Blake Lively: “I Am Always The First Person To Defend Gwyneth Paltrow”
By Michael Lewittes | 12:05 pm, July 18th, 2014
Blake Lively opens up in the August issue of Vogue about her new lifestyle website, husband Ryan Reynolds, and how Martha Stewart saved her wedding. The stunning cover star’s website, Preserve, is set to launch on July 23, and Lively is already prepared for the backlash. “I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will say horrible things,” she tells the magazine. “I’m sure this interview will be picked apart. But you can’t worry about it.” She notes, “There have been so many things written about me that are untrue and horrifying. I can’t even believe that my family has to read this stuff.”
“You just have to do what makes you happy, because you’ll never get a unanimous vote,” she explains. “People like to gossip. They bond over it. They don’t bond over complimenting famous people.” The “Gossip Girl” actress adds, “I’m always the first person to defend Gwyneth Paltrow. Or any woman in a position of power, like Martha Stewart or Oprah, who gets burned. Because they have paved the path for so many other women who are doing something they believe in.”
Lively also credits Stewart for saving her 2012 nuptials. “Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn’t know what to do, so we called Martha!,” she tells the magazine. “[Stewart] said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll handle it.’” The Age of Adeline star reveals the lifestyle guru “sent her team down to save us. And then she called her friends who have a home in South Carolina and set us up at the most amazing getaway.”
Lively admits she can “get really frustrated when something goes wrong,” but that Reynolds helped her see things differently, citing her wedding dress being ruined at their reception. “Florence Welch was singing at the reception, and they brought out these sparklers, and I’m watching her sing,” she recalls. “I look down and my wedding dress has a big burn mark from one of the sparklers. Right on the front!” She notes, “It was just so heartbreaking to me.” And later, my dress was hanging up and Ryan said, ‘Isn’t that beautiful?’ I said, ‘What?’ And he pointed to the burn.” “My heart just stopped, because it was such a sensitive little subject,” she explained. “And he said, ‘You’ll always remember that moment with Florence singing and the sparklers. You have that forever, right there, preserved.’ Now that’s my favorite part of the dress.”
The actress is looking forward to building a family with Reynolds, saying he is going to be a “great father and leader and patriarch—he’s so meant to be all of those things.” “The fact that he lived so much before we got together, he’s the exact realized person that he should be,” she adds. “And so I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there.” What do you think of Lively’s comments?