Back when people actually watched Gossip Girl, the question often posed was: Are you a Blair or a Serena?
Most girls said Serena, and why wouldn’t they? Serena is tall with a bubbly, spit-fire personality, whose golden locks fall so perfectly down her size four body.
I, however, was always a Blair fan. Not because she had an insane wardrobe or somehow brought headbands back into style. No, Blair was the favorite because the girl playing her managed to take a one-dimensional character and make her real.
Blake Lively is a lot of things: stunning, funny and obviously charming if she calls Christian Louboutin one of her best friends and Ryan Reynolds her boyfriend. One thing she is not, however, is a good actress. No matter what the part is, Lively seems to literally pick up what has been given to her and smash it into the ground into tiny little pieces.
Her role on Gossip Girl as Serena is easy work: pout here, smile there, look pretty in a $4,000 dress while traveling around the city. It’s not that Lively does a bad job, it’s just that she does no job. In life, she is Serena van der Woodsen: a girl who has skirted responsibility and has had lots of luck in life because of how attractive she is. Leighton Meester (Blair), on the other hand, actually had to act.
Meester hasn’t been getting a lot of press lately. She attempted to make an album – her voice is actually pretty decent. She also has taken a bunch of supporting roles in comedies like Date Night (2010) and Going the Distance (2010). She also starred as the roommate-from-hell in The Roommate (2011). But for some reason, Meester isn’t getting the attention she deserves.
And who is? Lively. She has been on every red carpet known to man, rocking designs sent to her personally. She seems to be racking up the film roles and some of the films have been good; but for every The Town (2010), there’s a Green Lantern (2011).
Next up for Lively? The Oliver Stone film, Savages, is set for release this coming July, and while on paper, the film may sound intriguing: two drug dealers go on a violent rampage to get back their shared girlfriend from a Mexican drug cartel, the trailer itself is just a hot mess, and Lively’s the worst part.
Seriously, I don’t know if she rocks her auditions and then just fails the actual movie miserably, but this girl somehow gets amazing parts and just slaughters them. The trailer of Savages shows her having a grand ol’ time being sexy and carefree with two guys, even her voiceover tells us so.
Perhaps I’m wrong and Savages will turn out to be a critical masterpiece. From the looks of things though, it seems as if Lively will continue skirting by her looks for the rest of her career.