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Blake Lively was born in Los Angeles on August 25, 1987. Her father was an actor and director, and
her mother was a talent scout. During her junior year of high school, Lively had an audition for and
landed a major role in the 2005 blockbuster “chick flick” The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Two
years later, Lively landed her most famous role to date on the CW’s hit teen drama Gossip Girl.
Blake Lively was born into a Los Angeles show business family on August 25, 1987. Her father, Ernie,
was an actor and director, and her mother, Elaine, was a talent scout. Blake Lively is the youngest of
five children, and all four of her older siblings are also actors. Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue
their show business careers, Lively’s parents lived in Georgia, and the household always maintained
its Southern influences. “I have a tight-knit Southern family,” she says. “So whenever I tell people I’m
from L.A., they say, ‘Yeah, but you don’t count,’ I guess because of the Southern values I was raised
with, and the way I eat—the more sugary and cheesy and fried, the better.” Lively began the first
grade when she was only 3 years old. Her 6-year-old brother was so nervous about beginning first
grade alone that her mother told the school that Blake (who was extremely tall for her age) was also 6
years old so that she could accompany him. “After a few weeks,” Lively remembers, “they said they
would have to put me in mentally disabled classes because I wasn’t up to pace with the rest of the
kids. They thought that I was slow because all I wanted to do was sleep while the other kids were
doing their projects.” After getting that early, if perhaps ill-advised, jump on her primary education,
Lively attended a staggering 13 different schools by the time she graduated from 12th grade. She
finally settled at Burbank High School, where she stood out in both her academics and her
extracurricular activities. Besides receiving stellar grades in her AP coursework, Lively was a
cheerleader, class president, and member of her school’s show choir.
Despite strong pressure from her older siblings to ditch school and embark on an acting career, Lively
initially expressed no interest in acting. Instead, she had her own dreams of attending Stanford
University. Nevertheless, sensing her star potential, her older brother Eric relentlessly pushed Blake
Lively to try auditioning. “He was trying to get me to make life decisions at 15!” she recalls. He then
began contacting agents and telling them about his beautiful, talented younger sister. “I was really
busy at school,” Lively remembers, “and I would have these agents calling and saying, ‘We have an
appointment for you.’ It was really hard to say no, because I didnt want to make my brother upset.’’
During her junior year of high school, at the age of 17, Lively finally consented to attend a few
auditions. She found nearly instant success. After only a few months of auditioning, she landed a
major role in the 2005 blockbuster “chick flick” The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which filmed
during the summer between her junior and senior years at Burbank High. Her performance earned her
a Teen Choice Award nomination for Breakout Movie Star.
After filming Traveling Pants, Lively returned to Burbank for her senior year and graduated in 2005.
After finishing her diploma, she immediately returned to acting, starring opposite Justin Long and
Jonah Hill in the 2006 comedy Accepted. A year later, in 2007, Lively landed her most famous role to
date on the CW’s hit tee- drama Gossip Girl. The show follows a cohort of privileged teenagers on
New York’s Upper East Side, with Lively playing the lead role of Serena van der Woodsen, a stylish
blonde and (somewhat) reformed party girl. Bolstered by intense media coverage, including a
provocative and controversial photo shoot in Rolling Stone magazine, Gossip Girl quickly developed a
cult-like fan base. Its young and beautiful cast became nearly ubiquitous on celebrity magazine covers
and websites. The fashion-forward show, and Lively’s character in particular, also had enormous
influence over style trends. Any outfit Lively wears as Serena in an episode of Gossip Girl sells out of
stores the day after the episode airs. Gossip Girl is currently in its fourth season, and Lively won the
2008 Teen Choice Award for TV Actress and TV Breakout Star for her performance. In a case of
onscreen romance breeding real-life love, in 2007 Blake Lively began dating Gossip Girl co-star Penn
Badgley, who plays Dan Humphrey on the show. Their Gossip Girl characters also date throughout
Season One. Both the real-life actors and their characters they played on screen later split up. With
her dazzling good looks, natural acting talent, and devoted backing from devoted Gossip Girl fans, Lively seemed to be on the verge of breaking out as a top-flight movie star. In a January 2010 profile,
Esquire called Lively “the most promising and interesting and talented young actress of the year.” She
displayed a grittier side in her role as a young mother in Ben Affleck’s crime thriller The Town that
same year. Both the film and Lively’s performance drew widespread critical acclaim.
The following year, Lively co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in the film Green Lantern, a big screen take
on the classic comic book series. While the movie proved to be a critical and commercial
disappointment, the on-screen pairing of Lively and Reynolds translated into a real-life romance.
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