Today is Blake Lively’s 25th birthday (August 25)! The Gossip Girl actress is currently filming the last season of the CW show as Serena van der Woodsen. Being on ‘Gossip’ has created opportunities for her – something she has acknowledged in interviews.
In one for Bullett Media she said, “It’ll be bittersweet when it’s over because it gave me all of this. I think the best way to describe it is like someone who really enjoyed high school, and is like, ‘I’m a senior and I can’t wait for the next thing!”
Lively grew up in Los Angeles with a family of actors. Ben Affleck interviewed her for Interview magazine in which she she explained how normal it was for her to grow up in that environment.
She said, “I have a big, close, loving family, and they’re all from the South, but because so many of them are actors, everyone was very normal about it. It was just like any job to them. They always came home and talked about it around the dinner table the way any family talks about work, but it wasn’t anything special. I think for a lot of people, acting becomes a lifestyle, especially when you’re living in Los Angeles.
“But despite the fact that my family moved to L.A. and I grew up there-in Burbank, which is like a small town inside of a big city-I don’t feel like I ever had any sort of Hollywood upbringing. So I don’t remember there ever being a downside. There were only upsides. I got to travel and visit my family on set. I got to eat craft service. I actually think that was the reason I got into acting: the free food. I literally remember on my first job being like, “Yes! I get to have craft service every day!”