Blake Lively: 5 Things to Know About The 'Green Lantern' Star

Blake Lively Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern 2011
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Blake Lively Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern 2011

The actress stars alongside Ryan Reynolds in the new super hero flick opening June 17.

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is stepping off the streets of New York City, and into an (itty-bitty) costume to play Star Sapphire in Martin Campbell's upcoming Green Lantern (in theaters June 17).

Here are five things you should know about the actress, who shares the screen with Ryan Reynolds and Peter Sarsgaard in the Warner Bros film. 

1. She comes from a showbiz family. Lively grew up in Tarzana, CA and is the daughter of actor-director (and acting coach) Ernie Lively and talent manager Elaine Lively. The actress' siblings Eric, Lori, Jason and Robyn have also appeared onscreen.  

2. Her first big role was in 2005's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. At the time of the film Lively, who played sporty Bridget in the film, was the least well-known of her co-stars America Ferrara, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel.

3. Lively doesn't use a stylist. "I think I became my own stylist by not knowing any better," she has said of dressing herself for red carpet events. "And once I was told it was time to get one, I thought: This is one of my favorite hobbies! And I'm going to pay someone to steal my hobby from me? That's a terrible idea!" 

4. The actress loves to cook. The domestic actress baked a pumpkin-chocolate marble cake with Martha Stewart, and recently hosted a cake pop baking party. "I take a cooking class everywhere I travel," she has revealed. "I find it's the best way to get to know a culture. It's what people bring to the family every day, what they break bread over–it's a very intimate thing."

5. She's not into comics. "I actually knew nothing about Green Lantern, and I imagined that nobody else in the world knew anything about Green Lantern," she told the Wall Street Journal. "As soon as I got the role I was quickly humbled about how naïve I was, because people just came out of the woodwork!"