Blake Lively: Ryan Reynolds wasn't my favourite leading man

Suzannah Ramsdale
by Suzannah Ramsdale

Blake Lively for Marie Claire

Blake Lively has had her fair share of dashing leading men - to recap she's worked with Ben Affleck, Eddie Redmayne and her current boyfriend Ryan Reynolds - but her favourite on-screen love interest has come something of a surprise to us.

Speaking to Marie Claire for our October issue (on sale in newsstands from Thursday 6th September), Blake revealed that rather then Reynolds, who she lives with in upstate New York, her most treasured filming experience was with Alan Arkin in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

She said: 'Honestly, Alan Arkin was one of the best love interests I’ve ever had. He was the most kind, fun and a challenge - because he was clearly very uncomfortable with the fact that I was 19 and he was 72.'

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During her interview with us, the 25-year-old actress also recalled the moment she fulfilled a lifelong dream - to meet the Spice Girls.

She said: 'When I was a child I probably should have been medicated about my obsession with The Spice Girls. I had the Buffalo shoes, a customised Baby Spice necklace –when I say custom made it was made out of plastic from the local mall – and a union jack dress.

'Recently, I was in London and I stayed in my hotel most of the time because it was raining. But on the last night I went out for dinner. After I’d arrived, I was told a bunch of paparazzi had showed up. I thought, “that’s so weird. I’ve been left alone most of my stay - why are they bothering me now?”

'But then someone told me it was because Victoria Beckham was in the same restaurant. I was like, OK, that makes sense. She’s a friend of mine and I would have said hello but I decided I didn’t want to bother her. Until that person then told me that she was there with I was like, I need to say hello! So, there you have it; I got to hang out with The Spice Girls. It was my lifelong dream. That’s it now. I can quit.'

Read the full interview with Blake Lively in the October issue of Marie Claire on sale in newsstands from Thursday 6th September.

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