Home is where the heart is for actress Blake Lively

Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:02pm EDT
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By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO (Reuters) - "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively may be a fashion trendsetter on red carpets but in real life, the lanky blonde prefers to stay home and cook.

Lively, at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote her gritty new drama "The Town," said she is as far as you can get from her role as rich Manhattan teenager Serena van der Woodsen in the racy TV show "Gossip Girl."

"People probably assume I'm like my character on 'Gossip Girl' because that's what they see the most," she said, referring to similarities that include living in New York, going to fashion shows and wearing pretty clothes.

"I love going to amazing events and wearing beautiful clothes and meeting incredible designers, but I don't like to go to parties," she told Reuters. "I like to sit at home, cook, watch movies and listen to fabulous music."

As different as Lively's real life is from Serena's, it differs even more from the character she plays in director Ben Affleck's movie "The Town."

"I don't have a baby. I'm not addicted to OxyContin. I'm not a drug mule. I'm not in love with a bank robber," she said.

Due out in U.S. theaters on Friday, the film sees Lively playing Krista, a promiscuous drug-addicted single mom whose life is intertwined with a group of Boston bank robbers led by Affleck and Jeremy Renner.

Donning a Boston accent to play the role, Lively said she related to Krista's mix of street smarts and vulnerability. She sought to transform the cheap, boozy character with back-combed hair and skimpy outfits into a character that the audience could sympathize with.   Continued...

<p>Actress Blake Lively arrives for the premiere of the movie "The Town" at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts September 14, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>