It’s Blake vs. Shark! Blake Lively talks about making a big splash in her new survival-thriller, The Shallows.
Blake Lively is back and fighting a big great white shark in her new movie, The Shallows. But is there more than meets the eye?
In The Shallows, Nancy (Lively) is seeking solace after the death of her mother. Though she’s been a driven medical student, Nancy has also found peace on a surfboard, and now has located what she’s looking for – the secret beach that was a special place for her mom. Though she knows it’s dangerous to surf alone, she risks it when her travel companion bails – even calling home to let her tight-knit family know that she has found this special place. As she surfs in this beautiful, hidden place, she thinks it will be a chance for her to reflect.
So was Blake, who did most of her own stunts in the film have a fear of sharks? In 2010, Lively spent time in the water, diving with great white sharks and conservationists which gave her a greater connection to the story. “I went diving with great white sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa,” Lively said. “I was face-to-face with those majestic creatures. It was incredibly eye opening, because I was always terrified of great white sharks, but being in the water with them, being within their habitat, they don’t look like big, monstrous creatures – they’re beautiful, peaceful and serene. That was helpful, because in this movie, I’m not thinking of the shark as an attacker – the shark is a remarkable creature, simply trying to survive. As is Nancy.”
In this interview, Lively talks about filming The Shallows and whether she could survive under these incredible circumstances.
The Shallows opens in theatres on June 24.