Blake Lively: Woody Allen ‘knows exactly what he wants, he’s very empowering’


Everything’s coming up roses for Blake Lively these days. Does that surprise you? I guess I’m not really surprised: Blake is one of the all-time best hustlers. What she lacks in enunciation and acting skills, she makes up for in hustle. The Shallows is doing surprisingly well at the box office, and Vox even ran a hilariously bitchy “explainer” for why Blake continues to find success – go here to read. Anyway, she covers the new issue of Hamptons Magazine, and she talks about The Shallows and Café Society, the Woody Allen film which comes out in a few weeks. From what I heard, Blake’s role isn’t even that big? Kristen Stewart has the more significant role, but from the way Blake is hustling, you’d think Café Society was her Blue Jasmine. Some highlights:

Working with Woody Allen: “It’s really cool to work with a director who’s done so much, because he knows exactly what he wants. The fact that he does one shot for an entire scene—[and] this could be a scene with eight people and one to two takes—it gives you a level of confidence because when he’s got it, he knows he’s got it. He also is really encouraging as to why he cast you, so he’ll say, “Say the dialogue that’s written and then you can improvise for a while.” And his dialogue is so specific, and it’s speaking in a 1930s dialect and [with period] references, so it’s intimidating to think, Oh, let me just improvise there and hope that my words blend seamlessly alongside Woody Allen’s. Which they clearly wouldn’t and don’t. But he’s very empowering.”

Working with a CGI shark: “Ninety-nine percent of this movie was me acting to a piece of pink tape or a man with a shark fin swimming around me in circles just so the camera could track where the shark would be CGI’d later. That was incredibly challenging because I really appreciate having a costar to play off of and I feel like they always make me better. This movie, I only had my imagination to play off of.”

Her red carpet style: “It’s mood-based, it’s environment-based, knowing what the event is. Something like Cannes, for example, is incredibly Old Hollywood, glamorous, iconic; there’s the wind of the Côte d’Azur—you want things that will blow in the wind, that will look beautiful in the sun, that drip down a sweeping staircase. It’s the same thing with the Met: You think of the staircase that your outfit could drip down. You sort of look at the event cinematically and you think, What character do I want to play? Red carpet is not real life, so you’re always sort of playing a character when you’re on it.

She loves to discover artisans: “My style is very much a reflection of my experiences and my moods, who I am and where I’ve traveled. Whenever I travel, I like to discover little shops and restaurants and artists and artisans, and I love that to be a part of my story. So my design aesthetic, whether it’s in my home or on my body, is very much an unfolding of my experiences and my stories. And that can be incredibly casual—it can be jeans and a T-shirt—but it’s my dad’s T-shirt maybe. It’s stuff that normally means something to me. And it’s also very personal and relaxed. I also like to dress up, though; I also think that’s relaxing— to put on a great pair of Louboutins.

[From Hamptons Magazine]

Sigh… where to even begin? Honestly, the “I discover artisans” thing bugged me more than the Woody Allen stuff. The Woody Allen stuff we’ve heard from Blake before, and I’m assuming her publicist told the magazine to NOT ask any specific questions about the accusations of abuse against Woody Allen, so Blake gets to spill more of her “Woody is so empowering” nonsense. If we’re trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, we could say that Blake feels like she has to say that stuff because she wants to further her career. But I think she actually believes it. She believes that she’s empowered by Woody. As for the artisans and her carefully curated life… she exhausts me. She can’t just wear a t-shirt, the t-shirt has to be made by artisans for her father and have a lengthy backstory. Enough!


Photos courtesy of Hamptons Magazine.

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  1. Maria says:

    we have reached peak empowering

    • Mia V. says:

      It’s amazing to be empowered by a child molestor, right? Anything that puts me out there.

      • Fee says:

        I wonder if she’d let him babysit her kid for a weekend? I try to distance the actor from their real characters but this is appalling, he is a known pedophile but when our talentless in Hollywood you’ll suck up to anyone n everything. Dumb girl

      • Megan says:

        Is she so self unaware that she fails to grasp how desperate and idiotic she sounds?

    • Taiss says:

      I’m tired of that word with hollyweird people.

    • Melody says:

      He is a perverted p@@#k and the only one to give you a job.

    • Twinky says:

      When everyone is running around talking about how “empowering” this or that experience is, it only tells me that we have a large sector of society that generally must feel pretty darn powerless.

  2. BengalCat2000 says:

    I don’t find her beautiful or interesting, nor do I think she’s a good actress. Her popularity confuses me. Good hustle indeed.

    • minx says:

      She’s not beautiful or interesting. She’s vapid and self-important, helped along with lots of procedures.

    • Taiss says:

      I think her body is amazing. That’s it!

      • Misti says:

        Agreed. Her legs are on point.
        Lively, Amanda Seyfried and Penelope Cruz have the greatest hair in Hollywood.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Long legs and boobs and blonde. Also connections.

    • QQ says: This article worth it for THIS: Lively wasn’t the sixth or seventh or even eighth best performer in a cast that also featured the likes of humanoid fawn Chace Crawford and Taylor Swift Babadook Taylor Momsen, both of whom outshone her”

      • teacakes says:

        I love that mainstream media outlets are starting to get as sick of her as we are.

        Though they have been for a while, the NYT threw major shade all over the profile they did on her when she booked that first Chanel gig (and she wasn’t even the first American to model for Chanel as she claimed, that would be Selma Blair) but that was a more ‘read between the lines’ thing as befits shade. This tho? is straight-up dragging.

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        Damn that first paragraph, not a single lie was spoken tho. I remember her Gossip Girl days and how she was supposed to be the ‘it’ character that everyone fawned over till Leighton Meester snatched that crown and never stopped rocking it.

        Pretty soon they just stopped featuring her during the show because her acting was so lame.

        “So smooth you could almost forget she’s there.”

        Nailed it.

      • Stella Alpina says:

        Thanks for the links, QQ!

        Their descriptions of Lively were incisive. It’s entertaining shade, but it’s also a damn shame neither of the articles mentioned anything about her problematic defense of Woody Allen and how it shows that her hustle has no boundaries. They wouldn’t touch that. Too many “reporters” are afraid to speak up about Allen, which makes them seem very complicit in protecting his image as a director.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      She had connections to get her started – her aunt or older sister is/was an actress – Robyn Lively. Ben Affleck was supposedly having an affair with her which people think got her the role in The Town and that boosted her career. Next she let Leo bang her for a bit and that boosted her career further. Then she hawked Ryan while he was still in the throws of divorce and that really boosted her career. I seriously think if it weren’t for her sleeping her way up and getting so much press when Ryan and ScarJo split, we probably wouldn’t know for sure who she is other than one of the girls from that tweeny Gossip Girl show.

  3. als says:

    What hustle does she have?
    She takes advantage of society’s outdated lines of thinking, the ones that consider you perfect if you are tall, blonde with long legs. And then she plays dumb and shoves her cookies in your face.
    Like a typical Playboy model. Worse, I think most Playboy models are smarter.
    And she is unapologetically ignorant.

    Her success reflects a very disturbing part of the world we live in, the part that is stuck a few centuries ago.
    With or without the so-called hustle, producers, studios and people all over the world will stay in line to make her a star because of what she represents to them.

    • Nancy says:


    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      I know you didn’t mean it that way but I still laughed when I got to the ‘she shoves her cookies in your face’ ain’t that the truth.

      Yep. Blake Lively is proof of you fall, blonde, and dumb enough with boobs pleasing to the men in charge you too can make it far in life!

      “How to Suceed In Show Business Without Having A Clue”

    • JenniferJustice says:

      That description could so easily fit Gwyneth Paltrow too. It’s like you wrote it just for her.

      • teacakes says:

        Goop at least has a few movies she’s been good in, I despise her but even at her worst she hasn’t been the onscreen beige that is Lively.

    • teacakes says:

      This sums it up perfectly.

      The fact that someone like her can keep on in Hollywood despite her total lack of talent, originality, or even basic graciousness about the project that made her a celebrity…… does not say good things about the industry. Lupita Nyong’o can win an Oscar on debut, rock that red carpet and still struggle to find roles that actually put her face onscreen two years later, while this specimen here keeps getting handed opportunity after opportunity despite her previous flops, PR gaffes and readiness to blame others for her failures (I think Vogue decided to stop giving her pity covers after she threw Anna under the bus saying that she ‘made’ her open her crappy lifestyle site before she was ready and that’s why it failed).

      And honestly, as for Lively’s looks, I have to say genetics did much better by me than her plastic surgeon and hair colorist did by her, even if I will never be white or blonde.

  4. Belle Epoch says:

    I can’t relate to a single thing she said.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Yes. The Louboutins thing was especially perplexing.

    • Kitten says:

      It made perfect sense to me.
      Putting on a pair of impossibly tall Louboutins and my long, luxurious gown that drips down a decadent staircase is how I relax after a long day of discovering artisans.

      Just kidding.

      I put on a muumuu and eat buffalo chicken wings without a napkin.

    • imqrious2 says:

      JenniferJustice: crocks with socks!

  5. MrsBPitt says:

    She is so Goop! She may be Goopier than Goop! Seriously, if you read this article to me and made me guess which celeb it was….I would say Goop…she and Blake are twins!!!!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I think I’ll save the paragraph about how she likes discovering unfolding artisans and Loubitans as part of her Dad’s tshirt for those moments when I’m really nauseated but can’t quite throw up and I need something to push me over the edge.

      • MrsBPitt says:

        Yes, I only wear my Dad’s T shirts when discovering unfolding artisans, too! Doesn’t everyone??

      • Cindy says:

        Not to get anyone’s hopes up, including my own, but I don’t think I have heard Goop say any thing ass-kissy about Mr Pedo, and if I’m not mistaken, she hasn’t worked with him either. Maybe she has a shred of humanity/sense. I do wonder about that sometimes….the actors who are offered roles for a Woody film and turn it down because of the molestation of his daughters ( adopted or not). We will just never know who they are, or how many. Julia Roberts for some reason always comes to mind when I think about this. She’s been around and so successful for so long. I don’t like her, but I cannot for one second imagine her working with him.

    • sun says:

      even Goop is more self aware. and that’s saying something

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      God she makes Goop sound subtle…

      Thanks a lot Blake, you have the NERVE to make me suddenly appreciate and miss Goop. I may never forgive you for that crime.

    • teacakes says:

      at least Goop has actually been good – and I mean GOOD – in a few movies.

      This dim lump of beige though? I don’t even know why she’s still talking, and I’m kind of amazed she can walk and talk at the same time – she’s THAT STUPID.

  6. Matador says:

    Oh, Blake. You need to have several seats.

  7. Nancy says:

    She seems to enjoy poking the bear. How she has been the “it” girl of summer 16 is beyond me. Predator v. privileged child equals smh’s for her and I’m quite sure much validation for Allen in having this unaware girl of the moment yell from the mountaintops he is her everything.

    • Aren says:

      This. She’s really just trolling at this point so she can get all sorts of attention.
      To talk so much and so positively about a child abuser as a way to try to get headlines is inexcusable.

      • marshmellow says:

        But she would get more attention if she called him a child rapist. Of course, this might make it difficult for her to find jobs…

        How does Woody Allen still have so much power that he could ruin an actress’s career if she spoke out about him? Are his movies really even that good or popular anymore? I don’t watch his movies, but I’ve noticed that most of his more recent films have gotten mixed reviews at best.

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    To all of you who tried to tell me so: You told me so. She is inexcusable. I was trying to give her a break but you were right. She’s not just dumb and harmless. I’m sorry. She is unapologetically, irreparably, eternally moronic and clueless.

    • Div says:

      Interesting, because I found her previous comments on Woody Allen to be way worse. In this case, she seems to be solely talking about him as a director (and not as a person). She is incredibly clueless though to not see that this would be taken as a commentary on him as a person….and especially to keep talking about him after all the heat she took from before. All she had to do to avoid controversy was say something like “I enjoyed his style of film-making”…instead of gushing over his empowering directing style (ugh).

      The other stuffy comments are incredibly reminiscent of an out of touch, younger Gwyneth Paltrow. I actually think she did a good job in The Shallows and The Age of Adaline….so I try and block out her grating persona.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I just can’t seperate the person from the “artist” with him. I think they are the same. Selfish to the core and utterly repulsive.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Damn GNAT, her problems aren’t on you.

      I know we had a chat last time about her but I was only speaking from my own experience of seeing someone given multiple chances to leave their frilly pink existence who is happy instead to stay there even if atrocious crimes are committed around her.

      You are an example that those individuals who want to do better WILL, you gave her a chance, she is just…she’s the type to turn her head, plug her ears and hum if you confront her with anyone’s concerns beside her own.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, you called it. I thought maybe some time would improve her insight, but she just keeeeps on digging that hole. I’m not sure she will ever change. Time will tell. But you are sweet not to gloat. 😉

    • teacakes says:

      GNAT, you’re just essentially more forgiving than we are – the fact that she’s vapid, clueless, entitled and totally lacking in talent or charisma is not on you.

  9. Jayna says:

    Well, she said he was empowering as a director in the way he directed and allowed for improvisation also, trusting the actors.

    I can’t fault her comments in relation to just his directing, which was all she was commenting on, her experience with him as a director. He has always been appreciated by actors for the way he directs and the way his set is run.

    • Jen43 says:

      I agree. I mean she has a job to do. She isn’t saying anything controversial here. I used to be a huge fan of Allen. Mighty Aphrodite is one of my favorite films of all time. As a movie goer I can choose to not support Allen films. I’m not sure that most actors have the luxury of turning down roles.

      • Ican't says:

        They do, you kiss Woody a$$ when you want an Oscar. Thats what she been doing she wants him so put her in another film so she singing his praise.

        There are some actors who ave even called him out. She also song his praise outside of directing before.

    • Misti says:

      That’s how I read it too.

      I do wish she’d shut the heck up about him, but the Woody comments she makes here are solely work related.
      The earlier comments about him were more offensive IMO.
      But then stuff like that Vox article, makes me happy for Lively success & reminds me why I root for her more.

      But where is her baby bump?

  10. Artemis says:

    People who are not smart should retire the word ’empowerment’ from their vocabulary. You cannot be sitting there waffling about empowerment like you’re spitting out some truthful prose when Allen is the product of a society that disempowers abuse victims. When he’s the product, prototype and enforcer of the patriarchy, white male privilege.
    And you Lively, are the type of woman that this society thrives on: stupid and worshiping these men.

    So yeah, pretend that in your tiny little bubble of yours, you are ’empowered’ by these disgusting men. They will snatch your ‘power’ away as soon as you dare to step out of the norm society has created for women like you. So as long as you enforce it, you’re fiine. If you stop being the dainty antebellum-obsessed Cool Chick, you’re done sweetie (see also: Megan Fox who is besties again with her enforcer and had her ‘career’ reinstated). Although I’m not holding my breath on that ever happening so I know she will have a long ‘career’ ahead of her.

    • Ican't says:

      This +100000

    • jmacky says:

      well said!!!

    • Neverwintersand says:

      Abolutely true!

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:


      I realized today how some actresses really work to have an acting career that is about challenging themselves and showing off their talent and skill.

      Blake is a ‘crumbs’ kinda girl. She’ll kiss whoever’s ass it takes to keep her special snowflake view of the world intact.

      Also empowering is the new it word isn’t it? I’m trying to remember what it was last time where every celebrity was repeating it verbatim and it became mocking.

  11. Crumpet says:

    Oh, f*ck you Blake. Moron. Sorry, I am usually not that harsh, but I just can.not. with the nice nice about that child molester.

  12. Beth says:

    I find her attractive but never really likable.
    And I don’t even mention her ability to act or the lack of.

  13. Alex says:

    Can she stop talking now or…?

    • HK9 says:

      I know. I thought it was agreed that she would stop talking and yet, she keeps moving her lips in public over and over again. She needs to know it’s just as “empowering” to choose silence over the nonsense that comes out when she talks. No one would be upset about that. No one.

      • Alex says:

        I also wouldn’t mind her not being in movies but baby steps I guess.

      • teacakes says:

        I don’t think she knows what the words coming out of her mouth mean.

        and she’s pushing 30, which is far too old to be so clueless. Though I don’t have high hopes of Ms. Plantation Wedding.

  14. sun says:

    the word empowering has lost all meaning

  15. Frexit says:

    She’s my Free pass. Easily the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. Wow. What guy wouldn’t kill to have a girl like that? (My girlfriend’s free pass Daniel Day-Lewis. Don’t blame her).

    Not a fan of the Woody Allen worship but it’s funny how Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence (and he hasn’t even tried to work with her yet), and Cate Blanchett have all done it and seem to get away with it but it becomes a problem when Blake does it.

    • Tiffany says:

      No they have not Ryan.

    • Naya says:

      They dont get a pass and If those actresses get less smack its because they arent tripping over themselves to praise him even as they promote an entirely different movie. I wonder why nobody asks her if she finally read the Ronan Farrow article? Not that I would expect her answer to change, the woman is a confirmed idiot afterall.

    • Flowerchild says:


      For you to say that it shows that you don’t read those post because they all have gotten crap for their Woody support and still do. Can we please stop with the poor little special snowflake treatment

    • CornyBlue says:

      Except Kristen Stewart definitely does not. Also Cate Blanchett gets a lot of pushback for her Woody Allen comments. But think with your small head.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Everyone else covered it, those women get ripped to shreds because surprisingly it’s the fact we’re discussing a child molester Hollywood keeps propping up to hero status that makes us all mad.

      So what’s your username mean?

    • teacakes says:

      Yes, we can see she’s your Free Pass for everything, judging by your comment.

      Stewart, Blanchett and the others have ALL been torn a new one for working with Allen post-Dylan accusations/defending him. Malibu Barbie here doesn’t get a pass, especially not after doing it repeatedly.

      The fact that she’s got (overhyped) hair for brains and fails to understand the meaning of her words or actions is not to her credit, and neither does it make her attractive.

    • Misti says:

      @Frexit –
      Cool name
      Dang it!! She’s my boyfriends free pass too.
      I’m chuffed her movie did well and I can’t wait for All I See is You.
      Everyone has hits / flops/ mis-steps in HW- it’s not exclusive to Lively.

      I’ll keep rooting for her. Go Blake! Keepempressedforlife.

  16. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    The good thing is when you’re so ‘done’ with a person there’s almost nothing they can do to annoy you further.

    At this point I just consider her a shell of a person.

    I’m not sure she has an original thought in her head that isn’t about how to glorify herself all the time, artisans are carefully crafting her whole life and by that I mean she looks at a price tag sees that it’s expensive and then writes a paragraph about how special that makes it.

    She’s never going to change and will always play dumb, or maybe she is dumb, either way more so for the sake of her children then herself I hope she doesn’t continue to put trust in child molesters with movie scripts.

    • Hmm says:

      I know, right? The entire time I was reading her interview, my face was like, “Whaaaaat??”

      Vapid. Totally vapid.

      It makes me so sad. The Shallows has made $20M+ now, and Neon Demon hasn’t even broke a million. And they came out the same day. WTF?!!

      Our culture is going through such a weird time right now.

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        Was Neon Demon really good? I want to see it but haven’t found the time yet but it looked really good.

        Also, don’t get too discouraged. It’s a shark movie with a booby blonde. It’s the movie equivalent of selling hot dogs during the summer.

      • Hmm says:

        Aww thanks, Eternal. Haven’t seen Neon Demon. Really want to. The trailer looks so gooood!!

        I’m just pissed because so many of the good movies my generation is making has been unnoticed or not making any money. Meanwhile… I mean, The Shallows would’ve been laughed out of the theaters a decade ago. But now… Ergh.

    • Six of Nine says:

      Blake Lively + Ryan Reynolds

      Why, Ryan, why?

  17. CareBear says:

    Blake is reaching the pinnacle of “Basic Privileged White Girl”-ness. At this rate she’ll be even more out of touch with reality than Goop. Good job supporting a child molester btw, Blake.

  18. haley1020 says:

    why is hollyweird still trying to make her happen and why did the shallows make a lot of money like why america why

    • Tiffany says:

      It was a low budget B movie. There is one every summer as an alternative. Any starlet could have been casted and it would make a profit. This won’t change anything for Blake.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      “Why America Why” needs to be printed on t-shirts and distributed this summer. It’s a weird year.

    • Six of Nine says:

      Just imagine Naomi Watts had gotten Lively’s part. How much better would that movie have been … there you see how bad Lively actually is. My theory is that a talented director and a talented camera man and a talented cutter can make even a mediocre actress like Lively look quite interesting. And that is all it had to look like in this movie: interesting.

  19. 0neNonBlonde says:

    Is she related to Gwyneth because she has become just as insufferable.

  20. sauvage says:

    Seriously, Blake: STOP TALKING!

  21. siri says:

    How I wish she would stop talking altogether! Empty vessel, this one; makes Paltrow look interesting.

  22. Rebeca says:

    Yes, he does know what he wants-little children who aren’t empowered. Wanting attention or awards is not an excuse for working with him.

  23. Joni says:

    STFU, Blake. Her interviews are unbearable.

  24. Kimbers says:

    Maybe she promised woody a babysitting gig in exchange for her movie role? Who knows? I do know that Allen casts ppl in his movies as favors to give validation to some actors in the industry who arent taken as seriously as they’d wish. Soon after more their careers get a boost.

    • Six of Nine says:

      Allen gives validation to actors and actresses who want to be taken more seriously. Yep, I believe that. Question is what does he get in return? Are there some producers in Hollywood who in turn help him to make his movies?

  25. teacakes says:

    Also, this: “but from the way Blake is hustling, you’d think Café Society was her Blue Jasmine.

    This is exactly what she did with her five-minute role in The Town, when she was trying to land big movie projects and the attention that goes with them. Rebecca Hall was the actual female lead but you wouldn’t have known it going by the press that summer.

  26. iheartgossip says:

    Gee Blake, if he’s so empowering let him babysit your baby daughter. He’s a child molester, that is not empowering.

  27. Shaz says:

    Pretty. Stupid. Pretty stupid.

  28. Jezz says:

    at least Gwyneth Paltrow makes me feel something. She irritates me, she rubs me the wrong way. At least if I were trapped in a room with her, I’d notice. Blake… not so much. I’d probably sit on her, not realizing that she isn’t some spindly, weird-shaped furniture.

  29. Dani says:

    I haven’t been able to look at her the same since she defended him and then worked for him. Look how many stars haven’t worked with w**** and have done really well.

    Also it wouldn’t be a Blake interview without a mention of Louboutins, lol.