Blake Lively Says She's Taking Fame in Stride

10/18/2007 at 02:05 PM EDT

Blake Lively Says She's Taking Fame in Stride
Blake Lively
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For Blake Lively's character on Gossip Girl, popularity comes with the territory. For the actress herself, it takes some getting used to.

"It is a crazy and completely insane business," Lively tells CosmoGIRL! in its November issue about her overnight celebrity. "I'll go to an event wearing some designer gown and tens of thousands of dollars in jewels that were lent to me for the night, and I'll walk around and meet people who I always thought were such a big deal."

Still, the 20-year-old actress, who plays Serena van der Woodsen on the CW teen drama, insists that she isn't overly starstruck.

"Stars really are like anyone else," she says. "At the end of the day, Brad Pitt poops – as handsome as he may be – and so does Angelina Jolie. I'm still baffled by how odd this job is."

As Lively tries to keep everything in perspective, she refuses to condemn other young actresses who have had difficulty in that regard.

Blake Lively Says She's Taking Fame in Stride| Blake Lively

"I think some people who bash on the girls in Hollywood who are struggling with addiction or going into rehab aren't being totally fair; it's not solely their fault," she says. "When you don't have someone to model yourself after, you're going to make mistakes. There's no one there to tell them what's right or wrong or who is a positive example."

Even as she gets used to the glitz of the business, Lively still remembers the goggle-eyed fan she used to be.

"As a kid, I had a huge crush on Leonardo DiCaprio and, oh my gosh, Justin Timberlake," she says. "They were the two I can really think of just being completely in love with."

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