Blake Lively suffers stomach knots before red carpets

Actress Blake Lively might seem like she’s effortlessly cool at big events, but she’s always tied up in knots and battling butterflies on her way to red carpets.The A Simple Favor star, who is considered a fashion tastemaker with her fabulous outfit ch…

Actress Blake Lively might seem like she’s effortlessly cool at big events, but she’s always tied up in knots and battling butterflies on her way to red carpets.

The A Simple Favor star, who is considered a fashion tastemaker with her fabulous outfit choices, admits she can’t get comfortable in front of cameras unless she plays a character.

“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,” she tells screen star Sydney Sweeney in a joint interview with InStyle. “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.”

Although her nerves still get the better of her before she debuts an ensemble at a big event, Blake has a lot of faith in her choices and doesn’t employ a stylist.

“You just want to represent yourself properly, so that’s why I chose to style myself,” she said, revealing her former Gossip Girl TV gig helped her develop style confidence.

“I also had the very fortunate and unique opportunity of being on Gossip Girl, where fashion was a main character,” she added, “so I started developing a relationship with designers, and then I’d get their email addresses. It all happened organically.”

To pump up her confidence when she is wearing a particularly sexy gown, Blake channels bombshell Jennifer Lopez before she graces the red carpet.

“With some outfits you need to do a smolder (face expression) because if you’re wearing a slit up to your hip bone and you’re smiling like you’re on (Disney thrill ride) Space Mountain; it just doesn’t go together,” she explained. “It took me a few years to learn it too. If you pretend that you’re J.Lo, that helps.”

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Blake Lively: ‘Women need to embrace unlikable roles’

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not c…

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts.

The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not come off in the same positive light if they play a bully or a vamp villain – but she still urges her peers to stretch themselves and take on unlikable roles, because women shouldn’t need to feel it is important for their characters to be popular.

“I keep getting, ‘Here’s this great script, it’s a male but we will gender flip it’,” she tells the Associated Press. “Well why don’t we just flip it now…’ They’ve already written (it), but instead of rewriting it, they are like, ‘Now this person is a woman’, which is great because you want women to be as unlikable as men.”

But Blake accepts that some roles need a revamp when a woman signs on to take a part written for a guy: “If you gave a woman Harrison Ford’s line, it would be like, ‘You can never say that, she’s such a jerk’, but if it’s a man, it’s sort of charming and sexy,” she adds. “So it’s good to have a touch of that, but also there are differences in men and women.

“Let’s do a little bit of rewriting (but) I think we need to embrace being unlikable – that is sort of what I’ve done.”

In Blake’s new film, A Simple Favor, the actress plays a high-maintenance mean mum with a suitcase full of secrets, who disappears and is presumed dead.

It’s a role that was a bit of a stretch for bright and breezy Blake, but she jumped at the chance to be a part of the Paul Feig movie, because the who project reminded her of old Hollywood.

“I don’t even know what films I would compare this to, because to me it’s not really a thriller and it’s not really a comedy, but what I loved about it is that it was like movies like Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, where the plot is very sinister and disturbing and full of twists, but the characters are so over the top and fabulous,” she says.

“That happened in Hollywood back in the 1940s, but not so much now and I think it’s just time to do it again.”

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Blake Lively hits fitness goals with just two days of training per week

Blake Lively maintains her model-like physique with a maximum of three weekly visits to the gym.The A Simple Favor actress and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, welcomed their second daughter, Inez, in 2016, and Blake quickly dropped the baby weight thanks t…

Blake Lively maintains her model-like physique with a maximum of three weekly visits to the gym.

The A Simple Favor actress and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, welcomed their second daughter, Inez, in 2016, and Blake quickly dropped the baby weight thanks to a little help from New York-based trainer Don Saladino – and she admits she didn’t need to spend her life at the health club.

“I see her as much as her schedule allows,” DriveClubs gym Saladino tells Us Weekly. “We aim for two to three days a week, but she is incredibly busy. She enjoys training, but it doesn’t run her life. Her family is always first. The secret to our success was improving her strength and conditioning – this is how she was able to lose 61 pounds (28 kilograms).”

The fitness professional also trains with Blake’s other half, and reveals strength training during their sessions helps them reach their fitness goals.

“People have always been panicked about getting too big. If this happens, it’s because of poor or higher calorie nutrition,” he explains. “If a person comes to me with the focus of looking great in a swimsuit or naked, then cardio alone will not do it. I do believe there is the correct amount of resistance training volume. This is where a lot of the magic happens.”

Don also works with other celebrity clients like Stranger Things actor David Harbour and former Gossip Girl star Sebastian Stan, and he puts the emphasis on movement in every session.

“The one thing that never changes is movement quality. I’m always prioritising maintaining strength with movement quality,” he shares. “Because of this, they are always in shape and can adapt to any role they need to prep for.”

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Blake Lively helped get husband Ryan Reynold’s gin company into new movie

Blake Lively convinced director Paul Feig to use husband Ryan Reynolds’ gin in her new movie A Simple Favor. The Town star’s character in the film, Emily, only drinks martinis made with Aviation American Gin, the company Reynolds became an owner of in…

Blake Lively convinced director Paul Feig to use husband Ryan Reynolds’ gin in her new movie A Simple Favor.

The Town star’s character in the film, Emily, only drinks martinis made with Aviation American Gin, the company Reynolds became an owner of in February (18). Feig reveals he was trying to get permission to feature another liquor company, but went with the Deadpool 2’s company after Blake suggested it to him. However, he was not aware Ryan owned the company.

“At the time, I was trying to clear another gin, and Blake’s like, ‘Hey! Ryan’s got this gin that he really likes!’ She really liked the company and everybody involved,” he tells Cosmopolitan. “And I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t like the look of it on the screen, but I really thought the bottle looked fantastic.”

“So I, honestly, didn’t even realize the level of involvement that (Ryan) had in it, but I think it’s great, because it’s a really good gin,” he adds.

Paul also reveals Blake was heavily involved in her character’s wardrobe.

“We invented the (white striped suit) look (that is featured on the movie’s posters) when we were putting the movie together, back in one of our first meetings with Renee Kalfus our wardrobe designer,” he adds. “As we were finishing up, putting everything together, I had seen a couple of pictures of her in suits, then she contacted me and she said, ‘You know what, I’m just gonna keep going with the suits to help promote the movie’.”

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Blake Lively accidentally copied her director’s outfit during Fashion Week

Blake Lively was embarrassed when she realised she’d worn the same outfit as director Paul Feig to a recent Ralph Lauren show.The pair recently worked together shooting the Gossip Girl star’s latest movie A Simple Favor, and reunited to attend Ralph La…

Blake Lively was embarrassed when she realised she’d worn the same outfit as director Paul Feig to a recent Ralph Lauren show.

The pair recently worked together shooting the Gossip Girl star’s latest movie A Simple Favor, and reunited to attend Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary runway show on Sunday (09Sep18). Blake looked stylish as ever in a monochrome two-piece suit with matching cane and though many people noticed the similarities between her and Anne Hathaway’s tailored outfits, she was more concerned about matching “her date” Paul’s look.

“In a A Simple Favor, the movie we have coming out on 14 September – shameless self-promotion here – I modelled my entire character’s look after him,” she explained to E! News. “So tonight, we were coming as dates and didn’t realise we’re wearing the same outfit – it’s so embarrassing.”

Blake has previously spoken about the Bridesmaids’ filmmaker’s eye for fashion, admitting she has often copied his “amazing” sense of style by wearing Oxford button-up shirts and bowties along with suits by brands including Vivienne Westwood and Versace.

Though she’s experimented with a number of two-pieces during A Simple Favor’s promotional tour, it was fitting the matching outfits should occur at a Ralph Lauren event, as the 31-year-old shared that she is exclusively wearing suits designed by the American fashion house throughout the movie.

True to form, Blake and Paul also wore suits to the movie’s world premiere held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Monday night. The 55-year-old wore a black and gold metallic floral jacket, while Blake went for a dramatic black Givenchy suit with a long train, which she layered over a glittery sheer turtleneck top and paired with matching sparkly Christian Louboutin heels.

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Blake Lively was the brains behind power suits in A Simple Favor

Actress Blake Lively came up with her formidable character’s menswear style in director Paul Feig’s new movie A Simple Favor.The style icon plays a public relations expert for a huge New York fashion house in the new mystery movie from the Bridesmaids …

Actress Blake Lively came up with her formidable character’s menswear style in director Paul Feig’s new movie A Simple Favor.

The style icon plays a public relations expert for a huge New York fashion house in the new mystery movie from the Bridesmaids director, and she admits she had a huge hand in crafting the wardrobe for her character, Emily Melson, with award-winning costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.

“The idea of menswear came from Blake,” the costumer told Fashionista. “She said, ‘I think I should brand myself (as Emily)’.”

Kalfus, who won a Costume Designers Guild Award last year (17) for her work on Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, was happy to follow Blake’s lead, noting the risk turned out to be perfect.

“The suiting runs a little against type with having the actress Blake Lively walk in with all those legs,” she laughed. “You kind of want to show everything and instead we establish this men’s look, which wound up being very sexy – and she was basically covered.”

Kalfus also enhanced Blake’s character through accessories, using 19th century jewellery and other lavish embellishments.

“Emily is just kind of over the top,” the wardrobe specialist shares. “It was part of her character and part of her shield. The more she put on, the more these garments protected her – and hid her – in a funny way.”

Meanwhile, Renee used prominent shirt cuffs and collars on Blake’s co-star Anna Kendrick, who portrays mummy blogger Stephanie Smothers in the film, to contrast with Lively’s more intimidating character.

“In her own way, Stephanie is branding herself as well, as this cheery, DIY (do-it-yourself), clever, perfect mummy,” the costumer explains.

A Simple Favor hits U.S. theatres later this month (Sep18).

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Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively made sure they were minty fresh for kissing scene

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively were minty-fresh for their same sex kiss in new movie A Simple Favor. The pair had to lock lips for a pivotal scene in the thriller and Anna reveals they both went out of their way to make sure their teeth were clean and…

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively were minty-fresh for their same sex kiss in new movie A Simple Favor.

The pair had to lock lips for a pivotal scene in the thriller and Anna reveals they both went out of their way to make sure their teeth were clean and their breaths fresh.

Anna, who plays a blogger investigating the disappearance of her chic friend in the Paul Feig-directed movie, tells Pride Source, “All I’m ever thinking about in kissing scenes is, ‘Who has gum? Who has a mint?’, and I think Blake is probably the same, because I’ve never experienced a guy, like, searching for a mint and searching for gum. So, we were the mintiest, freshest two people to have ever kissed in the history of America.”

The same-sex kiss wasn’t a spontaneous thing – the co-stars spent a lot of time working out what the long kiss scene should look like and how it would affect their characters.

“I remember Blake and I both feeling like neither of us wanted to be the aggressor in the scene,” Kendrick explains. “Blake was worried that she would come off as taking advantage of me in that scene, because I’m in a very vulnerable place, and I was worried that I would come off like I wanted so much more, and that Blake is just kind of playing.

“(Blake’s character) Emily is very comfortable with the fluid aspects of her sexuality, whereas (my character) Stephanie has more of an emotional component to it… She’s completely in love with her (Emily) in a way that she can’t totally understand.”

But, storyline and techniques aside, Kendrick adds, “It was a fun day.”

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Anna Kendrick frustrated at wholesome typecasting

Anna Kendrick is frustrated that she’s almost always offered roles as wholesome characters – when in real life she is anything but.The 33-year-old actress’ appearances in the Twilight and Pitch Perfect franchises have earned her a reputation as a depen…

Anna Kendrick is frustrated that she’s almost always offered roles as wholesome characters – when in real life she is anything but.

The 33-year-old actress’ appearances in the Twilight and Pitch Perfect franchises have earned her a reputation as a dependable star of family-friendly films.

But Anna says that off screen you’re more likely to find her drinking and cursing than being perky and caring.

“All my friends know me,” she told Total Film magazine. “I can’t get through a serious conversation without making an inappropriate joke. I drink all the time. I curse all the time. I have no interest in children. So when people are like, ‘You’re perfect to play this upbeat, doesn’t curse, doesn’t drink mommy blogger who is obsessed with her kids, I’m like, ‘What? What the f**k are you talking about?'”

The opportunity to unleash her naughty side is one reason she’s delighted to have been cast alongside Blake Lively in A Simple Favor – a new thriller in which she plays Stephanie, a motherhood blogger whose outward friendliness masks a dark past.

Explaining her character, Anna said: “She’s got a lot of issues… guilt about stuff she’s done in her youth. She is trying hard to plaster on a smile and a can-do attitude that says, ‘I’ve never done anything wrong in my life! The cracks start to show as the movie goes on.”

In the movie, Blake plays Stephanie’s best friend Emily, a potty-mouthed publicist who disappears – prompting the blogger to hunt for her.

Anna says she was pleasantly surprised to find the Gossip Girl star shared her dark sense of humour when she previously met her after working with Blake’s husband Ryan Reynolds.

“I just thought she was so, so, sweet,” the actress said. “And it was really fun to get to know her a little better and see the kind of funny dark side of her. I was a little worried about her being such a sweetheart that I would be offending her left and right.”

A Sample Favor hits in cinemas from 13 September (18).

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Blake Lively’s style inspired by her on screen characters

Blake Lively’s personal style often reflects the character she’s playing.While Blake never puts a fashion foot wrong on the red carpet, fans might not realise that a lot of the time she’s incorporating subtle style nods inspired by her acting rol…

Blake Lively’s personal style often reflects the character she’s playing.

While Blake never puts a fashion foot wrong on the red carpet, fans might not realise that a lot of the time she’s incorporating subtle style nods inspired by her acting roles.

This includes the 30-year-old’s current penchant for wearing boots with her outfits.

“For some reason, I’ve been really into boots. I think because I’m doing a movie (The Rhythm Section) where I play an assassin, and I was wearing a lot of military boots, and I start to get a little Single White Female with my characters,” she laughed to W Magazine, referencing the ‘90s psychological drama.

“I start to take on their style and fashion a little bit, so I started wearing combat boots a lot. I did a press tour in October where I tucked my suit – my very proper tweed suit – I wore combat boots and tucked the suit into them.”

And Blake can even pinpoint her newfound obsession with suits and masculine looks – her upcoming thriller A Simple Favor. The Paul Feig-directed film follows a mummy blogger in a small town who discovers her best friend has vanished.

While searching for an iconic look for her character Emily, Blake first considered style icons Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour, before stumbling on someone closer to home.

“I thought, what for this character would be really iconic? And I looked to the director, and he wears the most beautiful – Paul Feig, you have to google him,” she exclaimed. “His fashion is insane! His fashion is amazing. I was like, Look no further! This guy! I dressed just like him. And what was interesting was that in the process we started doing the women’s version, like wearing a men’s shirt but with no shirt, and I thought, ‘Why? Let’s do it like a man would wear it.’ So I started wearing Oxfords buttoned all the way up, and a bowtie, and a pocket square. I just loved it so much!”

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