In Studio With Blake Lively: Playing a Blind Woman Who Regained Sight in ‘All I See is You’ interview by The Hollywood Reporter…
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How All I See Is You challenged Lively to dig into a difficult role and see nude scenes in a new light.
In the upcoming drama All I See Is You, Blake Lively plays a nearly blind woman whose sight is restored after an urgent, miraculous surgery. The character, Gina, then goes through a whirlwind of change, discovering new things about herself, her sexuality, and her marriage. It’s a fraught psychological affair, with Gina’s husband (played by Jason Clarke) slowly realizing that he misses the days when his wife was wholly dependent on him.
“It’s the performance that I’m most proud of,” Lively tells Vanity Fair.
Directed by Marc Forster, the film requires a lot of Lively, who appears in nearly every scene as her character transforms from a meek woman into a determined siren. Forster shapes the drama with experimental flair, featuring kaleidoscopic imagery and racy scenes that required Lively to appear partially nude on screen for the first time in her career.
That was so outside her wheelhouse that Lively almost never saw the script in the first place; her team assumed she would not be interested in a role that required nudity, and Forster was unwilling to remove it. “I thought well, he’s not unmoving. Let me read it and if it’s great, then I’ll [talk] him out of it.”
So Lively read the script, and instantly fell in love—nude scene and all. The way Forster had written it actually changed the way Lively viewed on-screen nudity: “I always find nudity distracting,” she says. “I’m very in love with my husband, but if there’s a pair of boobs out, I’m a human being! You’re like ‘boobs!’ It doesn’t mean I’m lusting for them, [but] when there’s naked boobies, you look at them.”
For character research, Lively consulted with blind friends and experimented with using blackout glasses. Throughout the film, the actress also has to wear a variety of contact lenses to show her character’s evolving states of visibility. In an act of true kismet, the on-set lens technician who worked with Lively had actually gone through something similar to her character’s experience, and was able to serve as an instant resource for the actress.
“I was really acting for her,” she says. “[I would ask] is this the accurate reaction? How do you feel? If I would make her laugh, or if I would make her cry . . . then I knew I was doing my job.”
The film took place and was actually shot in Thailand last year. Lively leapt right into the job just four months after giving birth to her second daughter, working grueling 19-hour work days. “I don’t remember a moment that we weren’t filming,” she says. “It was the most intense film I’d ever been on.”
When asked how one manages to keep up regular 19-hour work days, Lively laughs: “You just stop sleeping at night.”
All I See Is You hits theaters on October 27. Check out an poster and screencaps we have added to the gallery…
Blake candidly opening up about Ryan her other half – who she married in 2012 – as she talks to Glamour magazine that their friendship manage to the lay the foundations for a loving relationship and has been vital in overcoming conflict.
And while a girl’s girl, she insisted that unlike previous romances she now goes to Ryan for advice and a shoulder to cry rather than her girlfriends.
She began: ‘In other relationships, if something came up, I would call my girlfriends, or my sister, and say, “Hey, this is what he did – what should I do?”
‘Whereas with him (Ryan Reynolds), we were friends for two years before we were ever dating. And I treat him like my girlfriend.
‘I’m like, “Hey, this happened. It upset me. This is how I feel. What do I do?” And he does the same for me. He treats me like his best buddy.’
While gushing about their respect for one another, Blake gave fans of her husband’s Twitter account – which has amassed over 6.5million followers – some insight into the thought process behind his hilarious tweets that tend to focus on their daughters.
The former Gossip Girl actress – who shares daughters James, two, and 10-month-old Ines with the Hollywood actor – admitted that he makes-up most of his ‘scenarios’ for comic value but it’s what she loves about him.
We have added scans from both US and UK Glamour to the gallery…
Each year, Variety highlights five prominent women who are using their clout and influence to bring attention to worthy causes. This year’s honorees are: Jessica Chastain (Planned Parenthood), Chelsea Clinton (Alliance for a Healthier Generation), Gayle King (SEO Scholars), Blake Lively (Child Rescue Coalition), Audra McDonald (Covenant House), and Shari Redstone (Legal Services Corp.).
Blake Lively wants to use the power of the web to crack down on child pornography. The movie star (“The Shallows,” “Café Society”) is working with the Child Rescue Coalition on promoting a groundbreaking technology that flags the IP addresses of people who share and download sexually explicit images of minors.
The actress and L’Oreal pitchwoman found out about the nonprofit at an event sponsored by the beauty brand. “There are millions of files all over the world being traded every single day of child pornography,” says Lively, who was drawn to the cause as the mother of two young children. “It’s so disturbing. A lot of these people are fathers.”
Coalition CEO Carly Asher Yoost says she and Lively were immediately simpatico. “We hit it off, and we’re both passionate about protecting kids,” says Yoost, who founded the nonprofit organization in 2013, in Boca Raton, Fla. “We stayed in touch, and she really wanted to help. She got us a meeting at a technology summit at Facebook.”
Yoost hopes to convince internet providers to block users from sharing child pornography, as she points to research that suggests 85% of those who consume it have abused children. “Our mission is to protect the innocent,” Yoost says. “We try to get [the data] in the hands of law enforcement.”
By partnering with officers in 67 countries, the Child Rescue Coalition has led to the arrest of 9,000 predators, and rescued 2,084 children from active abuse. “If you proactively find these predators, you can save so many children,” says Lively.
Blake Lively is the latest celeb to admit that snapping back to your pre-pregnancy body doesn’t come easy. She’s doing it with lots of gym time, an entire diet program, and a New Year’s resolution to hold her accountable.
“New Years resolution started early — I WILL fit into my jeans again gall darnet,” she captioned a pic of her food haul on Monday night. “Thanks @getepicured for making it tasty.”
And while a celeb endorsement like that doesn’t usually come cheap, this one was free. “This is not an ad,” she continued. “This is me getting it up for healthy food. ?????.”
But a nutrition regimen is just the beginning of her post-baby body plan of action. She’s also hitting the gym hard — at least when she’s not hiding from her personal trainer, Don Saladino.
It’s the era of television reboots, and it looks like the CW’s “Gossip Girl” might be getting it’s moment next.
According to a report from E! News, the show’s executive producers, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, are not ruling out the possibility of a revival.
When asked if he would consider doing a reboot, Josh replied,
We haven’t really explored some of those conversations. Maybe, I don’t know. We haven’t really thought about it.
He also added “the internet has changed” and he would be interested in exploring how Serena and Blair would fair with new social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram.
So, although that sounds like a “maybe, probably not” to a normal person, in industry speak that’s a lot more optimistic.
To me, it sounds like they’re at least trying to work on something — it’s hard to believe the producers hadn’t even thought about it amidst the publicity for the “Gilmore Girls” and “Fuller House” reboot series.
“Gossip Girl” ended in 2012, so it might be a bit too soon to launch a revival just yet. Maybe we’ll hear about it again in upcoming years.
And of course, whether Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and the rest of the cast would come back if there WAS a revival would be a whole different story.
As the girls would say, only time will tell.
Actress Blake Lively was so anxious on her first day of shooting Woody Allen’s Café Society that she had to hold her co-star’s hand.
Blake Lively was shocked when she was asked to audition for Woody Allen’s new movie Café Society because she never saw herself as “fitting in” the director’s world. The comedy drama is set in 1930s Hollywood and tells the love triangle story between Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg), Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) and Veronica (Blake Lively).
Making her name in teen drama TV series Gossip Girl, Blake, 28, has recently been branching out into more serious roles, including a recent turn as a troubled surfer in The Shallows. But she never anticipated being cast in one of Woody’s offbeat dramas, and was extremely nervous when she auditioned for the role, especially as she wasn’t given any details about the character before she read the lines for the famed director.
“I did it once in a room with a couple of people and Woody – no cameras, very low-key. Then he says, ‘OK, do it again. Just this time, louder’. I realised I must have been whispering, I was so nervous,” she told Total Film magazine. “But the next day, I got a phone call asking if I wanted to do it. A Woody Allen movie is such specific writing, such a refined cadence, so I never saw myself fitting into that world, though I love it.”
Blake, who is married to actor Ryan Reynolds, was also extremely worried on the first day of filming Café Society as one of her first scenes had a lot of lengthy dialogue and she didn’t want to stumble on her words.
“(Co-star) Parker Posey was holding my hand under the table,” she confided. “I was intimidated because he’s an iconic filmmaker.
Café Society is showing in U.S. theatres now and opens in U.K. cinemas on 2 September (16).
Blake recently appeared on Live! With Kelly and co-host Fred Savage, you can watch the interview, here. We also added x289 screencaps to the gallery, and while we were at it, we capped a bunch of other recent interviews too – enjoy!
x289 Live! With Kelly and co-host Fred Savage July 2016
x418 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon July 2016
x131 The TODAY Show June 2016
x527 Late Night with Seth Meyers June 2016
x230 The Shallows Interview June 2016
x520 Sway in the Morning June 2016
x414 The Chew June 2016
x162 The Shallows Junket Interview June 2016
x192 Cafe Society Cannes Interview May 2016
Straight from the trainer to you.
In preparation for her role in The Shallows, Blake Lively and trainer Don Saladino set up a flexible six day workout plan for the actress to ensure she was in peak physical condition to fight that shark.
“She truly listened to me every step of the way and we both listened to her body,” Saladino tells Well and Good. “At the end of the day, it will never be one-size-fits-all. In order to get the results, you need to be paying attention to what’s going on [with you].”
Before laying out the workout regimen, Saladino noted that every workout is different and to always keep that in mind when reading up on celebrity workout plans:
“I could write out a workout for you, but the thing that people have to take into consideration is the intensity levels,” Saladino says. “And just because you see a celebrity workout plan, doesn’t mean that it’s exactly the same formula that helped them get in shape. If a leg day was set up for a Monday for Blake, but she was flying home the night before and stayed up all night with the baby and was exhausted, I’m not gonna make her do the full workout.”
So what did Lively get up to on those six days?
Day one focused on the upper body, finishing with a 20-30 minute burst of cardio. Day two was all about the lower body, think kettlebell deadlift, a lateral lunge, and split squat. Day three encompassed water; Lively hit the pool with a mix of interval work, treading water and long-distance swimming. Day four focused on getting outdoors and exercises that work anywhere: walking lunges, push-ups, and planks and more cardio. On day five, Saladino simply encouraged Lively to head outdoors “whether that was a walk with her daughter or husband, a jog around town, or a hike—for 30-40 minutes.”