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Blake Lively

Dicembre 2012
Serena van der Woodsen di Gossip Girl o una dei protagonisti di Lanterna Verde o di Le belve o la ex fidanzata di Leonardo diCaprio, oppure ancora l’attuale moglie di Ryan Reynolds, l’ex marito di Scarlett Johansson. Insomma vedete voi perché conoscete Blake Lively, ma sicuramente avrete sentito parlare di questa bellissima nuova star!

di George H. Limongi

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Blake Lively
Blake Lively

Speaker: Chuck Rolando (Standard American accent)

Are you a teenager? Or is there a teenager in your family? Then you probably know Serena van der Woodsen. She is the charming, talented and funny girl in the TV series, Gossip Girl, but what do you know about Blake Lively, the young American actress and model who plays her?


Blake Lively was born on August 25th, 1987 in Los Angeles to a family of actors. She is the youngest of five children and all her brothers and sisters have worked in the entertainment industry.  Her father is  the actor and director Ernie Lively and her mother is the actress and talent manager Elaine Lively. 


When Blake was very young her parents taught acting. They took her to work with them because they didn’t want to leave her at home with a babysitter.  Blake wasn’t very interested, but she says that watching her parents teach helped her learn the basics of acting. It also gave her self-confidence. When Blake was 11 years old she had a small part in the movie Sandman. The director was her father. 


That was in 1998. In 2005 Blake received a nomination for a Teen Choice award for her role as Bridget in the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In 2006 she received a Breakthrough Award for the movie Accepted. Critics didn’t like the movie, but they loved Blake. In 2007 she won another for her work in the movie Elvis and Anabelle. Blake played Anabelle, a bulimic girl who hopes to win a beauty contest. 


In 2007 producers chose her to play Serena in the TV show Gossip Girl. Since then she has become an international star. One of her most acclaimed roles is as the younger Pippa Lee in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee in 2009. And critics said that her work in the 2010 film The Town was “sensational.” The same year she played Carol in Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds. Blake and Ryan got married this year. Blake’s latest movie is Savages, directed by Oliver Stone.  


Some people say that Blake Lively got her part in the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants thanks to her older brother actor Eric Lively’s recommendation, so it was not necessary for her to audition.

She dated Penn Badgley (her colleague in Gossip Girl, he was Dan Humphrey) from 2007 to 2010

She went out with Leonardo DiCaprio for a few months in 2011.

Ryan Reynolds, her husband, was married to Scarlett Johansson before they met.

She doesn’t like to go clubbing and prefers to go home, have dinner and watch a movie after work.

Blake Lively expressed her support for Barack Obama.

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Teen. Teen è un’abbreviazione della parola teenager che significa precisamente una persona tra i 13 e 19 anni (deriva dai numeri: thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen e nineteen). Questo periodo si chiama anche the teen years e si ferma bruscamente al ventesimo compleanno.

Breakthrough. Sfondamento, breccia. Quando un artista “sfonda” in inglese si usa il verbo to break through e questo spiega il sostantivo (e anche l’aggettivo) breakthrough. A breakthrough role è una parte che aiuta un attore a sfondare e a breakthrough award è un premio per uno che è riuscito a sfondare. La parola breakthrough può indicare anche una svolta, ad esempio nella ricerca scientifica.