×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Age of Adaline’ Premiere: Blake Lively Likes to Bake on Friday Nights

“The Age of Adaline,” a drama about an immortal woman which premiered at New York’s Loews Lincoln Square on Sunday night, marks Blake Lively’s first bigscreen role since 2012’s “Savages.”

The star of “Gossip Girl” explained why she’s been selective when it comes to her career. “I look for a movie that I can’t not do,” says Lively, was in the running for “Silver Linings Playbook” but lost the part to Jennifer Lawrence (and later gave birth in December 2014). “There are plenty of movies that you read and think, ‘I could kind of see doing this.’ But there are few movies that you read and think, ‘I can’t not be in this film.’”

Director Lee Toland Krieger said he first read the script for “Adaline” six or seven years ago, when he had one feature (“The Vicious Kind”) under his belt. At the time, the producers at Lakeshore Entertainment wouldn’t meet with him, but they reconsidered when they saw his 2012 Sundance dramedy “Celeste & Jesse Forever.” Toland Krieger finally landed the job after putting together a “mood reel” that convinced them he could move through the story’s period changes from 1908 to 2015.

Toland Krieger says the first call he received was from Lively’s team — she’d read the script and wanted to play Adaline — and he talked to the actress. “She’s a bit of an old soul herself,” Toland Krieger says. “She’d rather be baking on a Friday night than out partying. She’s a statuesque timeless beauty a la Veronica Lake. She could seamlessly move between the eras [in the film].”

Harrison Ford, who didn’t attend the premiere, also liked the script and signed on for a supporting role, which he slipped into his schedule before shooting the new “Star Wars.”

Michiel Huisman, who plays the male romantic lead, said he had to audition and was cast only three weeks before the Lionsgate release started shooting. “Thank God I convinced them,” said the “Game of Thrones” hunk. “I’ve worked on a lot of TV stuff, but I’m secretly hoping to make the jump to movies.”

He added: “I know how ‘Game of Thrones’ ends [this season]. You’re going to go nuts.”

The after-party was held at the Metropolitan Club.

(Pictured: Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman)

More Scene

  • Marianne Rendon, Matt Smith, Ondi Timoner

    Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Team Talks 'Fast and Furious' Filming

    Thursday night’s New York premiere of the Matt Smith-led biopic “Mapplethorpe” took place at Cinépolis Chelsea, just steps from the Chelsea Hotel where the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe once lived — but director Ondi Timoner had no sense of that legacy when she first encountered him in a very different context. “When I was ten [...]

  • Producer Mel Jones poses at the

    'Dear White People' Producer Talks Hollywood's 'Black Tax'

    “Dear White People” and “Leimert Park” executive producer Mel Jones is extremely familiar with growing up and watching “white men in all types of roles and never [seeing] ourselves as a part of those narratives.” Now, there may be some more opportunities for writers of color to tell their own stories, but, she notes, there [...]

  • Rebel Wilson Isn't It Romantic

    Rebel Wilson on Twitter Gaffe: 'It Was Purely to Lift My Fellow Plus-Size Women Up'

    “I obviously misspoke in that situation,” Rebel Wilson told Variety at the premiere of her latest film “Isn’t It Romantic” Monday, acknowledging the gaffe in which she claimed to be the first-ever plus-sized woman to star in a romantic comedy during an October appearance on “Ellen.” Following the comment, Wilson was met with criticism from Twitter [...]

  • NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 11:

    How Lena Waithe Convinced Halle Berry to Team Up for 'Boomerang' TV Series

    Halle Berry wasn’t immediately sold on the idea of a “Boomerang” reboot. The 1992 romantic comedy, which starred Berry, Eddie Murphy, and Robin Givens, told the tale of cocky ad executive and insatiable ladies’ man Marcus (Murphy) who meets his match in his new boss Jacqueline (Givens) — an exec who treats him the same [...]

  • Rebel Wilson and Miley Cyrus'Isn't it

    Why Liam Hemsworth Wasn't at His 'Isn't It Romantic' Premiere, but Wife Miley Cyrus Was

    Liam Hemsworth had every intention of bringing his wife, Miley Cyrus, to Monday’s premiere of his new romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic.” However, the Aussie actor was forced to skip the evening because of some “health things.” That didn’t stop Cyrus from attended the red carpet shindig at the Theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content