Live Bait
Blake Lively is one (and only?) reason we're going out to get Green Lantern on DVD this month...

Blake Lively is slowly but surely proving that she's not just a pretty face. Having made her mark as rich kid Serena van der Woodsen in TV's Gossip Girl after a great turn in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and its sequel Lively showed she was all grown up in her next movie, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Then came the role that really proved that she was no longer a young girl opposite Ben Affleck in The Town.
Now, Lively has added 'comic book heroine' to her ever-growing resume, with her portrayal of Carol Ferris in Green Lantern. Starring alongside Ryan Reynolds, Lively shows that she's more than capable than holding her own against big-name actors, and also that she's an actress to be taken seriously, thank you very much.
Here, she tells us more about this important role, why she took it on and what she thought of Green Lantern before she got involved in the movie project.
Live Bait
Blake Lively is one (and only?) reason we're going out to get Green Lantern on DVD this month

Blake Lively is slowly but surely proving that she's not just a pretty face. Having made her mark as rich kid Serena van der Woodsen in TV's Gossip Girl after a great turn in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and its sequel Lively showed she was all grown up in her next movie, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Then came the role that really proved that she was no longer a young girl opposite Ben Affleck in The Town.
Now, Lively has added 'comic book heroine' to her ever-growing resume, with her portrayal of Carol Ferris in Green Lantern. Starring alongside Ryan Reynolds, Lively shows that she's more than capable than holding her own against big-name actors, and also that she's an actress to be taken seriously, thank you very much.
Here, she tells us more about this important role, why she took it on and what she thought of Green Lantern before she got involved in the movie project.

Tell us about your character, Carol Ferris.

Carol Ferris is an incredible character, especially in this genre of film. I always grew up loving comic book films. She's unique because she's not the damsel in distress; she is an equal with Hal. They're the two best fighter pilots in the world. She runs the aviation company that Hal works for. She grew up, they were best friends and they were each other's first love; so there's a lot of tension with the two of them and a bit of a rivalry. They're always challenging each other and sparring and I love that relationship. In a lot of ways she has to save Hal when he's feeling weak, because he is only human. She's there to kick him in the butt and help see and realise his full potential. I love that, because I think that that's much more true to real life. There aren't heroes and the people that stand by their side, everybody is leaning on each other and helping each other. Seeing a woman full of such strength and character, she's a fighter pilot, and I think that that's really great that she was able to not just be the woman in the lab or the woman on the train tracks. I just loved her. I thought that she was really gutsy and unlike any character I've ever seen in this sort of film.

Is that what drew you to the project? Did you know about the Green Lantern before this?

No, I didn't know about the Green Lantern before this. I realised very quickly how naÃ

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