If you’ve been following Blake Lively right now, you’ll know that the former Gossip Girl star is in the thick of promotions for her upcoming movie, The Age of Adaline. Set in the turn of the 20th century, Blake plays a woman who has remained 29 years old for nearly eight decades following an accident. The film, which is set to premiere in London tonight, follows her quest to keep her condition a secret.
It’s the first big film she’s starred in since leaving Gossip Girl and it almost didn’t happen. Desperate for a break after five seasons filming the show, she almost turned it down.
“When I read Adaline, I actually wasn’t ready to go back to work. I wanted to take a bigger break. It had only been like seven months at that point, and I thought, I cannot not be in this movie,” she tells Yahoo. “When I was on my show, it was completely consuming. I didn’t have much room for a personal life, but I did everything I could to carve it out. And that didn’t feel good, that I had to work so much at a job where you’re outputting so much.”
After Gossip Girl, she was weary about jumping into another big project. “At a certain point it becomes muscle memory. They’re handing you lines before they’re about to roll, and you have five minutes and you’re learning things,” she says of the hit TV show. “So it was really important to me to not just jump into the next thing because I could, because I was on a successful TV show and I could get a movie.”
While Blake admits that the script of the film didn’t instantly grab her, the opportunity to wear outfits spanning all eight decades certainly did.
“I was really excited about it, first of all, from just from a purely superficial standpoint. I mean, oh my gosh, I can’t believe I get to wear costumes from the early 1900s until now,” she explained. “But then, the history in the costumes. What that says about women’s role in society at each different time was really significant, and helped me as an actor.”
It was only after she gave birth to baby daughter James that she managed to get some downtime, but it’s not quite the break she had originally planned.
“It’s tough and I get, like, pooped on all the time, and barfed on. And if anything else did this to me, I would club it,” she jokes. “But it’s your baby and it’s wonderful because even when it’s tough, you just think, I’m so fortunate. That’s why it’s wonderful.”