Blake Ellender Lively is an American actress. Born in Los Angeles, Lively is the daughter of actor Ernie Lively, and made her professional debut in his directorial project Sandman. She starred as Bridget Vreeland in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants alongside its sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 to commercial success. She appeared opposite Justin Long in the comedy Accepted and gained notability and widespread recognition for her portrayal of Serena van der Woodsen in the CW teen drama television series Gossip Girl. She has appearred in romantic comedies including New York, I Love You and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Lively starred opposite Ben Affleck in the crime thriller The Town and appeared with her future husband Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern. She was in the ensemble cast of Savages and garnered acclaim for portraying the titular character in romantic fantasy The Age of Adaline.