Blake Lively is a talented actor, there’s no doubt about that. However, when it came to filming her new movie, All I See Is You, Lively found herself well and truly out of her comfort zone when she was asked to perform two songs for the soundtrack.
“I can’t sing,” Lively tells Collider, when asked about the process of perfecting (or not perfecting) her singing voice. “I know I can’t sing.”
Despite this, though, the actor threw herself into her performance and shrugged off any auto-tune suggestions: her emotional connection to the movie, she says, outweighed the need to actually hit the notes.
“That’s my identity,” she explains. “I love singing more than anything in the whole world. I’m like, ‘Hi, nice to meet you. I can’t sing to save my life.’
“I sang in this movie… it’s not great. But the thing is, it doesn’t matter, because this character’s not a singer. She’s singing at a kids’ recital. And actually Babyface was the person who was coaching me cause we were at his recording studio… so cool.”
Lively adds: “It’s not perfect, but it was real.”
The soundtrack for the film was released quietly at the end of October, which means that the Gossip Girl star’s efforts are now available to listen to online.
The first, In Our Dreams, is a simple and melancholy love song:
And the second, Double Dutch, is a sweet, childish tune – the kind that might be sung to keep time when skipping on a school playground:
All I See Is You – which has been getting favourable reviews so far – sees Lively take on the role of Gina, a woman who has been blind ever since she was a child. As such, she exclusively depends on her husband, James (Jason Clarke) to feel and “see” the world around her – which only solidifies their extremely passionate relationship.
However, when a corneal transplant gives her back her sight, Gina is able to experience the world with a newfound sense of wonder and independence – something which James, strangely, seems to find threatening.
It is only when Gina suddenly begins to lose her sight again that she finally realizes the disturbing reality of their marriage and their lives.
As Lively has pointed out herself, her character is not a singer – yet she is asked to sing in the film, to help set one scene in particular.
The scene is so important to the plot that the film’s director, Marc Forster, told Vanity Fair he considered dubbing her vocals with someone else’s voice.
That all changed, though, when she entered the recording studio.
“Suddenly we were in a studio in L.A. and she is in front of a mic and she starts singing,” he recalled.
“The studio was Babyface’s, and he came in and was suddenly standing there saying, ‘She’s great! She needs no help.’”
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