They may play catty BFFs on The CW hit show “Gossip Girl,” but in real life, Blake Lively denies there is any off-screen drama with her co-star, Leighton Meester.
“I’ve never really had a competitive relationship in any work situation,” Blake told W magazine’s December issue about reports she and Leighton are frenemies in real life. “The media is always trying to pit us against each other, I guess because it’s just not interesting to say, ‘Everyone gets along; everybody just works 18-hour days and goes home to sleep.’ That’s not fun to read, I guess.”
Though she could do without the tabloid tales, Blake said she is loving playing Serena van der Woodsen on “Gossip Girl.” And one of the added bonuses is she gets to keep some of the clothes and accessories her Upper East Side teenage high school character wears.
“I probably have, like, 60 gorgeous bags,” Blake said of her job perks. “I have a closet with my really sharp, fancy, nice ones — the ones that go with my Valentino pumps, for example. And then I have a closet with the ones that are a little more rugged-feeling, the kind that go with my Belstaff motorcycle boots.”
Though she’s happily living in Manhattan, playing one of the lead characters on a popular show, Blake is continuing to take on movie roles. She scored a hit twice over in “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2,” and now has two new films on the horizon, including “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” and “Elvis and Anabella,” the latter of which saw her engage in a weight loss regime for the role.
“I play a beauty queen who died of bulimia,” Blake said. “But beauty queens are still very toned. So I lost weight, but I got toned. It was the healthiest I’ve ever been. I just made chicken breasts from Whole Foods on a George Foreman Grill, with asparagus and broccoli.”