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Actress and Entrepreneur Blake Lively

Full Name: Blake Ellender Lively
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Birthplace: Tarzana, Los Angeles, California
Height: 5‘ 10"
Spouse: Ryan Reynolds (m. 2012-present)
Children: 3 daughters
Years Active: 1998–present
Net Worth: $30 million (estimated)
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Charismatic actress and model Blake Lively first stole our hearts back in 2005 starring in the coming-of-age classic The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Born on August 25, 1987 in Los Angeles, Blake was bit by the acting bug early as the daughter of actor Ernie Lively. She got her start playing Bridget, the free-spirited blonde surfer in Sisterhood. The film was a sleeper hit and showcased Blake‘s talent, launching her to stardom.

But Blake Lively became a full-fledged household name with her breakout role as the infamous Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl. The opportunity to work with such incredible actors so early in my career was a godsend," Lively said of her Gossip Girl castmates like Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley. For six seasons, she captivated audiences with Serena‘s signature style and dramatic love life. To this day, Serena remains one of her most beloved characters.

Beyond her acting talents, Lively is admired for her classic beauty, sensational style, and down-to-earth personality. She lights up any red carpet she graces and has become a muse for designers like Gucci and Chanel. “Blake is the true epitome of American style and glamour,” said designer Michael Kors.

She reaches out to fans through her lifestyle brand Preserve and shares adorable family moments on Instagram with husband Ryan Reynolds and their three daughters. But it‘s her impressive body of work across film and TV that has cemented her as a Hollywood darling. Let‘s look back on her most memorable roles and remarkable talents that have dazzled us over the years.

Blake Lively Movie & TV Highlights

1998 – Sandman – Lively‘s feature film debut at age 10 in a movie directed by her father Ernie Lively. She played Claire the tomboy.

2005 – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Breakthrough role as Bridget in the relatable coming-of-age film based on the bestselling YA novel. Earned Lively critical praise and recognition.

2007-2012 – Gossip Girl – Star-making turn as Upper East Side socialite Serena van der Woodsen in The CW‘s pop culture phenomenon.

2009 – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – Portrayed the younger version of Robin Wright‘s Pippa in the ensemble indie film. Allowed Lively to showcase acting depth.

2010 – The Town – Delivered a gritty and intense performance as a drug-addicted single mom in the critically acclaimed crime thriller.

2011 – Green Lantern – Displayed her blockbuster superhero film chops opposite real-life beau Ryan Reynolds as Carol Ferris.

2015 – The Age of Adaline – Career-defining role as Adaline, a woman rendered ageless after an accident. Her emotional performance earned rave reviews.

2016 – The Shallows – Carried the survival thriller with her powerful performance as a surfer trapped by a shark. Did extensive stunt work.

2018 – A Simple Favor – Showcased comedic and sinister talents as a glamorous vlogger with dark secrets. Her most versatile role yet.

Why We Love Blake Lively

Beyond her obvious beauty and talent, here are some reasons Blake Lively has won over so many fans:

  • Killer fashion sense – Always stylish on and off the red carpet
  • Hilarious personality – Funny, down-to-earth, and humble despite A-list status
  • MMA training – Did intense workout regimen for The Town and performed own stunts
  • Foodie – Loves baking and cooking, even published a cookbook in 2015
  • Director‘s muse – Inspires top directors like Woody Allen, Bart Freundlich, Paul Feig
  • Philanthropist – Passionately supports child welfare and women‘s health causes
  • Social butterfly – Seems to be BFFs with every celeb from Taylor Swift to Gigi Hadid!

5 Interesting Facts About Blake Lively

  1. Turned down the lead role in 127 Hours to film Green Lantern – Imagine that alternate reality!
  2. Fluent in French after studying abroad in France while filming Sisterhood 2.
  3. Beat out 400 other actresses for the part of Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl.
  4. Wore contacts that turned her blue eyes brown while filming The Town to transform her look.
  5. Banned phones and social media on set to prevent leaks or spoilers while filming A Simple Favor.

The Future Looks Bright

At just 36, Blake Lively still has so much ahead of her. She has several major projects in the works that have fans excited. Up next is the thriller Dark Shadows reuniting her with A Simple Favor director Paul Feig in 2024. She also stars in and produces the action comedy Lady Killer.

With her stunning beauty, standout style, infectious charm, and undeniable talents, Blake Lively has cemented herself as a leading lady with true staying power. She continues to push herself as an actress while balancing life as a doting mother. I have no doubt she will continue wowing us with compelling performances for years to come. Lively is a true Hollywood gem!