Here's another interview with Gossip Girl star Blake Lively:
Hollywood.com: How did you get the role?
Blake Lively: Josh Schwartz called me about it. Maybe he watched The Sisterhood, I don't know. I hear a lot of fans of the Gossip Girl books had seen me, and maybe because I had long blonde hair, they were blogging, 'She has to be Serena.' He told me "I wrote the show for you. You have to do this. I will not give it to anyone else." We sat down and we talked about it. I thought about it for a little while. It felt right.
Josh has so much heart in everything he does, from his locations to the actors he uses, to the wardrobe, and that was very important to me. That's the reason I did the show.
HW: What intrigued you about the character? What kind of journey will it be for her?
BL: Serena is very complex. She was what you can call a bad girl before and now she's trying to be good. She's been pulled in all different angles, from her mom, to her brother, to her best friend to this new good guy, Dan, to Nate, who she still loves. She's got all of these people pulling on her and she needs to find her place in this universe where they're handed everything on a silver platter.
She wanted her best friend's boyfriend, she went after him, and now she's back in this world after going away to boarding school and she realizes she was wrong and she needs to reform herself and make herself a better person.
HW: Can you relate to any aspects of her world?
BL: Definitely. I think in high school there are so many cliques. You're never safe. I did Sisterhood between my junior and senior years of high school and while I was away my friends made other groups of friends. I came back after three months ready to do what we used to do, and things had changed.
People get older and there are inside jokes that you don't know about that have happened, and you feel a little lost for a while. And it's a little bit hard to slip back into that. And then the friends that they've replaced you with are a little territorial.
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