‘It Ends With Us’ creator Colleen Hoover responds to backlash over film’s casting, costumes

Colleen Hoover is “extraordinarily joyful” about the best way the movie adaptation of her ebook “It Ends With Us” is popping out — regardless of backlash from followers.

“I bought to see the footage they filmed so far. I’m not a crier — I do know that I write emotional books, however I’m not an emotional individual — and I cried a lot on set,” the creator advised Jenna Bush Hager on Friday at her annual E book Bonanza competition in Grapevine, Texas.

Hoover’s 2016 bestseller follows a 23-year-old florist, Lily Bloom (performed by Blake Vigorous), who will get into an abusive relationship with a 30-year-old surgeon, Ryle Kincaid (Justin Baldoni).

When Vigorous was first noticed on set in Hoboken, New Jersey, in Might, Hoover’s fan base, often known as the CoHorts, ripped aside the “Gossip Lady” alum’s outfits on-line.

Black Lively and Justin Baldoni filming "It Ends With Us."
Followers reacted poorly to the best way Blake Vigorous was dressed on set in Might.
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Whereas taking pictures one scene, Vigorous, 35, wore patterned boxers pulled up above her stomach button and a clashing pair of equally loud, patterned pants.

One TikTok person requested whether or not the costume was a “prank,” whereas one other wrote, “The place within the books did it say Lily wore a number of pairs of pants?”

Nonetheless, Hoover, 43, admitted she “loves” the social media roastings as a result of they present how devoted her readers are.

Black Lively and Justin Baldoni filming "It Ends With Us."
“I’m not fearful about it,” Hoover mentioned of the backlash.
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“I don’t keep in mind describing outfits in any respect. I don’t care what they’ve on. In my head, it’s concerning the dialog they’re having and the story. It’s the identical means within the film,” she mentioned.

“You’ve seen a few outfits which might be fully out of context. I’m not fearful about it.”


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Hoover — who mentioned she has been “obsessed” with Vigorous since “Gossip Lady” aired within the late aughts — additionally stood by her resolution to faucet the “Age of Adaline” actress for the position after followers referred to as her out for not casting a “legit” redhead.

Black Lively and Justin Baldoni filming "It Ends With Us."
Followers additionally referred to as out Hoover for casting Vigorous to play a redhead within the movie adaptation slightly than a pure redhead.
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The self-described “pessimist” mentioned she “couldn’t imagine” that Vigorous had agreed to be within the movie.

“I believe [Baldoni] anticipated [me] to only scream into the telephone,” she recalled, describing when the “Jane the Virgin” star, 39, advised her Vigorous would tackle the position of Lily.

“However he doesn’t understand … I’ve not allowed myself to get really excited as a result of I’m like, ‘One thing may occur. It’s not achieved filming. Something may go mistaken.’”

“It Ends With Us” follows a younger florist who will get concerned with a surgeon.

Hoover additionally addressed readers’ issues that the characters’ ages had been raised within the movie.

“Again after I wrote ‘It Ends With Us,’ the brand new grownup [genre] was extremely popular. You had been writing college-age characters. That’s what I used to be contracted to do,” she defined.

“I made Lily very younger. I didn’t know that neurosurgeons went to high school for 50 years. There’s not a 20-something neurosurgeon. As I began making this film, I’m like, ‘We have to age them out as a result of I tousled.’ In order that’s my fault.”

Black Lively and Justin Baldoni filming "It Ends With Us."
A launch date for the movie has not been introduced but.
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Whereas followers have been skeptical of a few of Hoover’s selections to this point for the upcoming movie, she isn’t fazed by their issues.

“You guys are going to be so joyful. I’m extraordinarily joyful, and now my expectations are up, and I’m going to maintain them there,” she shared.

Manufacturing on the mission was lately halted amid the Writers Guild of America strike. A launch date has not been introduced but.