This is the totally awesome—and inspiring—way Blake Lively picks her movie roles

Blake Lively is having a pretty eventful year. Besides expecting her second child with hubby Ryan Reynolds and being fussed over at premieres, she’s absolutely killing it in the maternal fashion department. And then there’s her career.

Blake’s latest movie, The Shallows, was just released last month. If you’re not familiar with the plot, check out the trailer and then get back to us.


OK, sorry to do that to you, but it was all for context, promise. Basically, the movie is all Blake Lively vs. a killer shark for an hour and a half, and maybe sometimes there’s a seagull on the island with her too (which makes it her Wilson).

If you’re exhausted after just watching the trailer, that’s no mistake. Blake recently told New Zealand magazine M2Woman that she’s always looking for a challenge when she’s searching for roles.

“It was incredible how quickly [the movie] moved because immediately you put yourself in that scenario and you think ‘what would I do if I was isolated and I was being hunted by a great white shark?’” she said.

Filming was a challenge, and involved long hours in the water or out in the sun. “We probably had two days where we weren’t in the water and that was the opening scene but other than that we were in every day,” she said. (Side note: we hope she had some SPF 100 to fight off that sun!)

But Serena van der Woodsen Blake isn’t just about physically demanding roles or ones that require that she be decked in H2T couture.

“I always look for diversity and I always look for movies that will scare me – ones that I feel are incredibly challenging,” she told the mag. And that seems to fit the bill. Her next projects are Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and a psychological thriller, All I See Is You.

Words to live by, Ms. Lively.

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