BLAKE’S ALL PRAISE FOR WOODY

The ac­tor says work­ing with famed film­maker Woody Allen was an em­pow­er­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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Ac­tor Blake Lively (right) has ap­plauded di­rec­tor Woody Allen (above) for his en­cour­ag­ing at­ti­tude to­wards his ac­tors.

Lively, who worked with Allen in his lat­est film, Cafe So­ci­ety, said she finds the film­maker to be “em­pow­er­ing”, in an in­ter­view with Hamp­tons mag­a­zine.

Lively has said that she en­joyed col­lab­o­rat­ing with the 80-year-old di­rec­tor on the sets of the movie, which is set against the back­drop of 1930s Hol­ly­wood. “It’s re­ally cool to work with a di­rec­tor who’s done so much, be­cause he knows ex­actly what he wants,” she told the mag­a­zine.

Lively, 28, praised Allen’s abil­ity to build con­fi­dence in his ac­tors and cre­ate a re­laxed at­mos­phere for them to im­pro­vise scenes. “He is also 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.’,” she said.

“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 (im­pro­vis­ing) they clearly wouldn’t and don’t. But he’s very em­pow­er­ing,” she added.

It’s re­ally cool to work with a di­rec­tor who’s done so much, be­cause he knows ex­actly what he wants BLAKE LIVELY, AC­TOR

PHOTO: PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN/GETTY IMAGES

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