Blake Lively: Snapshot

Name
Blake Lively
Date of Birth
August 25, 1987
Birth Place
Tarzana, Calif.
When Blake Lively auditioned for 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, her resume boasted one credit: playing the tooth fairy in one of her father's films. But the unknown with an acting pedigree (her father is an actor-director and her mother is an acting coach) landed the role of leggy, soccer-loving Bridget.

Since then, the classic California blonde hit it big as Upper East Side fashionista Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, where she met real-life love Penn Badgley. Her leggy frame, blonde locks and signature style attracted fashion's finest, earning her two coveted covers of Vogue and a Chanel spokesperson deal.

Lively, who romanced Leonardo DiCaprio and now-husband Ryan Reynolds, has also taken her chops to the big screen with roles in Ben Affleck's The Town and the superhero blockbuster Green Lantern.

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Blake Lively: Five Fun Facts

  1. Blake Lively revealed to In Style that her Gossip Girl character Serena van der Woodsen wore a $12,000 John Galliano jacket and a $10,000 Chanel coat for her first day of school.
  2. Blake Lively was the only actual teenager in 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn.
  3. If it weren't for Blake Lively's actor brothers, Eric and Jason, she wouldn't have taken the initiative to be an actress. "They set me up on some auditions and after a very short amount of time I got The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," she told the Edmonton Journal.
  4. At L.A.'s Burbank High School, Blake Lively was senior class president, a cheerleader, and a member of the championship choir.
  5. Blake Lively's father Ernie played her onscreen dad in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Of her showbiz family she told the Boston Herald, "I think it's great that they're all in it. I grew up on sets. They're very helpful and understanding."

Blake Lively: Biography

2004

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April

Sharing the Pants

While a student at Burbank High School in L.A., Lively gets her first professional acting gig when she is cast in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The film, which costars Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn, is based on Ann Brashares' best-selling teen novels and centers around lifelong friends who spend their first summer apart, but connect by shipping a pair of jeans to each other.

2007

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Putting the Pants Back On

After the first film took in nearly $40 million at the box office, Lively, Bledel, Ferrera and Tamblyn (right) reprise their roles in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sequel. The film, slated for August 2008, will be based on the final book of the series, Forever in Blue.

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September 19

Gossip Girl

Lively, 20, plays Serena van der Woodsen, an "it" girl trying to change her wild ways, in Gossip Girl, The CW's adaptation of the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar. The teen drama, developed by executive producer Josh Schwartz of The O.C., follows a group of rich New York City Upper East Siders and costars Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Abaca

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Warner Bros; Jamie McCarthy/WireImage; CBS

Edited by Julia Wang

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