Blake Lively on Why She Thinks It Ends With Us Book fans will love the movie

Blake Lively is reassuringly passionate It ends with us book fans that she thinks they will love the film adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s beloved book.

The actress, who plays Lily Bloom, spoke Entertainment tonight Friday about the film, which Justin Baldoni also directed and starred in.

“Some people will always like a book better than a movie and some people will like a movie better than the book, but I think we just did our best to honor the book and the fans, and, I think, really something that even works on its own,” Lively explains.

“If you don’t know the book, the movie works,” she continued. “I don’t think it’s possible that if you read the book and saw the movie, you wouldn’t be happy. We really worked hard on that,” she added. “I also believe that if you saw the movie and then read the book, you wouldn’t say, ‘Wait a minute, this isn’t like (the other one).’ You can do both. I think they are both very beautiful.”

The film, which hits theaters on August 9, follows Lily Bloom, who overcomes a traumatic childhood to start a new chapter and follow her dreams. Along the way, she meets charming neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid (Baldoni), but as their bond deepens, Lily begins to see sides of Ryle that remind her of her parents’ relationship. And life gets even more confusing for Lily when her first love, Atlas Corrigan (Brandon Sklenar), suddenly reappears in her life.

The Gossip Girl alum added that “the most important part” of the film is connecting with fans, some of whom have been devoted to Hoover since the beginning.

“This story resonated with so many people, so there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that,” Lively said It ends with us. “You want to honor this book and this character that people love so much, but you also want to bring a life and a humanity to it that is true to who you are. There are many different things you want to achieve in this story.

“I’m just so proud of this movie,” she continued. “I’m so proud to be here and share this with Colleen and the fans. It’s just very special. It was a great honor to compete against Lily, and I am so proud.”

At the Tribeca Festival earlier this week, Christy Hall, who wrote the script, also spoke briefly The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming movie.

“I have to say that we all worked very hard to do justice to that wonderful book,” she said. “And I really believe deep down that the fans will feel respected, cared for and deeply loved because everyone who made that movie was as passionate about that book as they were.”