SHANGHAI — When friends are late, I really don’t mind waiting for them. However, waiting for my interview with Blake Lively to start was another thing altogether.
I was petrified.
Perhaps it was because I absolutely adored her as Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. Or maybe because her other half, Ryan Reynolds, had flown in with her and was lurking around somewhere.
Blake Lively during my interview session with her at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai
Whatever the reason was, it was just nerve-wracking. Luckily, the suite at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai had a magnificent view of the Bund to distract me from what was to be the most epic interview of my life. Barely.
Lively was in town as the face of Gucci Premiere, the brand’s fragrance, which was inspired by the Gucci Premiere couture collection that made its appearance on Kate Beckinsale, Salma Hayek and Naomi Watts, among others, at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. When she finally arrived, Lively was as sprightly as ever. Decked in an all-black get-up and jewel-encrusted flats, she worked the room (her handshake, I am glad to report, was firm).
“I’m so excited to meet you, too!” she exclaimed.
And what of Ryan Reynolds?
Her beau arrived right at the end of our interview, surfacing to give a tender kiss on Lively’s lips.
Where was mine?