Blake Lively (born August 25, 1987) is an American actress and model. She currently stars as Serena van der Woodsen in the book-based TV drama Gossip Girl. She has also starred in movies, including Accepted, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (as well as its sequel), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and Ben Affleck’s The Town.
Lively dated actor Kelly Blatz from 2004 to 2007; the two had been friends since childhood. In late 2007, rumors circulated that Lively was dating her Gossip Girl co-star and former childhood classmate Penn Badgley. In May 2008, after People magazine published photos of the two kissing while on vacation in Mexico, the couple became more open about their relationship. Lively and Badgley ended their three-year relationship in mid-September 2010, according to a representative for the pair.
During the 2008 United States presidential election Lively expressed her support for Barack Obama over John McCain. Lively and Badgley appeared in a pro-Obama commercial, as part of MoveOn.org’s Youth Vote program. The commercial, directed by Doug Liman, aired during Gossip Girl on CW, MTV and Comedy Central.
In 2011, she was featured in the annual TIME magazines 100 influential people.