The adventure begins in the Vogue offices when I am bidden to look at the fittings shots of Blake Lively, which reveal a body sublimely toned for her upcoming role as Carol Ferris (a.k.a. ultravillain Star Sapphire) in Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, based on the DC Comics superhero introduced in 1940. “All I want is to be a hero to my nephews and nieces,” Lively says, laughing. “I’m going to be the coolest aunt ever.”
Lively has been rehearsing with a stunt coordinator who works on the Bond movies and with gymnastic acrobats from Cirque du Soleil. “Our director likes it real—the fights close and dirty,” she explains, and for added veracity aerial stunts are being filmed in the rig created for The Matrix. “I’m 40 feet in the air, spiraling around. That’s the best workout you can ever do because it’s all core,” she tells me. “You do that for ten minutes and you should see your body the next day! It’s so exhilarating, so thrilling—and nauseating,” she adds, all of which promises to stand her in good stead for the surf experience to come.
Some interesting quotes from Lively. Is she describing herself as being the damsel in distress or will she actually appear as Star Sapphire?