Blake Lively and Penn Badgley: Just Friends

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley: Just Friends
Badgley and Lively filming Gossip Girl
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01/17/2008 AT 01:00 PM EST

They may be hot-and-heavy on their hit show, but Blake Lively swears there's no off-screen romance with her Gossip Girl castmate Penn Badgley.

Now that the show's a hit, "Everybody always tries to dig into your personal life or create things that aren't there. . . . It's silly," Lively told PEOPLE at the Chanel Fine Jewelry event on Wednesday night. "Any male friend is obviously a 'romance alert' [for the media], but I've always been friends with boys my whole life. "

(Penn also attended the event, arriving just after Lively.)

So how does she deal with the tabloid reports?

"[I] just try not to listen to what people say," the 20-year-old explained. "At least for me it's important – because I'm so close with my family and my friends – to keep core people around me that know the truth about everything."

The same goes for the rumor that the blonde beauty had plastic surgery shortly before Gossip Girl began.

"People just wanna talk," she sighed. "They wanna create negative things about you and your life and make up things. You can't let them affect you!"

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