Blake Lively, the 34-year-old “Gossip Girl” actress, recently opened up about how her and her husband Ryan Reynolds’ daughters act as support systems and give her a major confidence boost. In a recent interview with Forbes, the actress opened up about how having children helped her revive her confidence both personally and professionally.
“Having children for me made me feel so much more in my skin,” she said. “I never felt more myself or at ease in my own body or more confident—not to say that there aren’t a bevy of insecurities coming at me a million times a day, but I just feel incredibly settled,” she added.
“I just think that growing up, having kids, all of those things made me feel like I only want to do things where I can have really meaningful collaborations and have authorship,” she continued. She got candid about valuing collaboration more and has “never been happier, professionally.”
The actress on the initial phase of her career
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds share three children together, James Reynolds, Betty Reynolds, Inez Reynolds. The actress also reminisced about the start of her career in the interview. “I began acting when I was 16 years old and hone you begin acting, you’ll take whatever job you can get. With opportunity if you’re fortunate enough, you’re able to be a little bit more selective about your jobs—but even once you’re there, as an actor, you are very often just a ‘person-for-hire’ versus the person telling the story or the person leading the way,” she said with candor.
Blake Lively values her and Ryan Reynolds’ children over everything else
Lively also talked about how her children opened up her eyes to the value of authorship and how she started asking more out of her projects. “I’m just way too nosy and involved and curious and active to be happy just saying, ‘Put me anywhere and I’ll just stand and say whatever you want and wear whatever clothes you want,'” she said. “So even in my professional career, I saw that I was feeling less and less fulfilled when I wasn’t able to also have authorship,” she added.
Blake Lively has also been prospering in her directorial career. She is also ready to reprise her role in A Simple Favor. But amidst it all, she still continues to prioritize her family. “Family is at the root of everything that I do and it’s also at the root of everything that I create,” she said. “So whenever I create something, I create something with family in mind because that’s just how I live,” she added.
We wish Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and their daughters a healthy and happy future ahead!