In Studio With Blake Lively: Playing a Blind Woman Who Regained Sight in ‘All I See is You’ interview by The Hollywood Reporter…
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 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 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
Check out the new (second) trailer for The Age of Adaline, plus x76 HD screencaps, here.
Pregnant Blake Lively discussed her favourite family traditions on Christmas for a video interview with The Kit.
The expecting 27-year-old revealed that her parents and her four older siblings – Eric, Lori, Robyn, and Jason – spend the day in bed together.
‘I don’t know how my family tends to…everybody gets in the same bed,’ the Savages starlet said of her showbiz LA family.
‘Somehow we just spend seven hours a day all together just chatting and it’s really nice to have that time, because it’s rare that we get together for such a nice chunk of time.’
Blake continued: ‘We never leave the house. We’re together all day whether we’re making gingerbread houses, or baking cookies, or sitting around and watching movies all piled up.’