Blake Lively on Her Cannes Cinderella Moment and ‘The Shallows’ Workout Regime

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Blake Lively’s attitude for maternity fashion is an excellent one: embrace it.

The Shallows actress, who is pregnant with her and Ryan Reynolds’ second child, opened up about her pregnancy style (and that head-turning Cinderella-esque gown she rocked on the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival last month) to Entertainment Weekly: “It’s fun to dress up in a big sparkly number and a Cinderella-looking dress.”

I came home to my baby [18-month-old daughter James] and she was like, ‘Wow.’ You know, because you just look like a Disney movie. It’s fun to get to do that. Because when you’re a little girl you play dress-up, and now I get to do it in big-girl life too.

There are lots of variables these days, but [it’s] fun to dress [under] the circumstances.

When complimented for being oh-so-beautiful, Lively joked, “You should see me when I wake up!” adding thanks to the people “making [her] look cute.”

She noted, “But this is not real life. I don’t normally wear feather numbers with cashmere sweatshirts.” In addition, she finds her status as a style icon “nerve-wracking and weird,” and even though she’s famous, she does all her own styling. “Everybody in the world does all their own styling. They wake up in the morning and put their own clothes on themselves. It’s not that different.” Of course, she has the advantages of having high-fashion at her fingertips and being able to work with designers, but everything is “way less impressive” than it seems.

Lively’s latest role in The Shallows has her comparatively dressed down in a bikini and wetsuit for most of the movie. Training for the movie was a totally different story, since shooting for the movie (10 months after she gave birth to James) was physically so demanding.

She told Entertainment Tonight:

Being in waves like that, swimming like that, doing such long takes like that all the time — I became so much stronger and more fit by the end of production. I was working out 13 hours a day because shooting was working out.

It was neat to be able to do that, and it was neat to have that challenge after having a baby, because you think your body is so different — you think no matter what, it’s never [going to be] totally be the same.

And to be able to be in better shape than I had ever been in before. I thought, ‘OK, that’s really encouraging.’

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She added that she had help before shooting started from a trainer: “Well, you know, I had an amazing trainer. I was fortunate to have Don Saladino help me out and he just kicked my butt in the best way, in the most healthy way.”

See Lively’s The Shallows in theaters today (June 24, 2016).