Blake Lively on Gossip Girl: Great Experience, Not My Best Work

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As Gossip Girl Season 6 approaches, Blake Lively has mixed feelings about her run on the CW's Upper East Side drama that made her a star coming to an end in the fall of 2012.

While it's obviously been a key reason for her professional success, the woman behind Serena van der Woodsen also believes it's a chapter of her life that's closing at the right time.

In an interview with Bullett, the 24-year-old says, "It'll be bittersweet when it's over."

Blake Lively in Red

"I think the best way to describe it is like someone who really enjoyed high school, and is like, 'I'm a senior and I can't wait for the next thing!' 'Gossip Girl was so great, but what's the next challenge in life?"

"Because, you know, six years is a long time. And as an actor who plays a caricature of myself on the show, I don’t think I’d say, 'Watch Gossip Girl for my best quality of work.' But I am very lucky to have had that experience.”

In “It Girl, Interrupted,” Serena, who surreptitiously took control of Gossip Girl's site from the still-unknown originator, says to Blair, “I’m ready to move on with my life, and I can’t do that with Gossip Girl tracking my every move.”

The line might as well have been written for Lively herself. She knows, however, that when it comes to branching out into film, this It Girl might not always get what she wants.

There will be unattainable parts, difficult shoots, and emotional scenes, but she seems ready, hungry even, for the shift: “I’m not in the business of trying to win the approval of my cast members, my director, or my audience.”

“If I were, I’d be so beaten down by insecurity that I’d never be able to perform. The only person I’m trying to prove something to is myself.”

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I hated her character. Guess I'm not much of a fan of her as a person or actress either because, oh wait, she can't even act so Serena is basically Blake.


Patrick, I'm curious where you heard this vieorsn of events. Every account I've read says his wallet was left on shore, no reference to kids, no reference to this letter, just a brief note saying something like I've gone to join the lovely Theresa.' Or is the caption to the painting just your imaginings of what could have happened?Beautiful painting, by the way.Stella


I don't think blake's the best actress in the world, but she's pretty good, don't want to see "the town" as an example, fine watch about "Hick" even "savages" she's been cropping up in a few movies recently, she has the potential to have a good career.


Her acting the last 4 seasons was just like Misha Barton's last season of The O.C.. No effort at all. Awful. Sbe will be Mischa Barton career wise.


@mm I disagree. even if the show sucks (and it's obviously is) and she can't wait to leave (which anyone can understand) to say that it's not her best work is ungrateful. like the show is beneath her now and therefore doesn't deserve her best work (haha like there's such thing). she is NOT that good of an actress, has limited range and fairly untested in her job not to mention is someone with a relatively short resume. so my problem is with her speaking as if she's Cate Blanchet with many layers and depths to her acting skills. "it's not my best work". whatever! like i said before, just shut up and do your job then you can move on. you signed a contract, just because you're sick of it doesn't mean you can phone it in.


@Piper i don't think she's unappreciative of what this show has done for her career i think she just wants to move on and honestly if i'd be much more annoyed if she thought this was her best work, gossip girl while being entertaining and (in the beginning at least) a fairly well-written show is hardly the best thing on television never mind anything else - and my comments alone are closer to shitting on this show than hers btw


I am so sick of TV ACTRESSES shitting on shows that made them. Just shup up and do your JOB! Write a memoir when you're 80 and then you can talk about it. There's no acceptable way of talking about it without sounding like an ungrateful, spoiled, idiot who counts her eggs before they hatch. With your resume, Blake Lively, I certainly wouldn't rock the boat too much. Also, her performance in The Town and getting to be Jennifer Anniston's The Good Girl. Regardless of how much crap she produces (and she will), there's always the "but she can act, look at The Town". She was in it for 5 seconds!! So once again, shut up and just work on your job!


also, somebody give the girl a comb please!


Her best work? Nose and boobs


If you do not like actress Blake Lively does not have to comment. Why you attack her work when actress Blake is one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood, I'd add that she is the prettiest? Most beautiful couple actors are Penn and Blake / Serena and Dan! Who doubts it let him look again 1 and 2 season of GG and everything will be clear to him!

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