"I am really proud that we get to be in a movie he's proud of," the actress said of her costar
The 27-year-old actress admitted that the cast and crew of the new romance drama The Age of Adaline was a bit nervous when the Indiana Jones icon showed up to set.
“It’s Harrison Ford – so you think he’s just going show up … and we get to work with him and he’s Indiana Jones and we all get to be nervous,” Lively told reporters at a press event for the film Sunday in Los Angeles, alongside her costar Michiel Huisman and director Lee Toland Krieger.
“But he cares so much,” she continued. “I was really startled.”
The Gossip Girl alum also said that she is excited to be a part of a film she knows the Star Wars actor stands behind.
“I am really proud that we get to be in a movie he’s proud of,” she said, adding that Ford “really loved the outcome” of the film.
And Lively wasn’t the only one who remained in awe of the actor on set. The Age of Adaline director Krieger described himself as “a kid in a candy store” when Ford, 72, showed up for filming.
“He loves being on set. He wants to work hard. We were all surprised,” Krieger said. “Here’s a guy who has been doing it so long and still wants to grind and still wants to get it right.”
He added, “He was as warm and accessible as any other actor. And yet he’s an icon who probably doesn’t have to listen to a 32-year-old director!”
Still in recovery after crashing his vintage World War II plane on a Santa Monica, California, golf course last month, Ford couldn’t attend the press junket. But Krieger told the crowd he texted with the actor to “let him know we were thinking about him.”
“This guy is Han Solo and Indiana Jones for a reason. He’s a tough son of a bitch,” Krieger said. “Just the sheer fact that he landed the plane successfully – a 1942 plane that stalls on take-off – is extraordinary in and of itself. He’s as tough as they come.”
“I know it will be a full recovery,” he added.
• Reporting by MATT WEISS