ACT­ING HER AGE

From Gos­sip Girl to mar­riage, moth­er­hood and even start­ing a web­site, Blake Lively has firm thoughts about the re­al­i­ties of stay­ing young

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Peo­ple al­ways like the idea of stay­ing young for­ever,” Blake Lively says. “It’s about look­ing young for­ever and feel­ing young for­ever.”

She’s telling me all about her new flick The Age of Adaline (her first on­screen ap­pear­ance since Gos­sip Girl, the show she fronted about a group of priv­i­leged teens in New York, ended in 2012). In Age, she plays a woman who stops age­ing at 29 due to phe­nom­e­nal events af­ter a car crash. For al­most 100 years. What a gift! Maybe.

“This is a story where a woman does stay young for­ever and you re­ally see the heart­break in that,” Lively says. “You see the joy and all the in­cred­i­ble things she gets to ex­pe­ri­ence, but you also see how tragic that would be if one per­son was granted that wish. You see the mul­ti­ple loves of her life hap­pen and then go on with­out her; her daugh­ter grow­ing old and be­ing in her fi­nal days.”

I ask whether Lively, 27, could han­dle not age­ing, what with hav­ing her mug plas­tered on 3m-tall movie screens and bill­boards over Sun­set Blvd. And no one seems to worry about a stray stress line more than an ac­tor. “Oh, I’d hate that,” she says with­out skip­ping a beat. “I love get­ting older – ev­ery year I ap­pre­ci­ate it. Well, not all of it. But if I didn’t age an ex­tra year more than my fam­ily, I wouldn’t be able to stand it.”

Lively has added more strings to her bow in the past year – en­tre­pre­neur and mother are two. For a long time she seemed to be cast as the “hot girl” rather than some­one with any grit. But to­wards the end of GG, she took a cou­ple of roles that showed a dif­fer­ent side – a drug ad­dict along­side Ben Af­fleck in The Town (2010); the polyamorous dream girl in Oliver Stone’s Savages (2012). It looked as if, post-Serena van der Wood­sen, a se­ri­ous act­ing ca­reer beck­oned.

Then she met Ryan Reynolds on the set of 2011’s The Green Lan­tern and fell in love. They moved to Bed­ford, New York, and se­cretly got en­gaged in June 2012, be­fore ty­ing the knot that Septem­ber.

Last year, Lively launched her life­style web­site Pre­serve and we be­gan to see a whole other side to her.

“Most of us are en­trepreneurs th­ese days. To me, it was a wor­thy thing that started as some­thing I could do for my friends and loved ones. What I would have done in my own per­sonal com­mu­nity – to ex­plore and share – is a great pas­sion of mine, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I open it up and share with (other) peo­ple?’”

Lively says she started the site be­cause she’s “hun­gry for ex­pe­ri­ence”.

She stresses the site isn’t about her, but some­where to “pre­serve” the art and cre­ations that are al­ready out there.

Eliis Jones (Michiel Huis­man) and Adaline Bow­man (Blake Lively) in

The Age of Adaline.

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