A beautiful child of English, Irish, German and a trace of Cherokee ancestry, she was cherubic with lovely golden ringlets.
Her parents took her with them to acting classes that they taught instead of leaving her with a babysitter, where Blake said she picked up the “drills” of acting and gained confidence.
In 2013, he played cult NYC singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley in the quietly celebrated movie “Greetings From Tim Buckley,” and that musical indulgence has led to the formation of his band Mothxr (pronounced “mother”), which releases their debut album, “Centerfold,” Friday.
“‘Gossip Girl’ was a great opportunity, but it would be misleading to think that anyone on that show doesn’t have anything more to offer,” Badgley tells The Post.
After GG ended, Blake was cast in the superhero movie Green Lantern starring Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Reynolds.
He had a relationship with the show’s star Traylor Howard for two years even though she was a decade older than him; then he moved on to Kristen Johnston, also a TV star nearly a decade older; till he finally started dating Rachael Leigh Cook, an actress closer to his own age.
Ryan made the jump to the big screen in the hit National Lampoon comedy Van Wilder (2002).
“Somehow we just spend seven hours a day all together just chatting and it’s really nice to have that time, because it’s rare that we get together for such a nice chunk of time. We’re together all day whether we’re making gingerbread houses, or baking cookies, or sitting around and watching movies all piled up.” Inordinately fond of food and cooking, Blake called Martha Stewart her “idol” as well as being a fan of Nigella Lawson, a TV chef.
Lively spent evenings working as a pastry chef at the renowned Per Se in New York City and took cookery classes wherever she travelled as a way of immersing herself in the local culture, including a tailor-made workshop at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.