Blake Lively (born August 25, 1987) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Serena van der Woodsen in the book-based TV series Gossip Girl. She has also starred in movies such as Accepted and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, as well as its sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
Lively was born in Los Angeles to actors Ernie and Elaine Lively. She was raised as a Southern Baptist. The youngest of five siblings, Lively has a brother, Eric, two half-sisters, Lori and Robyn, and a half-brother, Jason. Both of her parents and all of her siblings are, or have been, in the entertainment industry. During Lively’s childhood, her parents would take her with them to acting classes that they taught because they didn’t want to leave her with a babysitter. Lively stated that watching her parents teach acting classes helped her learn the “drills” of acting and gain confidence as she got older. Blake stated that as a child, her mother would bring her to Disneyland twice a week as an opportunity “to have some extra time to bond;” Lively stated that due to all the time she spent there, she felt that she “grew up at Disneyland.”