THE RHYTHM SECTION
BLAKE LIVELY’S KILLING IT!
It’s Blake Lively as you’ve never seen her before. The star undergoes a series of major makeovers in her sexy new spy thriller The Rhythm Section – an adaptation of Mark Burnell’s 1999 novel of the same name. The 31-year-old actress – who admits she wigged out making the movie – stars as Stephanie Patrick, a woman who goes undercover and assumes three different identities to seek revenge against those who planned a plane crash that killed her family.
“She came to me to direct her in something,” says director Reed Morano ( The Handmaid’s Tale). “She found out I wanted to do [ The Rhythm Section], and then planted that seed: Maybe we do it together? And I thought, that’s a good idea. You just get a feeling.” Reed also reveals that the well-publicised hand injury Blake sustained during filming – and the movie’s subsequent production hiatus in January last year – turned out to be a “blessing in disguise”.
“It was a really busy shoot for Blake, so it was nice because it gave her some downtime. We had some really exciting stunt pieces planned, and we were just able to do those and execute them perfectly because we had that extra time,” she says.
Here Blake – who co-stars with Jude Law in the fast-paced flick – spills on her “hardest” role to date...
Ste Stephanie (left) isn’t glam all the time lik like Serena van der Woodsen. How did y yo you feel about the makeunder you had too have for part of the movie? [She is] a h he heroin-addicted prostitute. You always see t th that thing in movies where if a woman is a prostitute or a sex worker you always t think, “I don’t want the guys to be grossed o out by her.” We have to still make her kind o of sexy – tragically sexy – but, you know, i if you drive down skid row, that’s not what y you see. That’s not the truth. So it’s really important to us to show a woman who society has written off, and society has forgotten about.
Did you hhave tto ddo much research to get into character? I did ride-alongs with cops on drug busts and I spent a lot of time walking through alleyways talking to some addicts – some of whom were just teenagers! It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
Did you get to glam up for any scenes? I play an assassin, and I was wearing a lot of military boots, and I start to get a little Single White Female with my characters. I start to take on their style and fashion a little bit, so I started wearing combat boots a lot.
You loved filming in Ireland, though? Oh my God. You have to go to Ireland just to go to Avoca [a small town in County Wicklow] – it’s just heaven. How it’s described in the Bible is inaccurate, heaven is what Avoca is... It’s just hand weavers and amazing pastries and it’s just heaven. If everybody goes and sees The Rhythm Section then we will have to make a few more, there are about five books so it will be our second home. Ireland will be my second home.
Do you find it hard being a working mum? My mum had a career and had five kids. Don’t compromise one for the other. You can do both fantastically, and some days you’ll do both horribly. As long as you’re happy and give your family all the love and attention they need, it all sort of falls into place. In cinemas Thursday February 21