Blake Ellender Lively (née Brown) is an American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades, including three Teen Choice Awards, a People's Choice Award, and nominations for two Critics' Choice Awards and an Academy of Country Music Award. Lively, the daughter of actor Ernie Lively, made her professional debut in her father's directorial project Sandman (1998). She starred as Bridget Vreeland to commercial success in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) as well as its sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008). She appeared opposite Justin Long in the comedy Accepted (2006). And she gained notability and widespread recognition for her portrayal of Serena van der Woodsen in the CW teen drama television series Gossip Girl (2007–2012). She has starred in rom coms including New York, I Love You (2008) and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009). Lively starred opposite Ben Affleck in the crime thriller The Town (2010) and appeared with her future husband Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern (2011). She was in the ensemble cast of Savages (2012), and she garnered acclaim for portraying the titular character in romantic fantasy The Age of Adaline (2015). She appeared in the survivor horror film The Shallows (2016) and the psychological drama All I See Is You (2016). She starred in the box-office hit A Simple Favor (2018) opposite Anna Kendrick and in The Rhythm Section (2020), where she received critical praise. In 2021, she made her directorial debut with the music video for Taylor Swift's I Bet You Think About Me, receiving positive critical reception and a nomination for an Academy of Country Music Award.
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