Actress Blake Lively, best known for her role as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, is moving her life and her career in a new direction. The director of her new movie, The Age of Adaline, believes Blake is working on being taken seriously as an actress rather than a fashion icon. Navigating the waters of marriage and parenthood, Blake Lively has also changed the direction her life is taking. Last but not least, Blake also runs her own lifestyle site called Preserve, which allows her to fuel her creative side.
After Gossip Girl ended in 2012, Lively took time off from acting. That same year, she married actor Ryan Reynolds, and the pair had their first baby together, a daughter, in December of 2014.
Lively says of her time off, “I was just tired. You work 10 months a year, 16-18 hour days. I took the time off for practical reasons.”
When Blake ultimately chose to read the script for The Age of Adaline, she knew it was the film for her. “I don’t believe magic exists much in films these days unless it’s a superhero movie or it has wands. Magic in a quiet film is very rare,” Lively says.
“Blake is aware that it’s not gonna be one movie that necessarily reinvents her from the success of Gossip Girl. I think she knows it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and she’s chipping away at it little by little. She’s a serious actress who’s not just consumed with being a fashion icon–even if she is 5-foot-10 and looks like she was genetically made in a DNA lab.”
In the film, Blake plays the title character who stops aging at 29-years-old after an unusual car crash. When asked about aging, Lively answers she believes society has influenced people to worry more about the way they’ll look.
“I think people worry about mortality but aging is something society puts on you. It’s more of an aesthetic thing. I don’t think people sit at home and think, ‘Oh, I’m going to age slightly.’ When you are worried about a crease at your eye or your hand looks a little older, it’s because it’s instinctively related to mortality.”
Motherhood seems to be busy yet happy time for Blake and her husband, and she admits it’s also brought its challenges.
“Having a baby is just living in the constant unexpected. You never know when you’re gonna get crapped on or when you’re gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics. It might be like living with a drug addict. But you have a baby and you think, ‘I can’t imagine ever not having a baby,’ because they grow up so quickly. I’d be an 80-year-old woman with a baby if I could.”
The Age of Adaline could just be the film that gets Blake Lively noticed as a serious actress and help her move forward from her role on Gossip Girl and that of a fashion icon.
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