Girl of the Week: Blake Lively

Blake Christina Lively was born August 25, 1987. Blake is an American actress and she stars in the book-based TV series Gossip Girl as Serena van der Woodsen. She has also appeared in several films including Accepted and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as its sequel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

Lively was born in Los Angeles to actors Ernie and Elaine Lively. She was raised as a Southern Baptist. The youngest of five siblings, Lively has a brother, Eric, two half-sisters, Lori and Robin, and a half-brother, Jason. Both of her parents and all of her siblings are, or have been, in the entertainment industry. “My mom and dad always taught acting, so instead of getting me babysitters, they would just bring me to class,” Lively recalls.

As a child, Lively was homeschooled. Lively attended Burbank High School in Burbank where she participated in Burbank High School’s show choir, In Sync, and was a cheerleader. Lively stated in an interview for the August 2008 Seventeen that she attended 13 schools. She wanted to attend Stanford University. Lively was not at all interested in acting but during the summer between her junior and senior year, her brother, Eric, made his agent send her out on a few auditions. Of the two auditions, she got the role of Bridget for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Lively reportedly had a nose job after filming 2006’s Accepted. In January 2008, OK! caught up with Lively at Wednesday night’s Chanel Fine Jewelry’s Night of Diamonds held at The Plaza in NYC, and asked her about the rumor. “I don’t know,” Lively told OK! “It’s the way you address any rumor. People want to talk. They want to create negative things about you and your life, make up things. You can’t look at it. You can’t let them affect you.”

Blake Lively dated actor Kelly Blatz from 2004 to 2007; the two had been friends since childhood. In late 2007, rumors circulated that Lively was dating her Gossip Girl co-star and former childhood classmate Penn Badgley. In May 2008, People magazine published photos of the two kissing while on vacation in Mexico. Lively and Badgley have since become more open about their relationship, which has made it a favorite topic of the tabloids. They have been dating since December 2007. Lively was placed #33 on the Maxim Hot 100 List in 2009.

Secret Wish: She is just breath taking…perhaps she can give us mouth to mouth resuscitation.