“Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively is gracing the cover of this month’s Marie Claire — she talks about being Southern in Los Angeles, early acting classes and growing up at Disneyland.
Do you think of yourself as Southern, even though you grew up in L.A.? I think there’s a Southern girl lurking in you.
I grew up in L.A., but I was the only one in my family born there. I
have a tight-knit Southern family, so whenever I tell people I’m from
L.A., they say, “Yeah, but you don’t count,” I guess because of the
Southern values I was raised with, and the way I eat–the more sugary
and cheesy and fried, the better.
Did you ever study acting?
Well, my parents taught an acting class when I was growing up, and
because I never had a babysitter, I would end up at them. When I got
older, I knew all the drills so well that I felt fine getting up on
stage. Without them, I’d still probably be hiding under my mom’s skirt.
What’s your first memory?
Oh, geez, I
remember I was about 3 years old, and I woke up–we were staying at
Disneyland. I was in a little pink silk bed, and there were Mickey and
Donald and Goofy looking down at me. It was the most exciting place in
the world. I kind of feel like I grew up at Disneyland.
What do you mean, you grew up in Disneyland?
My mom would take me there twice a week. I did well in school, so I
guess my mom just wanted to have some extra time to bond with me.
Sometimes, when I was older, she’d keep me out till 1 in the morning.
Awww, of course Blake Lively grew up at Disneyland. She’s like Princess Aurora come to life!