On Tuesday, Woody Allen’s latest film “Café Society” opened the Cannes International Film Festival. Before the premiere, Allen’s son Ronan Farrow wrote an essay in The Hollywood Reporter criticizing Hollywood and the media’s silence around Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse allegations against the director. Allen later responded to the piece, claiming he hadn’t read and that he’s “moved so far past” the incident, as well as a rape joke made at his expense at the Cannes opening ceremonies. Now, actress Blake Lively who co-stars in “Café Society” has also responded to the controversy as well.
The former “Gossip Girl” star said earlier today that she didn’t enjoy the rape joke claiming that, “Film festivals are such beautiful, respectful festivals of film and artists and to have that, it felt like it wouldn’t have happened if it was in the 1940s. I can’t imagine Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby going out and doing that.” However, in another interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lively went further and said that it’s “amazing what Woody has written for women.” She said that his personal life and the allegations didn’t impact her work on the film: “It’s very dangerous to factor in things you don’t know anything about,” she said. “I could [only] know my experience. And my experience with Woody is he’s empowering to women.”
Lively is best known for her starring role in the CW teen drama “Gossip Girl.” She also co-starred in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Town,” and “The Age of Adaline.” “Café Society” opens in the United States on July 15th.