Blake Lively has stormed into our lives with her character Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. The blonde sat down with Marie Claire to talk about the show, her pets, her favorite Spice Girl and what makes her happiest in the Happy issue of the magazine. Here's a few extracts from her interview:
- On Gossip Girl: Just the fact that it’s airing anywhere else is unbelievable. It feels like everybody’s playing a big hoax on us.
- On her private life: I was raised in a wonderful, close family. I was never a wild child so, luckily, I don’t feel the desire to go out and go crazy.
- On her boyfriend Penn Badgley: I think it’s pretty out in the open. I don’t like to talk about it because we put so much of ourselves out there all the time; there are very few things that we get to keep private. You know, you see these people who fall off the edge and it seems they have given the media all of themselves. It is hard that people don’t just let you do your job for them and entertain, and then carry on your own life.
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- On only kissing three boys in her life: How can that be? I don’t know. I didn’t get around too much. Like I said, I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 17. I grew up in a Southern Baptist family. It was more my grandparents. My mother is a Christian but it was just like she… It wasn’t like they went to church all the time and were really strict but, you know, my mom was very much a good girl and I was raised in a way that I didn’t… Not that it would be bad to have a boyfriend. I was really shy at school, too. With boys. I mean, I was really outgoing but there were boys that I would find out later had a crush on me but I was too shy to talk to them. Whatever. I was just being shy.
- On her dog, Penny: She’s my constant companion. I’ve had big dogs my whole life but it’s just nice to have another heartbeat to take care of. I don’t talk to my dog. I’ll have a dog whisperer talk to my dog for me! You know, dogs are really remarkable and they know when you need them. They’ll come to you when they think you’re sad, in need of love.
- On Mickey Rourke and his dogs: I thought it was so incredible when Mickey Rourke thanked his dogs at the Golden Globes. Everybody started laughing and he said, ‘No, I’m serious.’ He said that when he was at the lowest point in his life, they were there when no-one else was. All the people who are patting him on the back now that he’s risen again weren’t there, but his dogs were, so he thanked them. I just thought it was wonderful.I don’t think it’s worrying. His dogs clearly weren’t listening but people think their loved ones that have passed away do [listen]. Who knows what dogs understand. Who knows what people that have passed away understand. Dogs obviously have a strong intuition and they’re able to feel emotions, love and sadness. I don’t think that can be denied.
- On being class president and her campaign slogan: It was Got Blake. Like the Got Milk campaign. I was gonna change my entire school but they pretty much tell you at the end that all you get to do is plan where the prom’s going to be held.
- On the Spice Girls. Oh, Baby Spice, of course. That’s not shallow! That’s the best question you’ve asked me. I even had her shoes. Her six-inch platform tennis shoes.... but they’re size five and a half and I’m a ten so…
To read the rest of Blake's interview, just pick up the April issue of Marie Claire UK — the Happy Issue!