Stewart said she her audition was recorded on tape

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated May 13, 2016 01:35 PM
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Auditioning for a director like Woody Allen is no easy task – just ask Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart.

Lively, 28, and Stewart, 26, sat down with PEOPLE at the Cannes Film Festival, where they dished on what it was like work with Allen on the upcoming film Café Society.

“He has such a strong fingerprint, you know a Woody Allen movie,” explained Lively. “Even though he jumps genres, his dialogue, his cadence, his music – so stepping into it you have a good sense of what this filmmaker wants.”

And while Lively described her audition for the role of Veronica as “casual,” Stewart had a different experience. The Twilight actress said Allen, 80, wasn’t present the day she went in to read, so she had to record her audition on tape.

“I walked out of the room and I was like, ‘Give me the tape,’ and they were like ‘No, no, no,’ ” she said. “I was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m leaving this tape in this room for him to watch.’ ”

“That’s so much scarier,” added Lively, who admitted that while the director was there to watch her audition, she was still extremely nervous.

“He was like walking around and looking at me and he goes, ‘Can you do it again but louder?,’ ” recalled Lively. “I realized I must have been so scared that I was like [whispers]. Just not speaking.”

The film, written and directed by Allen, will be released on July 15 by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate.