Blake Lively Interviewed by Ben Affleck for Interview Magazine

Posted by PZ on August 26th, 2010

Actresses Blake Lively and Leighton Meester get to work on the set of Gossip Girl in upper Manhattan, New York on August 17, 2010.  Fame Pictures, Inc

Blake Lively was interviewed by Ben Affleck, who recently directed and stars with Blake in the upcoming thriller The Town. Blake and Ben chat about Blake’s career, her family and her life for Interview magazine’s September issue. Blake talks about her family:

“I have a big, close, loving family, and they’re all from the South, but because so many of them are actors, everyone was very normal about it. It was just like any job to them. They always came home and talked about it around the dinner table the way any family talks about work, but it wasn’t anything special.”

Blake says in Interview that she is naturally shy:

“I just did it on my own. I’ve never worked with an acting coach, but my parents had acting classes and I grew up around them my whole life just because I didn’t have a babysitter. I’m actually a very shy person-that’s a big secret, so don’t tell-but being in those classes pushed me to break out of that a little bit. It’s like nature versus nurture: I’m naturally very shy, but I was brought up in a way where I had to get up and get out of that.”

When Ben asks Blake who she admires, she responds:

“People always ask me that and I always answer with men. Which is not to say that there aren’t incredible women in this business, but I feel like men are still given much better opportunities. I feel like there are so many people I admire for so many reasons that I can’t look at one person’s life and say, “I want that life.” I want to make my own history.”

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