Blake Lively Tried Hard Not to Be "Captain Cryface at All Moments" While Filming 'Age of Adaline'

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Director Lee Toland Krieger said of Harrison Ford: "He ate lunch with the crew every day, he was helping out with equipment on his first day. … And he delivers his most tender performance that we've seen from him in years."

Blake Lively embraced being a 27-year-old on Monday night, beaming in a sweeping red Monique Lhuillier gown at the New York premiere of The Age of Adaline, which she attended with her mother and brother.

The actress stars as a woman who becomes immortal after an accident, remaining 29 years old for nearly eight decades — a time period mostly spent alone after having lost so many loved ones over the years. So how did she navigate playing the emotionally weighted character without dragging the audience down?

"Just not being Captain Cryface at all moments, because no one likes a cryface!" she told to The Hollywood Reporter outside the AMC Loews Lincoln Square. "There was tragedy to her because she's very alone, but she's also very blessed — it's a 'champagne problem' sort of thing. Finding that balance was tricky."

"I think the way she did that is pretty amazing — how the hell are you gonna play an 107-year-old while in the body of a 29-year-old?" echoed her co-star Michiel Huisman, who joined guests at the Metropolitan Club for the post-screening bash. "It was very inspiring to play opposite her."

The Lionsgate title "shines a light on our secret desire to stay young forever, and how really unnatural and unpleasant that would be," said Ellen Burstyn, who plays Adaline's estranged daughter — an age-reversal of which she had to keep reminding herself while on set, "since I kept feeling maternal toward her!" she laughed.

"This is not a wish-fulfillment fantasy as much as it is celebrating the fact that our lives are finite, and there's a beauty in growing old," added director Lee Toland Krieger, who insisted on portraying those eight decades onscreen realistically. "The struggle was making sure it felt epic and had this big scope, and to do it on a relatively modest budget. And we were really adamant about getting every detail right — from the costumes to the production design, it's all authentic and accurate. It was a combination of modest means and having the time to research and get it right."

The cast also mentioned how down-to-earth Harrison Ford was during production. Krieger was surprised at "what a warm, accessible collaborator he was — he ate lunch with the crew every day, he was helping out with equipment on his first day, and there's no entourage. … And he delivers his most tender performance that we've seen from him in years."

Altogether, Amanda Crew was pretty pleased while working with Ford: "He flew his helicopter to set every day like a badass — thanks for fulfilling all my Star Wars dreams with that!"

The Age of Adaline hits theaters April 24.

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