Blake Lively longs for Paul Hollywood handshake in most bizarre advert of 2023

We never thought a Blake Lively and Paul Hollywood collab was on the cards, but here we are.

The Great British Bake Off bread whiz, 57, and the 36-year-old Gossip Girl star are a, erm, unexpected duo. She’s Hollywood royalty, and he’s… Paul Hollywood.

Sorry Paul, as you are somewhat of a national baking treasure. Jokes aside, the pair teamed up in an advert for Blake’s gormet fizzy mixer brand Betty Booze.

The actor founded the alcohol line – which promises pairings of the ‘freshest fruits, spices, herbs and more with real spirits and just the right amount of bubbles to create unmatched, unmistakably delicious drinks’ – recently, and now it looks as though she’s taking aim at the UK market.

Who better to test out her new fizzy concoctions than the voice of British culinary reason himself?

Playing on Paul’s famous Great British Bake Off handshake, which he bestows only on the most deserving contestants of the Channel 4 show, Blake is seen nervously showing the TV chef her product.

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‘Do you like it?’ asks a timid Blake after barging into Paul’s house with a basket of drinks demanding his professional opinion.

Taking a swig, Paul looks up at the US star with those piercing wolf eyes and says four words to end all four words: ‘I really like it.’

‘Yeah?’ smiles Blake with a huge sigh of relief.

‘It is absolutely beautiful,’ he continues. ‘I think really good. The tang, the balance with the ginger, it’s spot on.’

But before Blake can get over such complimentary words from the most critical Bake Off judge, he pulls out his hand, apparently poised for the legendary Hollywood handshake.

Someone has clearly been watching Bake Off in her Welsh pad in between husband Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham AFC matches, because Blake looks down in awe as Paul’s outstretched hand glows up biblically.

But unfortunately for Blake, he continues past her and instead of offering his hand goes in for another can. We suppose that’s good enough of a compliment.

‘It’s so easy to grab and go,’ he commented.

Blake captioned the post as she wrote: ‘Finally made it in Hollywood. @bettybooze @paul.hollywood happy birthday to me 🎁.’

It is indeed the star’s birthday today, and we’re kind of shocked at the contents of her birthday post. We just weren’t expecting this.

All Blake’s mates were loving the little promo clip, as model Gigi Hadid wrote: ‘U da best 🎂’

Paul commented with a playful: ‘You cake my day on your special day @blakelively 🤝 @bettybooze.’

Hugh Jackman said: ‘The (non)handshake is everything. Happy birthday to my friend Miss @bettybooze.’

Husband Ryan was loving the clip, as he commented with three love heart smiling emoji.

But it appears Blake initially made a boo-boo as some suggested she’d tagged the wrong Paul in her post before changing it.

‘This guy @paulhollywood just got a notification from Blake Lively… wonders why his phone is blowing up 😆 #wrongpaul,’ one said.

Whatever next…

Does Blake Lively drink?

Some people are wondering why Blake mentions in the video for Betty Booze that she doesn’t drink (but eats alcohol in various desserts).

Blake does not drink, as she once told ‘I don’t drink because I don’t like the effects of alcohol, but I like being social.’

The star said this during a mixology class celebrating the launch of her alcohol-free mixers in 2021, Betty Buzz. She has now launched another line, Betty Booze, which are alcoholic mixers.

On announcing the launch in June, Blake faced some backlash from fans for the move considering she doesn’t drink herself.

‘Drinking isn’t my thing. But for f* sake, flavour is,’ she wrote in the caption of the announcement. ‘Homemade recipes. Real fruit. Real ingredients. Quality booze. No crap. Also a real time saver. Which is why I really did it.’

In another promotional post, Blake claimed that ‘zero alcohol’ Betty Buzz is ‘good for all ages and preferences,’ and Betty Booze is ‘for those who want the alcohol because that’s what hosts do’.

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