Why Blake Lively Didn’t Surf in Shark Movie The Shallows

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In April 2018, The Shallows actress Blake Lively joined Amber Heard and Anna Kendrick at the 2018 CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She attended the event to promote her mystery thriller ‘A Simple Favor’.

Blake Lively wearing a Brackish Eddy bow tie at the 2018 CinemaConBlake Lively wearing a Brackish Eddy bow tie at the 2018 CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on April 26, 2018

The then 30-year-old actress looked lovely in a custom navy Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2018 blazer dress paired with a white Aritzia blouse and a Brackish Eddy bow tie.

Did Blake Lively Surf in The Shallows?

Not based on a true story, the 2016 American survival horror film The Shallows is written by screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski, who also wrote the screenplay for the 2016 American horror film Satanic.

Blake Lively portrays medical student Nancy Adams who goes on a surfing trip to Mexico where she gets attacked by a great white shark. Filmed in New South Wales, Australia, principal photography began on October 28, 2015.

Pro surfer Isabella Nichols was Blake Lively’s stunt double in The ShallowsPro surfer Isabella Nichols was Blake Lively’s stunt double in The Shallows

Australian professional surfer Isabella Nichols was Blake Lively’s stunt double in the film and taught Blake how to paddle correctly.

“The most difficult part about it was having to wear a vest to make the location look tropical but really it was freezing! But I wasn’t complaining because the waves were pumping!” Isabella Nichols told Stab Mag about the surfing scenes in The Shallows.

In a June 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Blake confirmed she did not surf in the movie.

There’s only a small bit of it on the buoy and only a small bit of it in a bikini, thank goodness. That was what I worked out for. It kicked my butt. But I also wanted to work out not just for extreme vanity but because they didn’t hire a stunt double until the last two weeks.

Playing medical student Nancy Adams on a surfing trip to Mexico, Blake Lively gets attacked by a shark in The ShallowsPlaying medical student Nancy Adams on a surfing trip to Mexico, Blake Lively gets attacked by a shark in The Shallows

So I was doing all my own stunts, not my own surfing. I did my best with surfing. We had the best junior surfer in the world surfing for me. My mom was like, “You should tell people you did that!” I said, “Mom, that’s like me being like ‘Oh, the Water Lilies — I painted those.”

Did The Shallows Use a Real Shark?

No, they did not use a mechanical shark. It was made entirely through computer-generated imagery.

It was like pink tape x’s that I had to react to. We filmed in the ocean and we also filmed in a tank. They had a big foam one for water displacement. The other thing that they had was they had a guy with a great white-sized fin attached and he would swim around on like a little sea doo, like an underwater rocket propeller.

The shark in The Shallows was made entirely through computer-generated imageryThe shark in The Shallows was made entirely through computer-generated imagery

But he would lose perspective too in the water and he’s going in circles and he would get dizzy so he often would just crash into the walls [of the tank]. It was so awful but also you can’t help but laugh. We were all trying to keep it together.

Blake Lively shows off some leg in a custom navy Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2018 blazer dressBlake Lively shows off some leg in a custom navy Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2018 blazer dress

To finish off her striking outfit at CinemaCon, Blake rocked Loubitag graffiti print ‘So Kate’ pumps from Christian Louboutin featuring a pointed toe and superfine stiletto heel.

Blake Lively rocked graffiti print 'So Kate' pumps from Christian LouboutinBlake Lively rocked graffiti print ‘So Kate’ pumps from Christian Louboutin

Two years earlier, she wore the ‘So Kate’ in black and white striped patent leather. You can check out her shoes at Mytheresa and Nordstrom.

Blake Lively shows off her feet in Loubitag graffiti Christian Louboutin patent leather pumpsBlake Lively shows off her feet in Loubitag graffiti Christian Louboutin patent leather pumps

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