Blake Lively: Are You Pro Or Con?
1:30 pm, September 10th | by Sarah Devlin
When the news broke of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’s secret marriage, we here at The Jane Dough were all atwitter. It was then that we learned that there is a rift in the editorial department — a vehement pro-Blake faction pitted against a “Ehh, don’t really care for her” faction. In order to repair this rift, we decided to have it out, G-chat debate style:
Sarah Devlin: Okay, let’s do this.
Laura Donovan: Wooo!
Sarah: So I understand you are a Blake Lively fan. STATE YOUR CASE.
Laura: Unlike a lot of celebrities, she doesn’t create drama or crave fame. She knows what she likes (fashion and acting) and focuses on those things. You don’t see Blake Lively stumbling out of LA clubs or getting into fights with other famous people.
Sarah: Fair. HOWEVER. She just seems so very, very smug to me.
Laura: In what way?
Sarah: Like when she did this interview. I just don’t believe her, and I distrust stars who are always like “Oh, I don’t know how I got to be this beautiful, I just roll out of bed in the morning! Just lucky I guess!”
No, you’re not. You’re lying. Also, she has a ridiculous dog.
Laura: To be fair, some people are naturally thin. I’ve been that way most of my life, but you’re right that bragging about it doesn’t sit well with people. I guess she was trying to say not all celebrities work out 10 hours a day and survive off almonds. Jennifer Lawrence is all for indulging, too. The reality is that most girls do not look like Blake Lively.
That dog is cute! But we all know I love all dogs with the exception of Daschunds.
Sarah: Hahaha. All right, I’ll let the dog slide. It’s cute. And you’re right, some people are naturally thin, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less obnoxious when they brag about it.
Also, I don’t think she’s a very good actress. And she hasn’t done very much but she keeps getting on the cover of Vogue for whatever reason…also, I feel like I should disclose that I was a big Gossip Girl fan for a few years and was hardcore pro-Blair Waldorf, anti-Serena van der Woodsen. So maybe that’s where all of my issues can be traced back to :)
Laura: Blair is a much more interesting character. But that’s more about the show.
Sarah: Right. I’m not being very fair. My last point is that she was rumored to be wrecking one of my favorite Hollywood marriages.
Laura: Lively did a nice job in Savages, but I do know that she had some difficulties with the sex scenes. Oliver Stone said she was a challenge.
Sarah: Hmm. I don’t know. Basically all of my dislike is rooted in a fictional TV show and rampant tabloid speculation, while you are actually making good points. So maybe I need to be a little more charitable :)
Laura: I wouldn’t trust The Superficial, haha.
Sarah: But OMG, it’s really hard. I will say that Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a great movie.
Laura: She does seem very lucky and privileged.
Sarah: And I bawled my eyes out, and didn’t even mind Blake Lively in it.
Laura: Yes, it’s great, and she was perfect as Bridget. Not in the second movie though.
Sarah: I just feel like she made this leap from doing that movie and Gossip Girl to wanting to be taken really seriously as a Big Star and Serious Actress, and I don’t really feel like she’s earned that yet. That’s all.
(And also all the other stuff I said. But that’s my main point.)
Laura: It takes a while. Let’s not forget she comes from a show biz family.
Sarah: And you’re right, at least she’s not addicted to drugs or alcohol, and she takes good care of her dog.
Laura: Perhaps that’s how she was able to get so many gigs right away. I agree. Unlike a lot of young celebrities, she isn’t trying to stir up trouble, or make headlines for being a spoiled addicted brat.
Sarah: Yeah, I think it’s a “born on 3rd, think she hit a triple” situation for me.
Laura: Her brother convinced her to start auditioning for stuff, and it worked out well.
Sarah: Meanwhile, I think Leighton Meester is a superior actress (and, I think, more beautiful) but she’s not as well-connected and has been doing terrible stuff like “The Roommate” and that princess movie with Selena Gomez. But that’s not really Blake Lively’s fault.
Laura: Yeah that’s unfortunate. Leighton is amazing. Sidenote, did you know she was born in jail?
Laura: It’s too bad Leighton has gotten the short end of the stick.
Sarah: She has a crazy family, I don’t think they’ve been very supportive.
Laura: I think Leighton will definitely come out ahead of Lively, if anything because she is doing more movies, whereas Lively isn’t signed on for anything after Gossip Girl, which ends next year. Maybe her plan was to just chill out after getting married.
Sarah: I hope so. I need some time to learn to like her again.
Sarah: Oh, I almost forgot – ANOTHER issue I have is that Ryan Reynolds was hanging out with Sandra Bullock, who I love, right before he started dating Blake. And I love The Proposal, and I feel like it was the perfect post-horrible Jesse James relationship, and Blake Lively ruined it.
There, I said it. No less a source than E! Online backs me up.
Laura: They have such good chemistry in that movie.
Sarah: Just when I think I can like her again I remember another celebrity gossip item that makes me hopping mad.
Laura: It’s amazing to watch.
Sarah: Maybe the solution is that I should read less celebrity gossip. And yes, how great is The Proposal????
Laura: I guess that could work. Also, remember that the guys are at fault too.
Sarah: I knowwww.
Laura: Yeah, I love The Proposal. Hidden treasure.
Sarah: Laura, you are so reasonable.
Laura: Betty White, puppies named Kevin, Alaska.
Sarah: All great.
Laura: Not always. I’m not fair with everyone.
Sarah: Haha. Who do you hate for no reason?
Laura: I have issues with Lady Gaga because I think she’s a total phony
Laura: So you’ll see my anger come out when she’s brought up.
Sarah: Side note — how weird is it that Blake Lively is older than Lady GaGa?
Laura: I don’t think she is. Lively is 1987.
Sarah: She’s 25, right? Isn’t Lady Gaga 24?
Laura: Gaga was born in 86. Still, only a year apart.
Sarah: Ah, you’re right. I was going to make a point about how profound that was or something. Instead let’s end here :)
Laura: Works for me :)
[Photo via JustJared]