worked as a pastry chef at the celebrated Per Se restaurant in New York on her 23rd birthday and Reynolds often makes reference to his wife’s prowess in the kitchen.]

I like to tell people that I’m really a cook by nature and an actress by accident! I feel that I have a natural gift for cooking. I can get incredibly passionate about coming up with interesting dishes and learning how to prepare food and create different flavors and tastes. I love to cook for my friends and I can spend hours in my kitchen trying out various ideas and learning to concoct meals with attention to detail and taste.

Are you enjoying married life?

It’s been wonderful. Ryan and I like doing everything together. He loves helping me choose things for the house, he’s interested in all types of cuisine, and he says he loves everything I cook for him — he’s such a good liar! We help each other when we’re preparing our characters for a new nlm, too. It’s great to be partners like that with someone you love.

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“Rhythm Section” To Tune Up This Fall

“Rhythm Section” To Tune Up This Fall

It has been reported that Rhythm Section, in which Blake makes her spy debut, has its release date moved from February to November 22! Deadline broke the news and you can read the full report below.

Wondering why there wasn’t a trailer to the Reed Morano-directed spy film Rhythm Section yet? That’s because Paramount is moving the IM Global/EON femme spy pic from its Feb. 22 release date to Nov. 22, the Friday before Thanksgiving.

We’ve been hearing about the release date change for a while and from what we know the pic has a great action tone that’s prime for the fall,  especially during awards season. Word is Lively is fantastic in the movie.  EON’s 007 pics have typically launched in the November month.

Morano won a DGA Award last year for her directing work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on Mark Burnell’s series of “Stephanie Patrick” novels, Rhythm Section centers on Lively’s protagonist who takes on an assassin’s identity so she can wage revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are producing under their EON banner. IM Global financed. Paramount pictures took global rights.

Rhythm Section will open against Frozen 2 on Nov. 22, and will further battle Rian Johnson’s Lionsgate/MRC pic Knives Out on Thanksgiving Eve as well as Universal’s Queen & Slim. 

Blake Lively Is In Talks For New ‘Gossip Girl’-Style TV Series

Blake Lively Is In Talks For New ‘Gossip Girl’-Style TV Series

Lively is currently in talks with Amazon Studios for a scripted fashion series, the company’s head of entertainment, Jennifer Salke, revealed at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit this week.

Amazon Studio head Jennifer Salke surprised the crowd at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on Wednesday by making two announcements: that the Emmy-winning Marvelous Mrs. Maisel would return for a second season in December (after she showed a short clip from an upcoming episode), and that actress Blake Lively will develop a scripted series for the streaming network. She hinted that Lively’s show had a fashion theme and a merchandising component.

Salke said she decided to pull the trigger on the Lively project moments before she walked onstage. “I just told business affairs I’m going to do this,” she continued, noting that Lively was currently in Rome, sleeping. “She’ll wake up to it.

Divulging that the deal is just “a moment from done”, Salke described Lively as “a force of nature: ambitious, smart and talented,” reports Variety.

Blake also has a huge appetite for a big scripted show with a really interesting writer who I can’t talk about yet,” Salke revealed at the Summit. “[They] will bring to life a scripted show that will be excellent and culturally relevant and original and all those things, but it will also have a connection to a merchandising opportunity,

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively ask each other some very important questions

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The stars of A Simple Favor told us all about their first impressions of each other and their worst days on set.

It feels like Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively should’ve been in a movie together years ago. They have great chemistry; they’re both hilarious, and they’ve been IRL friends ever since Anna worked with Blake’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, on 2014’s The Voices. Now they’re finally teaming up professionally for A Simple Favor, the new darkly comic thriller from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. After her best friend Emily (Blake) goes missing, stay-at-home mom Stephanie (Anna) makes it her mission to find out exactly what happened. But it turns out there’s a lot more to Emily’s backstory than Stephanie ever knew.

We at BuzzFeed love Blake and Anna, so when we were given the opportunity to talk to them aboutA Simple Favor in London this week, we jumped at the chance. They told us all about their first impressions of each other, their worst days on set, and much, much more…

Anna Kendrick: Oh god, I’m nervous. I’m actually nervous! OK… What was the first thing you thought when you met me?

Blake Lively: Well, the first time I met you, we were, like, 18 or 19, and I remember being nervous. We met through friends, and it was right after the premiere of Rocket Science, and you were just so good and I was just like, oh you’re so funny and charming. I was like, wow, this girl’s really cool.

AK: Aw, she’s nice.

BL: I was nervous!

AK: That’s so weird!

BL: But when somebody’s so sharp and so funny and so smart and you can tell that’s coming from their mind and not from the script…

AK: Yeah. SNL was the worst week of my life. I was like, “I’m so afraid of all of you.”

BL: What was the best thing about getting to work with me?

BL: Where do you start? [laughs]

AK: It was great to have that kind of partner-in-crime vibe with you. Sometimes you work with somebody, and they’re great — they’re really, genuinely great — and they just have a very different working style, let’s say. You know, they’re the kind of person that you can’t come to them in between and be like, “Yo, let me tell you what just happened.” So that was great.

BL: Aw, that’s nice.

AK: What was your reaction when you found out we’d be working together?

BL: What was my reaction? Oh my gosh.

AK: Dude, were you, like, sooo intimidated by my physicality?

BL: I was excited to be working with you… I mean like, you know, a little disappointed ’cause I’m told Dame Judi Dench was gonna be the mommy vlogger.

AK: That would’ve been great. We’ve done a couple of things where we’ve done bits about, like, Cate Blanchett or Dame Judi Dench and I’m like, I would watch that movie! I would love that movie!

BL: No, but actually, I was especially excited because this script and this book is very much a straight thriller, and I knew Paul really wanted to make it more comedic and fun and playful but that didn’t really necessarily make sense for the script. So as soon as he hired you, I was like, oh, we’re good. All of the comedy and the levity and the acerbic wit will come through.

AK: This is like Compliment Fest 5000.

BL: I know, our egos are gonna be so big when we walk out of here.

BL: What was the most challenging role you’ve ever played?

BL: That has nothing to do with me! Next question!

AK: Honestly, this [A Simple Favor] was really hard! The tone of the movie — we talked about that basically every day — like, what is the tone of the movie? We were playing with all these different things. There were definitely times when I was like, “Paul, you definitely want the audience to like the protagonist of the film, right? We’re not doing a weird thing where the audience is supposed to be like, ‘God, the lead of the film is awful!’”

I’m so controlling, and all these things that women aren’t supposed to be. Honestly, it was really challenging to try to make her human — to make that show through the cracks of the incredibly irritating facade that she puts on. So that was that answer that had nothing to do with you. And also you’re very pretty.

AK: What was the most difficult scene to film in A Simple Favor?

BL: Oh, boy. I think the most difficult scene to film was probably the scene at the end of the film, where we set up all these plot twists and turns and then it was the big reveal. That was another 11-page scene and it was you, me, and Henry [Golding]. That was tricky because we, on the day, had to make the plot twists make sense. And they didn’t totally make sense, as we revealed. We sat there with Paul, and Paul was like, “Wait, you’re right.” And so you came up with the best solution ever.

AK: Thank you, my lady. I remember being done with that day and being mentally exhausted from trying to make sure that it all made sense. Because once we’d discovered that there was one thing we had to change, I was questioning every line. I was saying a line, and then going, “Does that make any fucking sense?”

BL: My other most challenging day — I’m still scarred by this — was when I worked late the night before, and so they told me to come in an hour and a half later the next morning, but didn’t make you come in later. I came to set and I was in hair and makeup, and I was like, “Oh, so weird, is Anna — where is she?” and they were like, “Oh, she’s been ready for an hour. We didn’t push her call.”

AK: That was the day I decided I hate you.

BL: It was so mortifying. You’re working in every scene in this movie, and I come in for a few weeks like, “Just wait for me for an hour and a half while I get my hair braided!” I literally wanted to die and I sucked so bad in that scene because I never recovered.

AK: We were all talking shit about you.

BL: I never recovered from it!

AK: No, of course! I had one day, if it makes you feel any better — on this film, actually — I had a day that my alarm didn’t go off and somebody was knocking on my door to my apartment. I woke up and heard someone knocking, and immediately I was just like, “No no no no no!” You run to the door and you still have zit cream on and you’re like, “I’ll be ready in two seconds, I’m so sorry!” And the whole day you’re apologising to everybody. So we’re in the same boat, sister.

BL: What scene from A Simple Favorwas the most fun for you to film?

AK: I really feel like the first scene — not the scene where we meet, but the scene where we go to your house. I was having a lot of fun that day, because we were nervous about it feeling like a really contentious relationship. We found a way to kind of flirt with each other that was really fun, even though the things we’re saying don’t necessarily have that element. That was a really fun day.

AK: What was the most exciting element of playing your character in A Simple Favor?

BL: I guess just thinking of things that would make my mom so uncomfortable. I thought, I could just say whatever I want, because this isn’t me. So I was just thinking, What will make my mom want to leave the theatre?

AK: That is a great motivation. You hear that, Mom?

BL: We’ve both played a diverse range of characters throughout our careers. What kind of role would you most like to play next?

BL: Do you see how I made that about me at the beginning of this question? [laughs]

AK: I actually would like to play a villain. I know you’ve said that you had a lot of fun playing a villain. I’ve played flawed characters and characters who do things that aren’t necessarily very well-intentioned sometimes, but I’ve never done a true villain. So that would be fun. Super or non.

AK: What were you most apprehensive about when it came to playing your character in A Simple Favor?

BL: I guess, you know, I was on a TV show for six years where I played a girl from the Upper East Side who wore lots of pretty clothes, and so this was a fashion woman who works on the Upper East Side. I wanted it to be a very different look and vibe than that, so that’s one of the reasons why I ended up in men’s suits.

AK: I also remember the day you told me that you had just bought that Gucci belt — this was a year ago, so she was ahead of the trend.

BL: Oh, yeah, I threw that in the trash immediately after. [laughs]

AK: And Ryan [Reynolds] was like, “Why are you wearing a Gossip Girl belt?”

BL: Oh yeah, I forgot that! Because of the two GGs. It’s even the same font. It’s so embarrassing. I was a walking, talking, “look at me” ad.

AK: Yeah, I was like, that is brilliant. Because that was his initial reaction — you got yourself a monogrammed Gossip Girl belt. That was amazing.

BL: If you could incorporate any of your character’s personality traits into your real life, what would it be?

AK: None? I mean… [thinks for a long time] You know, she can do a rap in the car. I’ll give her that.

BL: Yeah, but you can too. So what would you incorporate from her?

AK: Ooh! I guess I would be a better cook. She’s supposed to be a cook and I would love to be able to know how to do that. But without working at it. Without, like, having to learn and try hard. That would be great.

AK: If you could use any line from the movie as a personal motto, what would it be?

AK: Go right at ’em or they’ll fuck you in the face?

BL: Yeah! The powerful ones. “You’ve gotta go right at ’em, or they’ll fuck you in the face.”

AK: Which is true.

BL: Or, “If your head’s gonna end up in a trash can, your head’s gonna end up in a trash can.”

AK: Oh, I did like that one.

BL: You actually said that in that moment, “What if your head ends up in a trash can?” That was you that teed that whole thing up, because that wasn’t in there. It was great! It was just like, “Oh, I don’t date people from the city, I’m scared.” But you took it to the next level by being like, “But what if my head ends up in a trash can?” Which is so disturbing.

AK: Oooh, that says something about my brain.

BL: There are a lot of comedy moments in the film. Was any of it improvised? If so, what was your favourite scene to improvise?

AK: Yeah, some — not like full Bridesmaids improvised. I feel like the first day we did all of those improvs was when Paul just kept making me come up with gross-sounding martinis, and that was my big win for the day. Then I ended up looking up all these flavoured vodkas to see if they actually were martinis.

BL: Yeah, and they were on the menu at TGI Friday’s.

AK: I was like, at a certain point, it’s not a martini any more. It is disturbing to know how many flavours of vodka exist in the world. When you’re at key lime pie, you’ve gone too far.

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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 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!

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.