Blake Lively Success Story
For someone who did not have much interest in acting and had to be literally pushed into it, Blake Lively has gained almost instantaneous success. It just shows that one never knows one’s potential unless they are ready to take the plunge. Lively was born to Ernie, a director and an actor, and Elaine, a talent scout. Despite being born into a family of show business, Lively had plans of pursuing education at Stanford University instead of wanting to enter the world of acting. She is the youngest of five siblings, and they are all actors.Lively’s parents lived in Georgia before they moved to Los Angeles to carve out a career in show business. The family, however, retained their Southern roots and Lively was raised with Southern values.
In what was obviously a bad decision, Lively began her first grade at the tender age of three. Her older brother was afraid of attending school alone. So, her mother passed Lively off as a 6-year-old child (because she was abnormally tall for her age). When the two children actually had to do school work, Lively was not able to keep up and kept dozing off. Her teachers thought that she needed to go to a school for mentally-disabled children!By the time Lively completed grade school, she had changed thirteen schools. At Burbank High School, where she finally stay put, she excelled in academics as well as extra-curricular activities. She was a member of the school choir, class president, and a cheerleader.
"The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence" - Blake Lively
Lively’s brothers and sisters pressured her to quit school and pursue acting, but she would have none of it. However, her elder brother Eric pushed Lively to begin auditioning for different roles. When, at age 17, Lively began to audition for roles, she found success quickly. In 2005, she landed a major role in the film The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants. Her performance in the film earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination for the category of Breakout Movie Star.
Lively went on to act in the movie Accepted (2006). But, she did go back to Burbank and completed her diploma in 2005. Such was her drive to get an education. In 2007, Lively grabbed the role for which she is now famous – that of Serena van der Woodsen in CW’s teenage drama series Gossip Girl. The TV show got Lively the 2008 Teen Choice Award for TV actress and TV Breakout Star. She also acted in a crime thriller, The Town. A role in Green Lantern saw Lively strike up a relationship with her male co-star, Ryan Reynolds. Although the movie was a disappointment, Lively and Reynolds became inseparable. They got married in 2012 and now have a baby girl, born in 2014.From an unwilling actor to a breakout movie star, Lively has come quite far!
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