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Blake Lively was named Breakthrough Performer of the Year at CinemaCon this year. Lively most recently starred alongside Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Ben Affleck, in “The Town,” also directed by Affleck. She will next be seen in “Hick,” opposite Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis, set for release next year, and will soon start production on Oliver Stone’s new film, “Savages.”
She first gained the attention of critics and audiences with her first starring role, in the 2005 hit “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” for which she earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. In 2008, she reprised her role in the sequel, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.”
Lively’s additional film credits include the comedy “Accepted,” with Justin Long and Jonah Hill; the independent feature “Elvis & Annabelle,” for which she won the Newport Film Festival Award for Breakout Performance; and the indie drama “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” in which she starred with Keanu Reeves, Robin Wright Penn, Julianne Moore and Alan Arkin for writer/director Rebecca Miller;
On the small screen, Lively is best known for her starring role on the popular CW series “Gossip Girl,” which entered its fifth season this fall.
All About Blake Lively
Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively, and her half-siblings are actors Lori Lively, Robyn Lively and Jason Lively. She followed her parents’ and siblings’ steps. Her first role was Trixie, the Tooth Fairy in the musical movie Sandman (1998), directed by her father. Her big break came along a few years later, though. Blake was up to finish high school when she got the co-starring role of Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005).
Blake was so perfect for the role of Bridget that, with no big references or even auditioning, she landed the role. According to her, all she did was walk in and leave a photo of herself. It was clear that she was the Bridget needed. After the film, Blake went back to high school for her senior year to have the life of a regular teenager — or a very busy regular teenager. She was class president, a cheerleader, and performed with the choir.