Photoshoots: 2014: Latest Additions x015
Photoshoots: 2014: Latest Additions x015
Blake Lively has spent nearly a decade in an industry she initially had no interest in pursuing, but from the moment she appeared on TV screens in Gossip Girl, there’s been no denying her allure—just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, who was so under her spell, he engaged in several PDAs during their brief dalliance (we still want to know how she pulled that off). Today she’s married to Canada’s own Ryan Reynolds, has worked with Oscar winning directors such as Oliver Stone and Ben Affleck and this past summer launched Preserve, her own lifestyle website.
Amid the frenzy of the Cannes Film Festival and her duties as an official spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris back in May, Lively sat down with FASHION’s beauty director Lesa Hannah to discuss Hollywood, cakes and that time she visited babies in Sudbury with Reynolds.
On avoiding Hollywood at first:
“It was never that I didn’t want to be an actor because I thought it was a bad industry. It was just that my whole family did it and I wanted to do something different. I was the youngest of five kids and I wanted to create my own path and my own sort of legacy.”
On her announced visit to the pediatric unit of a Sudbury hospital last year:
“I have six nieces and nephews, so for me, children are really what gets my heart going. I’ve spent time at St. Jude’s in the States and so any chance I get to go to a children’s hospital, I do. I try to do that in a way that’s it’s on a more personal level, but that one became sort of a public thing that we didn’t intend, but it’s great to do that.”
On how her mom’s cakes made her see the power of baking:
“She just created a whole life, a personality out of this thing. It was very much art and a celebration, and it made every holiday so special. I would be so proud when she would bring them into my class, and all of the kids in school would just freak out. She would let other kids help decorate too. And I suffer from the opposite, I’m very precious about it, it has to be perfect.”
On Age of Adaline, her first movie post-Gossip Girl.
“I really wanted some time to myself and to focus on other things that I loved, so that when I did it again I would be really re-invigorated. And it took a movie that I really couldn’t say ‘no’ to, you know, because there’s plenty that I would have done, but it was really important to have that time. So when I read that one, I said, ‘I can’t not be in this movie, I have to do this movie.’”
To read our cover story, pick up the FASHION Magazine October 2014 issue starring Blake Lively, available on newsstands September 15, 2014.
TV Appearances: Commercials:  L’Oreal Paris [Superior Preference]
Blake is the cover-girl for the 20th Anniversary September issue of Marie Claire.
Of all the things one might have expected Blake Lively to do after playing New York City’s hottest rich teenager on Gossip Girl, “make philanthropy cool” wouldn’t exactly be high on the list. Marry the Green Lantern (aka Ryan Reynolds) in a top-secret ceremony outside Charleston, South Carolina, complete with a couture Marchesa ballgown and a glitter-dipped bouquet? Sure. Take time off to buy and decorate a country house in Bedford, New York? Absolutely. Make a movie about a chic woman who never grows old (The Age of Adaline, due out in 2015)? You bet. But running off to one of the seedier parts of Boston to make a documentary with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn about teen sex trafficking? Or signing up as the face of Gucci’s Première fragrance because she likes the house’s philanthropy as much as its fashion? Or launching a lifestyle website that’s as focused on charity as it is on e-commerce? Not so much. Lively herself, however, isn’t surprised at all. “I always knew I would do something like this,” she says.
She’s curled up in her suite at New York’s Bowery Hotel, dressed in black crepe Rag & Bone overalls and a white cutout top, her famous butterscotch hair tumbling about her shoulders and her diamond engagement ring blinding anyone who dares look directly at it. Melting on the coffee table sit 10 flavors of ice cream from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, which Lively—a passionate foodie—dips into from time to time, occasionally pointing out one I must try (“Whoa. Thai chili chocolate”). At 27, she is just as you remember from Gossip Girl—eyes the color of a moody sea, a smile straight out of a Crest commercial—but more composed and self-aware. In person, Lively has a steady, clear-headed focus that Serena van der Woodsen could only dream of. She does not drink and has never touched drugs. Her MacBook has a huge sticker of Disney’s Snow White on the cover, holding the big white Mac apple. Her go-to curse word is “gosh.”
She’s in town for a bash that Gucci is throwing to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Sound of Change Live concert, the first major fundraising event of the global initiative Chime for Change, founded by the trifecta of Beyoncé, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, which is perhaps best described as a kind of Ladies’ Hall of Justice. Basically, anyone who buys select Gucci perfumes can allocate $5 from the purchase price to the charity of his or her choice via the Chime for Change website (Chime has funded almost 300 projects that benefit women and girls in 81 countries) and then see how the donation is being put to work through the website’s impact reports.
“I was so excited, because I knew [Gucci] could help me realize some of the desires I had,” says Lively. With other charities, she explains, “you can send them your donation, but it’s hard to track the progress of what you’ve given, so it’s hard to stay emotionally invested.” Also, a lot of organizations have seemed mostly interested in getting a good photo op with Lively … which is kind of a bummer. “It brought a moment of attention to them,” she says. “But I don’t want my picture taken. I want to do something.”
Magazines: 2014: Marie Claire (September)
Photoshoots: 2014: Session 10
Behind the Scenes: 2014: Marie Claire (September)
My thanks to Lindsey for donating scans from Blake’s spread in the August issue of Vogue. Please if you repost these scans anywhere else I ask that you credit either Blake Lively Fan or Lindsey Thank you.