While Blake Lively burst onto our screens as the enviable Serena van der Woodsen, the American actress has surpassed Hollywood to become a global icon recognised by her blonde tresses and signature style. The 31-year-old star has been acting for over a decade, starring in her first film at the age of 10.
But, despite becoming a global powerhouse, Lively has been known to keep her private life, well private. "My anonymity is something I treasure,” she told People in 2010. “Wanting to be an actor and wanting to be famous are different.” Since then, the actress has wed fellow actor and Green Lantern co-star Ryan Reynolds, welcomed two beautiful daughters and received critical acclaim in films such as The Shallows and A Simple Favour.
Below, everything you need to know about Blake Lively.
Where Did Blake Lively Grow Up?
Lively was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California on August 25, 1987. Blake was born as Blake Ellender Brown to mother Elaine, who worked as a talent scout, and father Ernie Lively, who was an actor. She was named after her grandmother's brother. She attended Burbank High School, where she was a senior class president, a cheerleader and a member of the championship choir.
Does Blake Lively Have Any Siblings?
Blake as an older brother, Eric Lively, two half-sisters, Lori Lively and Robyn Lively, and a half-brother Jason Lively. Her half-siblings are from her mother's previous marriage.
How Tall Is Blake Lively?
Blake Lively is 1.78 m.
Who Is Blake Lively's Husband?
Blake has been married to actor Ryan Reynolds since 2012 at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The couple met while filming Green Lantern.
Does Blake Lively Have Children?
Blake and her husband Ryan share two children - daughters James, 4, and Inez, 2.
What TV Shows Has Blake Lively Appeared On?
Blake has only appeared on a television series as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl.
What Movies Has Blake Lively Appeared In?
She began her acting career at age 10 when she appeared in the 1998 film Sandman, which was directed by Lively's father. She describes her role as a "bit part". She later went on to appear in The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants in High School, filming her scenes between junior and senior year. Blake has appeared in films Green Lantern, The Age of Adaline, The Shallows, Accepted and New York, I Love You.
Who Has Blake Lively Dated?
Before meeting now-husband Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively dated Simon Says co-star Kelly Blatz. According to Blake, the two were childhood friends and she always had a crush on him, but it wasn't until filming that he "came around" to the idea of dating.
Back in 2007, Blake began dating her Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley (aka Lonely Boy). The two ended up dating for three years and ended things in 2010. The couple were reported to have ended things amicably, with cast and crew not finding out they had parted ways until much later.
Following her romance with Penn, Blake moved on to Ryan Gosling. The couple were first spotted at Disney land where they were snapped strolling through the park eating ice-cream. Things died down and they called it quits.
In 2011, Blake was linked to Leonardo DiCaprio after they spent the Summer in Cannes together. Their summer love died down and the two split the same year.
What Is Blake Lively's Net Worth?
Blake is reported to have an estimated net worth of $22 million (AUD), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Does Blake Lively Have Instagram?
The blonde beauty has made a name for herself for hilariously 'roasting' husband Ryan Reynolds on Instagram. The two regularly engage in flirty and tongue-in-cheek banter on the platform. She boasts 24.3 million followers, and she often shares a rare glimpse inside her personal life.
What are Blake Lively's Best Red Carpet Looks And Hairstyles?
Blake has become known for her signature blonde, beachy waves, that characterised her Gossip Girl character Serena van der Woodsen and signature style (Fun fact: She still doesn't have a stylist!). Since becoming a red carpet regular, Blake regularly experiments with different hairstyles, from sleek buns to braids, and isn't afraid to put new trends to the test.
Below, some of Blake's best red carpet moments and hairstyles.
Who Does Blake Lively Consider Her Idol?
Lively has previously called Martha Stewart her 'idol' and said that the chef acted as a fairy godmother during her wedding to Reynolds in 2012.
Lively has called Martha Stewart her “idol,” and said that the mother of all good-things acted as fairy godmother during her wedding to Reynolds in 2012. “Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn’t know what to do, so we called Martha! She said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll handle it'," she told Vogue US. "She sent her team down to save us, and then she called her friends who have a home in South Carolina and set us up at the most amazing getaway. This is the day of our wedding!”
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