Blake Lively’s father, Ernie Lively, who suffered a massive heart attack in 2003, will now have more energy to chase after his grandkids following a groundbreaking heart procedure on Nov. 7.
“My youngest daughter is newly married and wants a big family,” says Lively, 66, about Blake, 26, and son-in-law Ryan Reynolds, 37. “She says she wants 30 kids. I said, ‘Why don’t you start with one?’”
Lively, a veteran actor who lives in Heber City, Utah, with wife Elaine, also 66, previously had only half of a functioning heart and had trouble walking up a flight of stairs.
After Lively connected with Dr. Amit Patel, a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery earlier this year, he became the first known patient to undergo retrograde gene therapy for the heart – injecting a patient’s own stem cells in the heart to repair damaged muscle and arteries.
“I woke up the other morning and told my wife, ‘I haven’t felt this good in years,’” said Lively, who has four other children, in comments released by the University of Utah Health Care.
“I moved to Utah because of the snow, but I haven’t been able to ski,” Lively added. “I literally didn’t have the heart to do it. Now, I’m excited about living the rest of my life instead of sitting around. Dr. Patel saved my life.”
Last month E! News broke the story that Blake Lively was named L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel. Now the beauty brand gives us a glimpse of what happened before that big announcement.
Nope, it’s not a photo shoot (though we know that happened too), instead the former Gossip Girl actress spent a day at the brand’s lab in Paris. There she met the creative minds that develop all the makeup and skin care that the French company is famous for.
The star tested out mascara brushes—all the while flashing her humongous diamond engagement ring from now-husband Ryan Reynolds—and even discovered just how they get lipstick into those tubes.
During her visit she describes the inventors as “world leaders,” and says going behind the scenes is “a dream come true.”
She also explains why she decided to become the face of the brand: “Everyone knows ‘L’Oreal Paris: Because you’re worth it’,” she explains. “And it doesn’t mean that beauty is the center of your life, it means confidence is the center of your life.”
To see the full visit, in which Blake somehow makes a lab coat look chic, watch the video at the source.
Blake Lively can add one more item to her resumé: inspirational White House speaker.
First Lady Michelle Obama invited the Gossip Girl actress to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Friday to speak to a gathered group of high school students interested to learn more about careers in film.
Lively, 26, joined Whoopi Goldberg, Naomie Harris, Harvey Weinstein and others to shed light on the realities of working in the film industry.
According to US News & World Report, Lively’s insights stood out when she frankly revealed that her high school did not let her walk at graduation because she missed too many days of school to film her breakout role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
“They didn’t let me do that because they wanted to shut me down,” she told the students, per US News, which also reported that years later the school asked the star to speak at graduation. She said no.
Lively, who wed Ryan Reynolds last year also told the students that despite her showbiz roots, her first goal was to attend an Ivy League college.
“It was the only thing I knew I didn’t want to do,” she said of a career in Hollywood. “I wanted to get a great education.”
Lively, who was class president and a cheerleader, admitted she has yet to achieve that dream.
“If I could, I would go back and I would go to college,” she said.
But things obviously worked out for Lively, particularly after she landed the lead on Gossip Girl.
“I thought I tricked them,” she said of getting the part. “I was excited to get free food on set.”
As if being married to Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds weren’t enough, Blake Lively insists that she doesn’t have to suffer for her fabulous figure.
When asked if she follows a fitness routine, Lively said, “None!”
“I’m lucky to have an active lifestyle,” she says to Vogue Paris. “I’m always on the go. I don’t need to have a [trainer] or pay attention to what I eat. I can’t start my day without a cup of hot milk chocolate or finish without crunching a few dark chocolate squares. It’s good for my morale.”
But any lack of calorie counting certainly isn’t hurting her career. L’Oreal Paris recently announced that Lively will be their new global spokesperson and will appear in ads for cosmetics, hair care and hair color.
Shiny hair. Hot husband. Burgeoning lifestyle empire. You wouldn’t have thought anything was missing from Blake Lively‘s life, but it turns out there was one last thing absent from her résumé: A major makeup campaign.
Well, you can stop feeling sorry for her, because that all changed today. According to the L’Oréal Paris Instagram account, Lively will be the brand’s newest face. Or as they put it, “Annonce exclusive: Nous souhaitons la bienvenue à la somptueuse et talentueuse Blake Lively, nouvelle ambassadrice L’Oréal Paris ! Définitivement elle le vaut bien!” (Rough translation thanks to three years of high school French: “Exclusive announcement! We’re excited to welcome the gorgeous and talented Blake Lively, our new lady ambassador! She’s definitely worth it!”)
The star took the stage at a L’Oréal event wearing something only she could pull off: An off-the-shoulder, bouclé houndstooth mini with a flared skirt and jeweled belt (which looks to us to have pal Karl Lagerfeld’s fingerprints all over it). She kept the rest of the look simple, sporting the all-American beauty look (glossy hair, bronzed skin, glossy lips) she’s known for.
No word on what her first ad campaign will be, but we have a feeling it will be pretty gorgeous, not unlike the star herself.
EXCLUSIVE: The romantic drama The Age Of Adaline has been through a couple of incarnations, but it is now set to go into production in March as a co-production between Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment. The Town‘s Blake Lively is set to star with Ellen Burstyn, with Lee Toland Krieger directing. Lionsgate is set to release the film domestically.
Scripted by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, with revisions by Allison Burnett, The Age Of Adaline follows the miraculous life of the 29-year old title character, who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the 20th century she embarks on an epic but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life. Lee Toland Krieger is directing, and Sidney Kimmel is producing with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Jim Tauber and Eric Reid will be executive producers.
“They’re extraordinarily talented and perfect for telling the beautiful and timeless tale of The Age Of Adaline,” Lakeshore CEO Rosenberg said of Lively and Burstyn. Added Lakeshore prexy Lucchesi: “Lee Toland Krieger is one of the most stylish young filmmakers working in Hollywood today. He is visually imaginative and possesses a strong narrative sense.”
Noting that the project took awhile to come together (Katherine Heigl once was attached), Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said: “We searched for the ideal director and stars. We believe that we have found them with Lee Toland Krieger, Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn, and together they will tell the story of Adaline in a way that audiences won’t forget.”
Lively is coming off Savages. Burstyn next stars in Draft Day and Interstellar, and Krieger directed Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in the indie Celeste And Jesse Forever and wrote and directed The Vicious Kind. Lively is repped by CAA and Management 360, Bursteyn by Innovative Artists and The Schiff Co, and Krieger is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content. Offshore sales are being handled at AFM by Lakeshore and Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity.
BLAKE LIVELY is launching her own company, and this time it has nothing to do with acting.
“It’s something that will be launching in a few months and that I’m really, really thrilled about. The main element of it is that it’s about storytelling and it’s about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There’s nothing like it out there – it’s without a genre,” Lively told us. “I have so many passions outside of acting and things that I grew up being good at and that I don’t utilise when acting. Acting was something that my family did so I just kind of got into it by default, but there was so much that I cultivated, thinking that I wouldn’t be an actor.”
Lively says that she has had the opportunity to branch out into new projects since she finished filming Gossip Girl just under a year ago, and took part in Gucci’s “amazing” Chime for Change concert this year as well as continuing as the face of the fashion house’s Premiere fragrance. But fans of her work needn’t worry, it certainly isn’t the end of her acting career.
“A lot has changed for me in the last year! I got married, I finished Gossip Girl after six years, I had my first break in a while and I’ve been working on this company… it has been nice to have a separation from my show. The first film I did coming out of Gossip Girl, I wanted it to be different from anything I’ve ever done but also representative of where I want to go, because now I’m in a different place,” she told us.
“When I was doing Gossip Girl, I had these short breaks where I could play a character on weekends, but there’s a movie I’m really excited about that I’ll be doing this winter and one of the most enticing parts of it is that it spans from the 1900s until now. The fashion is amazing, and my character gets to experience all of the different time periods and tell the story through fashion. It’s not a movie about fashion, but it’s an integral part of who she is and the whole story.”
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on Monday with a down-home feast that reminded them of their Southern-themed nuptials.
The couple, who wed at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on Sept. 9 last year, were spotted in nearby Charleston over the weekend before moving on to Savannah, Ga. – where they stopped for lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.
“They were absolutely darling,” Marcia Thompson, owner of the historic, all-you-can-eat restaurant, tells PEOPLE. “I asked them what they were doing in Savannah, and she said it was their anniversary and they had never been able to get in the restaurant before. The line wasn’t too terribly long today.”
After waiting in line outside, Reynolds and Lively were seated at a table with six others for the family-style meal, which included plates piled high with such Southern favorites as fried chicken, homemade biscuits, macaroni and cheese, cabbage, meatloaf and butter beans.
“Nobody made a fuss over them,” Thompson says. “I know the other people sitting at the table knew who they were, but they didn’t say anything to them about who they were and that was nice. I thanked [the other diners] for that.”
The couple left before dessert – banana pudding – was served and Reynolds, 36, paid cash for their lunch (the bill was $36) and left a generous tip.
“When he stood up and put that smile on me, I nearly fainted. He is so good-looking,” Thompson said of Reynolds, who was named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010. And she says Lively, 26, “was so sweet and so pretty.”
“I am honored that they came here on their anniversary,” Thompson says. “I hope they enjoyed it.”
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds aren’t adding to their family just yet. Despite a new report to the contrary, the 25-year-old actress is not pregnant with their first child.
“The story is 100% false,” Lively’s rep tells Us Weekly. “Blake is not pregnant.”
The Gossip Girl alum secretly married the R.I.P.D. actor, 36, in September 2012 after meeting on the set of 2011′s The Green Lantern. The couple has lived a relatively private life since their wedding, but Reynolds opened up in the August 2013 issue of Details about his dreams of having a “big family” with Lively . . . one day.
“We’d love to have a big family,” the said. “We both come from big families — my parents did four, Blake’s did five. A lot of people say it’s crazy, but we’ll only know when we’re there, you know? We’ll walk through that fire pretty happily, I think.”
As the youngest of four brothers, Reynolds, who was previously married to Scarlett Johansson from 2008 to 2011, does seem to be hoping he’ll have a baby girl.
“I’m terrified that I’m genetically predisposed to only having boys. That’s frightening,” he admitted. “By the time I was 10 years old, and I’m not exaggerating, I knew how to patch drywall. There’s nothing my brothers and I didn’t put a hole in. We turned our home into a Wiffle house. That’s something I’m not looking forward to.”