"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.
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."