Blake Lively can’t stop praising Woody Allen.
The 28-year-old actress, who worked with Allen on his movie “Café Society,” called the director “very empowering” in a new interview with Hamptons magazine.
“It’s really cool to work with a director who’s done so much, because he knows exactly what he wants,” Lively said. “The fact that he does one shot for an entire scene — [and] this could be a scene with eight people and one to two takes — it gives you a level of confidence because when he’s got it, he knows he’s got it.
The actress added, “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, 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 they clearly wouldn’t and don’t. But he’s very empowering.”
Lively previously courted controversy for praising Allen, who has been publicly accused of sexual assault by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
“It’s amazing what Woody has written for women,” Lively said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, before shutting down talk of his personal life. “It’s very dangerous to factor in things you don’t know anything about. I could [only] know my experience. And my experience with Woody is he’s empowering to women.”
To read the rest of Lively’s article with Hamptons magazine, head here.