Mar 26, 2014 07:14 PM EDT
Blake Lively is a beautiful and talented actress notable for her role as Serena van der Woodsen on the CW network's teen drama Gossip Girl.Here are 50 interesting things about Blake.
Her full name is Blake Christina Lively.
She was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California on August 25, 1987.
She is the daughter of actor Ernie Lively and talent manager Elaine Lively, younger sister of Eric Lively, and younger half-sister of Lori Lively, Jason Lively and Robyn Lively.
. She was named after her grandmother's brother.
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.
As a child, she was home-schooled.
She attended Burbank High School and originally wanted to attend Stanford University.
Blake was very popular at high school. She was class president, cheerleader and performed at the national championship show choir.
During her childhood, her parents took her with them to acting classes that they taught because they did not want to leave her with a babysitter. Lively said that watching her parents teach acting classes helped her learn the "drills" of acting and gain confidence as she got older.
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.
When auditioning for the Sisterhood, she walked in and gave them nothing but her photo, since she had never done anything before that, they all thought she was joking but when she left the room, they knew that she was definitely the Bridget they wanted.
Lively's performance in the film earned her a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for "Choice Movie Breakout - Female.
The movie was not only her first acting gig, but it was also her first job.
Lively was teased by the cast and crew while on the set of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 because she was accident prone. Her incidents included crashing a moped on the first day of shooting as well as later stepping on a sea urchin.
Her first romantic relationship with actor Kelly Blatz who also is her childhood friend. They both dated for three years between 2004 to 2007.
She has known Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley ever since she was 11 years old.
Her sister-in-law is Bart Johnson .
After finishing high school and getting diploma, she immediately returned to acting, starring opposite Justin Long and Jonah Hill in the 2006 comedy Accepted.
She gained international popularity after landing a leading role in the CW's Gossip Girl as Serena van der Woodsen, a stylish blonde and (somewhat) reformed party girl.
The show not only became known for its beautiful cast, but also for its trendy fashion. Any outfit Lively wears as Serena in an episode of Gossip Girl sells out of stores the day after the episode airs.
In 2007 Blake Lively began dating Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley, who plays Dan Humphrey on the show. The couple had an on-off relationship.
She said she found filming racy scenes on Gossip Girl as an uncomfortable experience. "It's the most awkward thing! There's a room of 40 people watching you, they're telling you exactly how to move your head, and it's completely silent. It's awful!"
Lively's salary per episode of Gossip Girl was $60,000.
During the 2008 United States presidential election, Lively expressed her support for Barack Obama. Lively and Penn Badgley appeared in a pro-Obama commercial, as part of MoveOn.org's Youth Vote program.
Ryan Gosling and Blake were rumored to be dating together in October, 2010 when they were seen in Disneyland sparkling romance rumors. They claim to be just good friends.
Blake was later linked with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Lively appeared in the music video for The Lonely Island's "I Just Had Sex" together with Jessica Alba in December 2010.
Lively was voted no. 4 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women list in 2010.
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.
Some of her favorite musicians include Ray Charles, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
She was ranked no. 1 in Askmen's Most Desirable Women of 2011.
In 2012, she starred in Oliver Stone's Savages alongside Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta. Lively replaced Jennifer Lawrence as Ophelia who dropped out to do Hunger Games.
She met Ryan Reynolds while filming Green Lantern and the two became inseparable. Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson at the time.
Blake and Ryan purchased a home together in Bedford, New York, in April 2012. Its a duplex with all the modern amenities and Blake was highly interested in buying this property as she was seen several times inspecting it with Ryan first and later without him. The house costs $7.5 million.
They quietly tied the knot on September 9, 2012, near Charleston, South Carolina with 70 guests.
Blake is good friends with Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and they performed at Blake's wedding reception.
In October 2013, Lively was named the new face of L'Oreal, marking her first major makeup campaign.
She loves to get creative with food and describes herself as a "foodie and cook".
Some of her homemaking goddesses include Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson. She even baked a cake in 2008 during an episode of The Martha Stewart Show.
In order to pursue her passion for cooking and baking, she attended a tailor made workshop at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2010.
In 2011, Lively created a S'mores cupcake to be sold at Sprinkles bakeries.
Lively's wedding reception was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings; food photography was the focal point of the picture spread.
Her favorite cities to live in are New York City and Paris.
Lively has a Maltipoo named Penny.
She is 5 ft 10 in or 1.78 meters tall.
Blake is known for her flawless style and she says some of her style icons include Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss.
She loves going to Disneyland land
Blake once said that she doesn't like wearing heels because she finds herself tall enough.
Blake's favorite movies include Waiting for Guffman, Wizard of Oz, Moulin Rouge! and Romeo and Juliet.
Her favorite color is pink and she loves all shades of it!
Blake's net worth is $8 million.