When Blake Lively found out she was going to be included on this year’s Time 100 list of the world’s most-influential people , she knew exactly who she wanted to get to write her blurb, even if it might be a stretch.
The “Gossip Girl” star gushed about “Moulin Rouge” director Baz Luhrmann when she spoke to MTV News about the film’s influence in anticipation of today’s “Moulin Rouge at 10: A Spectacular Spectacular MTV News Event.”
“Oh my gosh! I actually asked Baz to write this piece because he is somebody, my whole life, who I’ve idolized,” she said. “Everything he’s ever done has been so inspiring to me, so I thought, ’Well, let’s just ask him. There’s no way he’ll do it.’ But he did, and I can’t believe it. It makes the honor that much greater.”
Her love isn’t just for Luhrmann, but also his kitschy, fun 2001 flick. “Oh my gosh! You’re lucky I’m not breaking into song right now,” she joked. “As soon as I had red hair I was so excited ’cause I thought, ’Yes! I’m Satine!’ ”
MTV News will reunite Luhrmann, and the movie’s stars, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, on today at 3 p.m. ET on MTV.com. The director and actors will be joined by co-star John Leguizamo, who played artist Toulouse-Lautrec, and Catherine Martin, who won the Oscar for costume design and art direction. Hosted by MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, the live stream will include special appearances and live interviews while looking back at how the film came to be and how its legacy continues to grow.
Don’t miss “Moulin Rouge at 10: A Spectacular Spectacular MTV News Event” today at 3 p.m. ET on MTV.com! Get in the conversation by tweeting @MTVNews with the hashtag #AskMoulin.