Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick answer the web’s most searched questions

Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick answer the web’s most searched questions

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick take the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves. Is Anna Kendrick scrappy? Is Blake Lively on LinkedIn? Does Anna Kendrick actually sing?

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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.”

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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 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’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

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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 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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