Blake Lively: In high school, ‘I was tall & shy & not very confident about myself’


Blake Lively covers the new issue of Elle Australia. I hate that the cover shot is one where Blake has hair in her face. Rude! Blake is presumably covering Elle Aus to promote The Shallows. I was surprised by how well The Shallows has performed overall, weren’t you? Critics liked the film and it’s already made more than $53 million at the box office, which is great for a film that had a pretty small budget. I think Blake is probably one of those “great bang-for-the-bucks” actresses – she’s not making huge paychecks, but she’ll hustle for anything she’s in and she’ll always get a lot of attention for whichever project. There’s a lot of free media involved with Blake, which is what studios want. Anyway, that was me just shooting the breeze, because the quotes from Blake’s interview are super-boring. Enjoy!

Blake used to be so shy: “I was very introverted and very awkward in social situations, but once I started taking acting classes around the age of 16 it made a huge difference in my life. I didn’t fit in that well in high school because I was tall and shy and not very confident about myself.”

On The Shallows: “I did almost all the surfing and stunt scenes by myself and it was only when we were doing re-shoots and I was already pregnant that we shot some scenes with a stunt double.”

[From The Daily Mail]

I had geared myself up to complain about how many pretty women claim to have been dorky, shy, antisocial nerds when they were kids, but I talked myself out of it. Mostly because I was friends with those tall, insecure girls when I was a kid! I think when girls hit their growth spurts at a young age, most of them are awkward and insecure for a few years as they get used to their bodies. They slouch, they try to appear smaller. It’s the same thing when you develop a big bust when you’re really young. It’s awkward as hell. That being said, I think Blake was always outgoing, social and popular. She really just has that vibe.


Photos courtesy of Elle Australia.

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  1. littlemissnaughty says:

    She’s so relatable.

  2. HH says:

    I do like that she said acting classes helped. So that’s a nice change. For a while there, especially like a couple years ago, EVERY ACTOR was a dork/geek in HS and somehow insanely hot and funny now. I don’t doubt that it happens, but not as often as HWood likes to portray. Just the PR move to make this person seem more “down to earth” I guess.

  3. Chem says:

    I am tall and curvy so I’ve always been insecure about myself. I’m still young but as I grow up I feel better. People hate KimK but honestly it was until I saw her being so confortable with herself and not ashamed of her curves I felt better and felt proud of myself, she is annoying sometimes but I thank her for that.

  4. ClaireB says:

    I have (irrational) hate for this woman. She is so useless and seems so pleased with herself. And then I hate myself, because I think part of my dislike for her comes from disliking the moles on her face, and that is so so shallow of me. Ugh.

  5. st says:

    I saw The Shallows because it’s one of the few movies with a lead female role. It was fine for what it is. I really enjoyed the scenery and the seagull the most.

  6. mayamae says:

    It’s funny how societal norms can affect your self-esteem. My first grade teacher measured the entire class’s height, and I was so proud to not only be the tallest girl, but the tallest kid! By the age of twelve I was 5’5″, with a B cup – double whammy. It took me years to stop using the tall girl/large busted slouch. Sometimes I find myself still doing it. I was also the first girl I know to start her period. I felt like asking my body – what’s the big hurry? I found male attention at that age very difficult.

  7. Squiggisbig says:

    Talk, shy, and with her original nose.

    Fixed it for you!

  8. Eva says:

    Growing up as a tall girl is not easy. Most tall women I know have a hang up or two about their size (I do too). Some tall women with model-type bodies are of course celebrated but that’s not the reality for most of us.

  9. Linds says:

    Blake was a cheerleader, her class president, and I also believe she was homecoming or prom queen (I used to be a big GG fan and followed the lives of the actors when I was younger, judge me lol) sooo shy, bad at social situations? Hardly. She was definitely popular and put herself out there.

    • Rayya Kirt says:

      Ha I knew it lol. I think people who weren’t popular either say nothing or maybe try and make themselves look better often times. The popular ones, I tend to notice once they are famous, try and go for how awkward they were. Because they are so confident they can do it. They will say things like: I was tall, big lips, developed early, quiet, too skinny, unfortunately perfect skin and face, no flaws, embarrassingly beautiful lmao. You get my point. They describe a good looking girl who was maybe quiet…awwwww. And then we discover she essentially was second to the mayor. It’s too bloody funny. And they know it lol. Why doesn’t the interviewer ever say, ” I can’t imagine you weren’t popular due to your looks…could it be your personality?”

  10. monette says:

    “I was very introverted and very awkward in social situations, but once I got a nose job and a boob job- it made a huge difference in my life. ” fixed it

  11. Sarah says:

    So I was doing some reading up on her and came across something interesting….

    She is apparently 28… but many don’t believe that.

    Look online, she gave interviews that she started 1st grade along with her older brother Eric when she was only 3 as he didn’t want to go alone. Aside from the fact that that’s a ridiculous story, Eric is born in 1981 and Blake ’1987′ which would mean she’s likely 3 years older than she says… to be 3 when he was 6, she’d have been born in 1984 more like!

    • Jegede says:

      She is 28.

      It correlates. She was 5 years old when she did The Sandman and still in High School when she did Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Fact.

      Plus there is no way she, or anyone else, could get way with docking years off their age after all this time in the limelight.
      Especially in this era of blogs and internet yearbooks.

      • Sarah says:

        Yeah it does seem unlikely that someone could do that… that interview was so bizarre though. I’m not sure what to make of it.

        I dont know Sandman but the internet tells me it came out in 1998 so she wasn’t 5…

      • Bridget says:

        Weird interview, especially since they don’t just let 3 year olds start first grade.