Blake Ellender Lively is an American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades, including three Teen Choice Awards, a People's Choice Award, and nominations for two Critics' Choice Awards and an Academy of Country Music Award. Lively, the daughter of actor Ernie Lively, made her professional debut in her father's directorial project Sandman. She starred as Bridget Vreeland to commercial success in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as its sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. She appeared opposite Justin Long in the comedy Accepted. And she gained notability and widespread recognition for her portrayal of Serena van der Woodsen in the CW teen drama television series Gossip Girl. She has starred in rom coms 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.