Just the sight of Woody Allen’s beady little creeper eyes and general aura of grossness would probably be enough to make some people think “Yeah, I don’t know if I want to spend several months on a film set with that guy.” But some actors are able to ignore all that and line up to work with him like he’s the best sample station at Costco. And some take it one step further by gushing about how brilliant and amazing a person he is. Blake Lively is in the second group.
Blake’s public love of Woody started at Cannes while promoting their film Cafe Society. Blake defended her boo’s honor after a journalist reminded everyone of Woody Allen’s history of alleged perv by making a Roman Polanski joke during an interview. Now she’s swooning over Woody in Hamptons magazine. Blake poured herself a tall glass of grandma’s sweet tea and retired to her favorite antique wicker rocker on the front porch to reminisce about working with her dear ol’ friend Woody.
“It’s really cool to work with a director who’s done so much, because he knows exactly what he wants…He also is 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.’ And his dialogue is so specific, so it’s intimidating to think, Oh, let me just improvise there and hope that my words blend seamlessly alongside Woody Allen’s. Which they clearly wouldn’t and don’t. But he’s very empowering.”
I don’t mean to pull an Inigo Montoya, but I’m not sure Blake Lively knows what the word “empowering” means. So, Woody is empowering because he let her improvise? Maybe Blake thinks that’s empowering because all the directors she’s worked with before wouldn’t let her go off-script. Not because they were afraid she’d say something offensive, but rather because it would be too risky to let her say words that hadn’t been de-mumbled by her vocal coach first. “Sorry Blake, can we try that again? All I got was something about a motorcycle sandwich.”