Blake Lively

BATD ON Jan 30, 2009 AT 4:15 pm

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Blake Lively is among a new generation of Hollywood actresses that has taken the world by storm.  With her bright smile and girl next door personality, she has become a successful actress in the film and television world and a role model for young women.

Some would say Lively has been destined to join the acting world.  Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Lively was surrounded by showbiz.  It was her own father, Ernie Lively, who directed Lively in her first film role in 1998’s musical “Sandman” in which she played the tooth fairy Trixie

Blake with Gossip Girl co star Leighton Meester

Blake with Gossip Girl co star Leighton Meester

Lively went on to live a normal teenage life until her big break in 2005’s “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”  The film, based on a novel by Ann Brashares, follows four best friends who separate for a summer, but stay connected through a pair of jeans that they share.  Portraying the gorgeous and athletic Bridget, Lively gained recognition in the film world as a talented and wholesome young actor.  She has since completed the sequel of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and other various film roles including Monica in “Accepted” (2006), Jenny in “Simon Says” (2006), and Anabelle in “Elvis and Anabelle” (2007).

Blake with boyfriend Penn Badgley

Blake with boyfriend Penn Badgley

Besides her work in film, most would agree that Lively has gained huge success with her role on the hit TV series, “Gossip Girl”.  Since premiering in the U.S. in the fall of 2007, “Gossip Girl” has attracted a vast fan base and has continued to hold the attention of youths across the world.  Lively plays the beautiful Serena van der Woodsen, who struggles to balance her obligations as a New York City socialite with her need to stay level headed among a network of rumor spreading private schools in the Upper East Side.  Lively’s “Gossip Girl” love life has followed her offscreen where she has been publicly dating costar, Penn Badgley, since May 2008.  The two have been seen canoodling every where from New York City’s Soho to Mexico’s Mayan Riviera.

Next up, Lively can be seen in the 2009 drama, “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” where she plays the teenage Pippa Lee.  This film, written by Rebecca Miller and produced by Brad Pitt, has an all-star cast including Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Julianne Moore.  In the meantime, be sure to catch Lively in the second season of “Gossip Girl”, where you will be enthralled by the scandals of New York City’s elite.

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