We tend to believe that certain celebrities live the most carefree, utterly perfect lives. Especially with actors, we like to think that in addition to having amazing careers, they also have ideal relationships and are exceptional parents.Well, Blake Lively is fed up with people referring to her, and to her life as a mother of two and wife to Ryan Reynolds, as perfect. There’s much, much more to Blake (and to all women!) than being categorized as something so simplistic. We love that Blake has set the record straight and is so passionate about equality and women’s rights, especially when it comes to the male-dominated film industry. Ah, just one more reason to love this outspoken, talented, and philanthropic woman.
Blake was asked how she feels when reading articles and interviews that depict her life as perfect.
“It’s nonsense,” she replied. “It simplifies people.” She continued, “When you read, ‘Oh, she’s got a perfect life,’ or ‘Her life is crumbling’ — they [interviewers] pick narratives for everyone. And the narratives stick.”
Blake explained the difference between the personas she and Ryan Reynolds portray onscreen and their real-life selves.
“My husband and I are really shy people who express ourselves best when we’re acting, when we’re hiding as someone else,” she revealed.
As the mother of two young daughters, Blake expressed how conscious she and Ryan try to be while raising them.
“Do I know how to be the best parent for a daughter? No, I have no idea. All I can do is share what I’m thinking — and learn from others,” she explained.
As with many Americans, Blake revealed how the recent presidential election changed her.
“It made me more aware, more conscious, more sensitive,” she said. “Not just of sexism but of discrimination in all areas — class, gender, race.”
When considering acting roles, Blake revealed that she is drawn to female characters who are far from one-dimensional.
“I think that on-screen — at least in the mainstream — complicated women are black-and-white. They’re villains, or they’re heroic. And that’s just not real life… We all have a lightness, and we all have a darkness, and we all have plenty of shades in between,” she explained.
Blake loves her career, but she would never let it get in the way of her family life.
“I admire people who find that what fulfills them is their art or their work, but what fulfills both me and my husband is our family,” she said. “Knowing that, everything else comes second.”
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