Lively at the 2011 Time 100 gala
|Born||Blake Ellender Brown |
August 25, 1987 
Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence||Bedford, New York|
|Spouse(s)||Ryan Reynolds (m. 2012)|
Blake Ellender Lively (born Blake Ellender Brown; August 25, 1987) is an American actress and model, who starred as Serena van der Woodsen in the television teen drama series Gossip Girl. She has also appeared in movies including Accepted, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Town, Green Lantern, and Savages.
Following her 2012 marriage to actor Ryan Reynolds, Lively relocated from New York City to the nearby rural town of Bedford. Citing Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson as inspirations, Lively has filmed cookery demonstrations for Vogue's website, and has forged creative partnerships with Sprinkles bakeries and La Cornue ovens.
Early life[edit source | edit]
Blake Ellender Brown was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actors Elaine Lively (née McAlpin) and Ernie Lively (born Ernest W. Brown). She was raised as a Southern Baptist. She is the youngest of five children: she has an older brother, Eric, two half-sisters, Lori and Robyn, and a half-brother, Jason. Both of her parents and all of her siblings are, or have been, in the entertainment industry. During Lively's 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.
Lively was initially not particularly interested in acting. During the summer between her junior and senior years of high school, her brother Eric asked his agent to send her on a few auditions over a period of a few months. From these few auditions, she got the role of Bridget for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Lively filmed her scenes in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants between her junior and senior years at Burbank High School, where she was class president.
Career[edit source | edit]
Acting[edit source | edit]
Lively began her acting career at age 11, when she appeared in the 1998 film Sandman, which was directed by Lively's father. Lively describes her role in the film as having been a "bit part". Lively appeared in the film adaptation of the novel of the same name, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, in 2005 as Bridget, one of the four female leads. Lively's performance in the film earned her a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for "Choice Movie Breakout – Female.
In 2006, she co-starred with Justin Long in Accepted, and Lively had minor roles in the horror film, Simon Says. While Accepted was not well received by critics, Lively's performance was, earning her a 'Breakthrough Award' from Hollywood Life. In 2007, Lively played one of the two title characters in Elvis and Anabelle as Anabelle, a bulimic girl who hoped to win a beauty pageant. Lively said of getting into character for the role that she had 'shed serious weight' for her height. Lively stated that that process was difficult for her because food is “the No. 1 love of my life.” MovieLine.com praised her performance in the film and credited it as having been her "breakthrough role".
Lively was cast in the CW's series Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, which premiered in September 2007. She played Serena van der Woodsen in the teen drama until 2012 when the show ended. Her first magazine cover was the November 2007 issue of Cosmo Girl, where she discussed her time in high school and her career prior to Gossip Girl.
In 2008, Lively reprised her role in the sequel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Similar to the first film, Lively was positively received by critics. As of November 2009, the film had earned over $44 million at the box office. In 2009, Lively appeared as Gabrielle DiMarco, a minor role in the romantic comedy, New York, I Love You, a sequel to the 2006 film Paris, je t'aime. Despite positive reception from critics, the film had a poor box office performance.
One of Lively's most acclaimed roles to date is her supporting role playing the younger version of the title character in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009). Paul Byrnes, of the Brisbane Times, described Lively's performance in the film as being "sensational". In October 2009, Lively began filming her scenes for her role as Krista Coughlin, in the 2010 film The Town, based on Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. In the film, Lively's role has been described as "the sister of Jem and Doug's ex-girlfriend who has a 19-month old daughter, Shyne." The film, which also stars Ben Affleck, was released in the United States on September 17, 2010, to critical acclaim.
Lively played Carol Ferris, the female lead and love interest of Hal Jordan in the superhero film Green Lantern, which was released in June 2011. The film grossed a worldwide total of $219,851,172. but was considered as a summer flop as it "failed to perform to expectations" even though it grossed more than its budget. Lively appeared in the music video for The Lonely Island's "I Just Had Sex" together with Jessica Alba in December 2010.
In 2011, she was featured in the annual TIME magazine 100 influential people. Additionally, AskMen.com named her the most desirable woman of 2011  and People magazine named her one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age.
In 2012, she starred in Oliver Stone's Savages alongside Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta. HitFix film critic Drew McWeeny was positive of Lively's work which he described as "smart and sad precisely because she plays O as such a broken, needy little soul". Also in 2012, Lively was chosen as the face of the new Gucci fragrance titled Gucci Premiere. She appeared in a short film ad directed by Nicolas Winding Refn for the fragrance.
Celebrity homemaker[edit source | edit]
Lively describes herself as a "foodie and cook", and has been referred to by Salon as a "celebrity homemaker". Martha Stewart is Lively's "idol"; she is also a fan of Nigella Lawson's work. In 2008, Lively baked a cake with Stewart during an episode of The Martha Stewart Show. In 2009, Lively stated that she wasn't relying on her career as an actress; an interior decorating firm was a back-up plan because of her "fascination" with "colors and textures and layering things." In 2010, she attended a tailor-made workshop at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and has spoken of her desire to return to the cookery school for further instruction. Also in 2010, Lively spent an evening working as a pastry chef at the renowned Per Se in New York City. She has remarked that, when travelling, she always takes cookery classes to immerse herself in the local culture. In both 2010 and 2011, Lively spoke publicly of her desire to become a restauranteur. In 2011, the actress created a S'mores cupcake to be sold at Sprinkles bakeries.
In 2012, Lively's wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings; food photography was the focal point of the picture spread. In 2013, Lively appeared in Elle Decor to recount her experience of designing a custom La Cornue oven for her newly purchased Bedford home. Also in 2013, she filmed a cooking segment for Vogue's website, demonstrating how to make a brie pastry.
Advocacy[edit source | edit]
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. The commercial, directed by Doug Liman, aired during Gossip Girl on CW, MTV and Comedy Central. In 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci's "Chime for Change" campaign that aims to raise funds and awareness of women's issues in terms of education, health, and justice.
Personal life[edit source | edit]
Lively married actor Ryan Reynolds on September 9, 2012, at Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The couple first met while filming the movie Green Lantern in early 2010; Reynolds was then married to actress Scarlett Johansson. Reynolds filed for divorce in December 2010 and began dating Lively in October 2011. In June 2012, the couple purchased a cottage in Bedford, New York, for $2 million.
Filmography[edit source | edit]
|2005||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants||Bridget Vreeland|
|2007||Elvis and Anabelle||Anabelle Leigh|
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||Bridget Vreeland|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Gabrielle DiMarco|
|2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||Young Pippa Lee|
|2010||The Town||Krista Coughlin|
|2011||Green Lantern||Carol Ferris|
|2012||Savages||Ophelia "O" Sage|
|2007–2012||Gossip Girl||Serena van der Woodsen||Main cast|
|2008–2010||Saturday Night Live|| || |
Awards and nominations[edit source | edit]
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Breakout Female||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants||Nominated|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Female Hottie||Herself||Nominated|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Gossip Girl||Won|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Star-Female||Gossip Girl||Won|
|2008||Newport Beach Film Festival||Achievement Award-Breakout Performance||Elvis and Anabelle||Won|
|2009||Prism Awards||Performances in a Drama Episode||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2010||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2010||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The Town||Nominated|
|2010||National Board of Review||Best Ensemble Cast||The Town||Won|
|2010||San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||The Town||Nominated|
|2010||Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble||The Town||Won|
|2011||Elle Style Awards||Best TV Star||Herself||Won|
|2011||CinemaCon Awards||Breakthrough Performer Of The Year||Herself||Won|
|2011||ShoWest Convention||Breakthrough Performer Of The Year||Herself||Won|
|2011||People's Choice Award||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress Sci Fi/Fantasy||Green Lantern||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Gossip Girl||Won|
|2012||People's Choice Award||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Drama Actress||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
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