Blake Ellender Lively (born Brown) is an American actress. Born in Los Angeles, Lively is the daughter of actor Ernie Lively, and made her professional debut in his directorial project Sandman (1998). She starred as Bridget Vreeland in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) alongside its sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) to commercial success. Lively appeared opposite Justin Long in comedy Accepted (2006). She gained recognition for portraying Serena van der Woodsen in the CW drama television series Gossip Girl (2007–2012). She appeared in romantic-comedies New York, I Love You (2008) and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009). Lively starred opposite Ben Affleck in crime thriller The Town (2010) and appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern (2011). She performed alongside an ensemble cast in Savages (2012) and garnered acclaim for portraying the titular character in romantic fantasy The Age of Adaline (2015). Lively appeared in survivor horror film The Shallows (2016) and psychological drama All I See Is You (2016). She starred opposite Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor (2018), which became a box office success. Lively appeared in The Rhythm Section (2020), for which she received critical praise.