Blake Lively: A modern Grace Kelly in talent, grace, and beauty
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Blake Lively’s birthday is upon us. To celebrate her twenty years on our screens, and thirty-one years of life, we look at her most iconic role and, of course, we’ll compare this to her next highly anticipated role in an upcoming film. It’s next to impossible to discuss the joys of Blake Lively without mentioning one, very important name: Serena Van Der Woodsen. The blonde powerhouse was on our screens in Gossip Girl (2007-2012) for years of intriguing political scandal, ambitious social endeavours, and catastrophically chaotic mistakes that set us laughing until we cramped and cringing back into our sofas, and, sometimes, watching from behind our hands. Lively’s portrayal as Serena was a standout role. What made Serena so appealing for the audience was her imperfection. True, Serena in the Gossip Girl universe was renowned for being an idolised socialite who was also down to earth and cool, and it would be easy to assume that that's all there is to Serena's character. Not so. Throughout the series, Blake Lively's performance enhances and brings a depth to Serena that would be sorely missed had the role gone to any other actress. Able to play Serena as a bit air-headed and silly during the less serious episodes, Lively was also perfectly able to carry a heavy weight for those moments where the series turned rather dark.
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