We know her as Serena van der Woodsen, but Blake Christina Lively - born August 25, 1987 in Tarzana, California - is nothing like her glamourous television counterpart. The actress is as far from it as you can get!
Despite a rising career that includes a starring role in Gossip Girl, as well as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel, Blake Lively is smart, humble, grounded and down-to-earth. And she turns 21 years old today!
Happy birthday, Blake. We <3 you. Below, the Gossip Girl Insider interns have put together a little photo tribute to the actress. Click to enlarge any of these - and follow this link for many, many more Blake Lively photos!