Blake Lively: “I don’t think I’d say, ‘Watch Gossip Girl for my best quality of work’”

Blake Lively hasn’t done a magazine interview since the March issue of Elle Magazine. This is surprising, considering she’s one of the bigger Fashion Girls around these days, and considering she’s already scored TWO Vogue covers. I would imagine Blake gets offers to do magazine shoots every single month. So what does it say when she gives away an interview and photo shoot to a publication like Bullett, which I’ve never even heard of? It says to me that Blake Lively is looking to break out of her “Fashion Girl and not much else” box. This is Blake launching herself as Blake Lively: Serious Actress. Some highlights from Bullett:

She’s the face of a fragrance now, apparently: Blake has just wrapped her third and final day on the set of a still-undisclosed fragrance commercial, which was directed by Drive auteur Nicolas Winding Refn. “He was my first choice,” she says with the pleased smile of someone who’s grown used to getting what she wants.

Blake on her new film, Savages, full of sex, drugs & violence: “I think it’s really hard for people to digest that these privileged kids are in a three-way relationship,” she says. “Your heroes are all sleeping with each other, but they’re also in love. It’s very easy to dislike them, so when my character gets kidnapped, it’s like, ‘Well, good riddance!’ My greatest challenge was to make her life worthy of saving, to find the heart in this story.” To do so, she carefully examined the world into which Ophelia, whom Lively describes as a “Penny Lane–type free spirit,” was born. “I started thinking about the state of young people these days,” she says. “In my character’s situation, her mom is off with nine different husbands and her dad left her when she was a kid. She has nobody to learn from, so she’s making her own mistakes. Dad takes a hike and now she’s hiking up her dress for two guys. You don’t think there’s a parallel there? These kids are very much the product of this cynical generation.”

Not having tricks to fall back on: “To play a blond California girl who gets with two men was scary. If it looks like me and talks like me, how do I turn it into something different? It would have been easier if I’d been thrown into the movie with a Scottish accent and purple hair,” Lively says.

Filming scenes with Benicio del Toro: In one particularly grueling scene, del Toro’s Lado rapes Ophelia, the filming of which Lively describes as “really awful and traumatic. I can’t imagine having to do that scene with somebody who I didn’t feel comfortable and safe with.” For his part, del Toro says, “Without Blake, it would have been impossible to survive Oliver Stone. Even though the scenes between us are mean and violent, we were the first ones to laugh about what we were doing.” Another scene called for del Toro to blow smoke in Lively’s face, and for her to retaliate by spitting on his. Stone shot multiple takes to make sure he perfectly captured her rage in the moment. “I think she really enjoyed it,” del Toro says. When she hears this, Lively laughs. “I think he liked it, too.”

Working with director Oliver Stone: “Oliver is by no means a cheerleader,” she says. “His movies very much reflect the strong, aggressive powerhouse that he is, so he’s not cooing at you along the way. It was challenging because you want to feel like you can do no wrong, especially with your director, but that definitely wasn’t the case here. It’s not a good thing or a bad thing—it’s just the way he works.”

Hints of Ryan Reynolds: Lively’s hired muscle, a broad-shouldered man from Queens, sweeps through every room to ensure the safety of his client, to whom he’d been recommended by Reynolds. (On February 14, Lively filed a restraining order against Sergei Mifle, an obsessive Gossip Girl fan who allegedly made repeated calls to her mother, talent manager Elaine Lively, because he wanted to “heal” her daughter, about whom he was “deeply concerned.” She now rarely leaves the house without an accompanying bodyguard.) “I get called every now and again when Blake’s in New York. She has a regular guy in L.A.,” he says, peering across the room to keep an eye on Lively, who’s feverishly texting Roy Orbison. (“He’s dead, I know,” she says when she later catches me looking at her buzzing phone. “It always freaks people out. They’re like, ‘Roy Orbison?’ I put people in my contact list under pseudonyms.”)

Slow to build relationships: “I’m slow to build friendships, but they always end up being long and lasting… The way that I meet people is the same way that I’ve always met people. It might be weird if I was on JDate, but I’m not, so that’s good. I meet so many people in passing at parties, but I’ve never been a person who’s like, I know I just met you, but let’s exchange numbers and be best friends.”

On Gossip Girl: “My impression of Gossip Girl is that she’s pretty much a slave to it in that they have her for another year,” Oliver Stone says. Rather than giving the impression that she’s trapped by a contract, Lively focuses on the incredible opportunities the series has granted her. “It’ll be bittersweet when it’s over because it gave me all of this,” she says, scanning the second floor of the mansion where we’re huddled next to each other on a windowsill. “I think the best way to describe it is like someone who really enjoyed high school, and is like, I’m a senior and I can’t wait for the next thing! Gossip Girl was so great, but what’s the next challenge in life? Because, you know, six years is a long time. And as an actor who plays a caricature of myself on the show, I don’t think I’d say, Watch Gossip Girl for my best quality of work. But I am very lucky to have had that experience.”

She‘s not out for anyone‘s approval: “I’m not in the business of trying to win the approval of my cast members, my director, or my audience,” she says. “If I were, I’d be so beaten down by insecurity that I’d never be able to perform. The only person I’m trying to prove something to is myself.”

[From Bullett]

So many interesting little tidbits. What fragrance is she now representing? I wonder if it’s a Chanel brand… probably not? She’s the face of Chanel purses, and I don’t see Chanel giving poor downmarket Blake, say, Chanel Mademoiselle. So… who is Roy Orbison? Sounds like a wonderful pseudonym for Ryan Reynolds, right? What else would she call him? Chuck Berry? And as for her comments about Gossip Girl… I think she was as diplomatic as she could manage. She obviously wants to move on, but she has a contractual obligation that she’s honoring. It sounds like she’s acknowledging the bittersweet nature of it all – she has a consistent job, Gossip Girl made her famous and led to other projects, but she’s ready to move on. I’m not going to slam her for what she said.

Photos courtesy of Bullett.

 

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  1. Eve says:

    This is Blake launching herself as Blake Lively: Serious Actress.

    Cut to me laughing hysterically.

    P.S.: Two things: she looks good in these pictures and I hate that silver thing (peplum?) on her dress.

  2. Samigirl says:

    I’ve always thought she was gorgeous, but no, gossip girl doesn’t exactly show off her skills as an actress. However, I reallllly can’t wait to see Savages. I hope it’s as good as I am psyching myself up for it to be!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Savages sounds really interesting right? I definitely look forward to seeing how Lively does. I’ve always secretly rooted for her (love an underdog) so I hope she doesn’t suck!
      And I also think she is really pretty, if unconventionally so.

  3. Katyusha says:

    I know the photos are probably heavily photoshopped, but I do think she’s really pretty and looks great in these pictures.

  4. Alexis says:

    I think she’s a couple years older than her stated age. She looks 30. This is not meant to be an insult. She doesn’t look like a rough 24, she looks like an attractive 30 year old who takes care of herself and looks her age.

  5. beyonce's bump says:

    ya Gossip Girl is def more candy pop as it should be, people are expecting light hearted comedy and a “break”, not some deep drama that makes u ponder existence. So I can see why a lot of actors wont exactly give all these weekly tv shows/soaps their best performance. Blake is so plain looking to me though.

  6. Marjalane says:

    Mall girl? Prom Queen? Carhop at Sonic? Yes. Serious actress? No.

  7. Sarko says:

    •She reminds me of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy in these pics.

    •ALL the cast members have made similar comments in different variations in the past few months not just Blake (I’m rooting for all of them to do well. Though I suspect Chace Crawford will be a bust; and what happened to Jessica Sczor?? she was striking)

    •With Uma pregnant, Salma /Linda E baby daddy drama and John Travolta’s unfortunate situation ,will the bigger stars do any promo for this?

    •As a fellow Brit I really really hope Aaron Johnson does well form this

  8. tinks says:

    That face should be covered at all times! People should stop paying attention to her. She can`t act and she looks 40. Thank God she is out of the spotlight recently. That`s where she belongs.

  9. Ryan says:

    Looks a lot like Chloë Sevigny in the second photograph.

  10. marie says:

    She’s pretty, but I’m not sold on her acting skills yet.

  11. cat1 says:

    One thing reading celebitchy I definitely give more thought to photos of celebs ! (not sure if that’s good or ‘bad.’) She’s definitely pretty but in sort of milque-toast way. At least as photographed here and on Gossip Girl, maybe it’s partly the hair style, she looks like a california girl. There’s not a uniqueness to her look. I appreciate her answers tho’. She seems relatively thoughtful and honest.

  12. bella says:

    budget + rough.
    can’t believe i’m saying this about this girl, but she irks me.

    • Raised Brow says:

      I thought she was marvelous in The Town. She pulled off the Dorchester look & accent perfectly, imo.

      • mercy says:

        Film critics, who had probably never seen an episode of Gossip Girl, agreed with you two. Dorchester druggie is not an attractive character nor one I would peg her for, but she managed to give a credible performance that passed muster with people who write reviews for a living.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        The Dot accent wasn’t perfect but it was DAMN good compared to many of the Boston accents that more seasoned actresses have attempted (*side eye to Julianne Moore*).
        I thought she was solid in a supporting role. Not mind-blowing but solid. And again, it was a supporting role so she didn’t have much of a chance to flex her chops. People are way too hard on this girl IMO.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I’ve never watched GG, so I first saw her in The Town. She was good at playing a drug-addicted, strung-out, alcoholic whore with a streak for vengeance.

  13. Samantha says:

    She comes across as much more intelligent and thoughtful than I expected. I like that she didn’t throw GG completely under the bus, the way some actors (Jessica Biel) have peed on their television roots.

  14. bns says:

    “I don’t think I’d say ‘Watch Gossip Girl for my best quality of work’”

    …or The Town, or Sisterhood, or anything else she’s been in.

    Gorgeous girl, shitty actress. I’m actually surprised she hasn’t left GG yet.

  15. Jack says:

    Gorgeous girl ,she did very good in her all movies

  16. Edith says:

    What about the fact that she says she found it difficult to transform because her character was blond and from California just like her….

    YOU ARE AN ACTRESS.. ACT.

    I would slam her for that…

  17. lunabell says:

    Her comments about GG were nice – she was diplomatic and didn’t sound whiny. However, I do not get when actors point to a specific body of work and say it is not their best quality, without taking responsibility. It’s as if they’re saying that the project wasn’t deserving of their REAL skills.

    Look at Rachel McAdams in The Hot Chick and Mean Girls. Her characters there could have easily been played over the top – in a way that far less talented actors could get away with by simply being caricatures – but even in those roles, she brought quality to the characters. It’s your own fault if you were phoning it in :/

    • Rilla says:

      This. It would be different if Blake Lively (or any actor) said this about one of their other roles in a PROMINENT project by saying, “I tried my best but fell short.”

      Why point to her TV show (bad or good) and just ssay it’s bad when she can elevate her role in some way? Or find some way to challenge herself everyday? It’s why Leighton Meester outshines her.

      So, her work is better only when she is working with a top notch director or some on some loftier project?

      Comments like these don’t earn my respect from actors that talk like this.

      I appreciate your example of Rachel McAdams too. Goodness knows that “The Hot Chick” is a TERRIBLE movie but I respect Rachel McAdams and will watch her in anything so when it’s on I’ll actually stop just to catch any of her scenes.

      Same with Mean Girls…I never got the attention placed on Lindsay Lohan when Rachel stood out as the true professional and didn’t phone it in and addedd layers to her character. As a matter of fact all the girls that played the plastics where great.

      Blake is annoying…she could learn a thing or two from Rachel and Leighton and actors like that. End of rant.

  18. INeedANap says:

    Her face looks the same in all the photos. An interesting model, she is not.

  19. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I like her. I hope she kills it in Savages.

  20. sassenach says:

    I know people don’t like Blake but I like she is thoughtful and can string a sentence together unlike so many starlets. She doesn’t seem full of herself and boring like Scarjo.

  21. Karol says:

    And ………. Next one, please. I am tired of this girl, I just can’t with her.

  22. mercy says:

    Her best quality of work has been in indies. Most recently Hick, which she receieved good notices for in spite of the movie being roundly panned.

    Kaiser, she is the face of Chanel Mademoiselle handbags. I have no idea what the fragrance commercial could be, but a couple of Chanel fragrances don’t have an official ‘face’ and I can see Lagerfeld recruiting Nicolas Winding Refn.

  23. Maya says:

    I don’t know what it is about this girl, but I just find her so unbearably annoying.

  24. normades says:

    Leighton is also on GG and she gets raves all the time for her performance. You CAN transcend the material. Stop making excuses Blake.

    However, putting people in her contact list under pseudonyms, that is smart. Wonder what Leo’s was :-)

  25. QQ says:

    No Blake; For your best work we refer to your Rolodex, surgeon’s office and certain items still floating around the internets, Thanks Tho!

  26. layla says:

    Will its still doubtful if this girl could act her way out of a paper bag… I will admit that I thought she came off very well in this interview.

    She better not be the female Charming Potato! No…!!!!!!!!

  27. Happy21 says:

    I couldn’t stand her when I saw The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and have never watched an episode of Gossip Girl. I wanted to see The Town so bad but almost didn’t because she was in it.

    I watched and I was amazed that she pulled off that role so well. I have since slowly become a fan. She’s not the most beautiful woman in Hollywood but there is no denying she can wear all of the clothes we all wish we could. She has the body to pull off pretty much anything…

  28. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Good for her that she isn´t looking for approval from her audience.
    Why do you want to be an actress if you don´t want people to like your performance? It´s not like we´re paying for seeing you.
    She´s such a pretentious, self-absorbed bitch.
    Another thing, what is so wrong about a three-way relationship, if everyone is ok with it why not? different folks, different strokes, not everyone wants to live in a boring monogamous relationship with derbil face.

  29. truetalk says:

    Lovely body,average to ok face, average acting talent made worse by mumbling through all her lines.
    I’ve seen her in gossip girl and Green lantern and i’m so very pissed off by the mumbling.

  30. Llama says:

    There’s very few actresses that annoy the hell out of me, and Blake Lively is it. There is not a single thing about her that is honest or sincere and I genuinely would schadenfreude the hell out of seeing her down on her luck.

    To this end let me remind you all about her latest projects: Green Lantern = 27%, Hick = 0% Rotten. I am torn between wishing her ill and wishing well for Johnson. Help, universe?

    • Lea says:

      Who cares about her film’s reviews? She’s just starting out and hasn’t done many movies. Many famed and extraordinary actors/actresses have done “20%” bad movies. I don’t understand people using that to bring her down especially when she’s coming from the CW. She’s not going to go off doing Fincher movies right away…

  31. UniqJaz says:

    She looks good but what does that mean when one has had a nose job. It’s not like it’s her natural face. She gives the same expression in all the pics.

    • Alex says:

      shaming young girls for plastic surgery is so passe. I’m convinced anyone who thinks plastic surgery is shameful is just mad because they want it but don’t have the money.

      • UniqJaz says:

        EXCUSE ME but I do not want plastic surgery ! And assuming someone doesnt have the money for it is just DUMB assumptions. I’m not shaming her. I’m just saying it doesn’t mean anything to call her pretty when it is fake. She did have a nose job and implants. Look at her before pics.

      • Alex says:

        of course she had a nose job! no one is denying that. claiming she is fake or not real or not pretty just because she fixed her nose is SHAMING her. that’s so idiotic. she thinned her nose a bit, she didn’t have a face transplant. get over yourself and stop acting like there isn’t something about yourself you’d change if you could.

    • Happy21 says:

      She did have a nose job and she had relatively small breast implants. The nose job is minor though because, in my opinion, her nose is still the most prominent part of her face. And the boobs, they are there but they aren’t porn star gigantic. Hope she leaves it at that because she looks good how she is now.

    • UniqJaz says:

      @ Alex But that is my opinion! I shall say what I what I feel !

  32. LittleDeadGirl says:

    She’s been in something other than gossip girl? I only remember her from that, being Leo’s arm candy, and being photographed at parties. Isn’t that all she does?

  33. lisa says:

    OMGosh this girl does not look 40. I don’t the perception of age some people who post here have. I guess some people here must live in a vacuum. Blake looks 20 something which is her age. She is a pretty girl, not beautiful but very attractive. I have never seen that show she is on. But she is doing something that most women in TV trying to transition to movies have difficulty doing. She is working with really great actors and Directors. I could name other older then her who can’t say the same. She is getting offered some really big roles. So she is doing something right.

    I’m not a fan or hater. I’m neutral on her. We’ll see how far she goes.

  34. Josie says:

    Same facial expression on every picture.

  35. sarahtonin says:

    IKR? Her best work was when she was a starfish on the floor of some producer’s office.

  36. wizza says:

    She looks gorgeous
    Great to see the lies b***hed about her regularly only makes her stronger

  37. caitie says:

    She doesn’t look older than 24/25..I hate how people are always suspecting actresses of lying about their age!Yet celebs are blasted for having plastic surgery/fillers. Poor bloody women. Everyone ages differently. She looks like a young woman. End of story. I will be interested to see how she is in Savages.