“I’m a klutz. Every dance I’ve ever gone to, my date waits at the bottom of my stairs as I walk down. I have not gone to one dance that I have not fallen down the stairs.” Blake Lively
Rising actress Blake Lively drew attention as Bridget in the teen movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), in which she took home a Teen Choice nomination. Lively, who was born to actor Ernie Lively and Elaine Lively, received full support from her family to pursue an acting career.
Landing her first screen role in Sandman (1998), the actress then won the role in the Sisterhood, although at the audition, she gave nothing to the interviewer but her photo.
Lively was recently seen in the role of Monica in Steve Pink’s teen comedy Accepted (2006), opposite actor Justin Long. Walking further down the Hollywood path, she will take the titular role of a beauty queen in the forthcoming comedy Elvis and Anabelle (2006).
Family of Actors
Childhood and Family:
Blake Lively was born on August 25, 1987, in California to actor/director Ernie Lively (born on January 29, 1947) and Elaine Lively (talent manager). She has four siblings: brothers Jason Lively (born on March 12, 1968) and Eric Lively (born on July 31, 1981), and sisters Robyn Lively (born on February 7, 1972) and Lori Lively. All of her siblings are also actors.
Thanks to her parents’ support, Blake landed a role in a motion picture when she was only 10. In 2005, she graduated from Burbank High School in California, where she was a class president, a member of the school’s cheerleader team and a member of the school’s National Championship Show Choir group.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Ten-year old Blake Lively was introduced to the studio spotlight when she appeared as Trixie/Tooth Fairy in her father’s musical family movie Sandman (1998). She then focused on her studies before hitting the big screen again with the role of Bridget, one of four girlfriends passing around a pair of jeans in order to stay in touch with each other, in the teen adventure movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005). Her fine performance in the movie brought in a Teen Choice nomination for Choice Movie Breakout Female Performance. Based on Ann Brashares’ novel, the Ken Kwapis-directed movie also starred Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera.
Lively’s overnight success soon brought her guest appearances in TV shows, such as the talk show “The View” (2005) and “Today” (2005). A year later, the newcomer joined director/screenwriter William Dear in his horror thriller Simon Says (2006), playing the supporting role of Jenny. In the film, her father and two sisters also had a role.
Lively recently adorned the screen by playing Monica, the love interest of Justin Long’s character, in the teen comedy Accepted (2006), for director Steve Pink. The film centered on Bartleby Gaines (played by Justin Long) tricking his parents into creating a fictitious university.
The rising actress will also be seen in the upcoming Will Geiger’s dark comedy Elvis and Anabelle (2006), in which she will be cast in the starring role of the titular beauty queen. The project will also feature the performances of actors Max Minghella and Mary Steenburgen.