Blake Lively has definitely played quite a few different roles in her time and she’s now bagged a part alongside Jude Law in spy thriller “The Rhythm Section”, which is expected to start filming this fall.
When asked about the flick, Lively, who plays Stephanie Patrick, explained on this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s “In The Limelight”: “I play a heroin-addicted prostitute. Going back to the likable thing…you always see that thing in movies where if a woman is a prostitute or a sex worker, you always think, I don’t want the guys to be grossed out by her.”
“We have to still make her kind of sexy…tragically sexy, but you know, music video. If you drive down skid row that’s not what 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.”
Lively concedes that viewers see “asshole” men and women roles differently.
She explained: “My husband plays assholes [but], you go, ‘He’s so charming.’ Because he is likable . . . or you look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo and he’s like, ‘Get over here, sweetheart,’ and you just sort of [think], ‘Whoo, it’s so exciting and romantic and titillating.’
“It’s because he’s charming and he’s loving and he’s not some sexist asshole…but, you don’t see that and think, Oh, that guy’s not likable. But you would read on a page and you just know, Oh, it’s a man, he’ll be charming. But if you read that on a page as a woman they would never let you say that line because the note would always be, Oh, you just have to make sure she’s likable.”
Lively’s latest comments come as she joins a long list of celebrities who have opened up about sexual harassment amid the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The actress, who is married to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, opened up about her own experiences to the Los Angeles Times.
After finding herself on the receiving end of sexual harassment from a makeup artist who was working with her on a project, the star said, “He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger.”
“I was sleeping one night on location and I woke up and he was filming me. I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do,” she continued.