BLAKE’S ALL PRAISE FOR WOODY
The actor says working with famed filmmaker Woody Allen was an empowering experience
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.
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