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6 Quotes Proving Blake Lively Desperately Wants To Be Jennifer Lawrence

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Sometimes it seems that the best way to win over America is by talking about how much you just love to eat. If that’s true, then Blake Lively really, really wants to win affection, you guys. The former Gossip Girl actress talked to The Cut this week about her love of Martha Stewart’s magazine, The Cheesecake Factory (understandable, because The Cheesecake Factory is a delightful food experience no matter how much money or reservations at five-star restaurants you have) and baking cookies. Also discussed is Lively’s latest career venture — the launch of her very own website, which she insists isn’t a “lifestyle” site, despite the insta-comparisons made to Gwyneth Paltrow‘s delusional vision, GOOP.

But while Lively may in fact eat a lot of processed sugar like the rest of America, she’s definitely got way more of the GOOP puppet master in her than the current reigning cool girl, Jennifer Lawrence (whow we would totally want to split an appetizer with over at The Cheesecake Factory, FYI). Every statement that Lively makes in the interview reads as a contrived way to make herself seem incredibly relatable. Sorry, but becoming relatable is going to be a tough task for the girl who played the crazy unlikable Serena van der Woodsen for six seasons and went on a boat date with Leonardo DiCaprio. Here are some quotes that show how badly Lively wants to cash in on this whole “real girl” thing… and how it doesn’t work out for her.

On whether she’d even consider a  pixie cut, AKA J. Law’s latest ‘do:

“For me, my hair is like a shield. I’m actually a pretty shy person by nature. With long hair, you can put your hair down and cover your face. I think a pixie cut is so cute. I just think that everyone that has one is the most courageous person.”

What she really means is, “So cute, I’d just rather die than chop off the one thing that keeps me relevant.” But, you know, snaps for those brave souls.

On whether she uses YouTube to search for makeup tutorials:

“No. I actually didn’t know you could do that. I watch YouTube for lots of dog videos. Have you seen the hound and the orangutan? I want an orangutan so bad. It’s so cute.”

Can this statement be used as evidence to further prove that Blake Lively isn’t the one doing her own makeup? Because the more she insists she does her own hair and makeup the better she looks and the less I believe her story. (Thank God she didn’t mention how she doesn’t use a stylist for the billionth time). Love the bait-and-switch with the orangutan video, which I have never seen and therefore assume that Blake Lively made up on the spot.

On whether she ever changes her perfume:

“When you switch up fragrances, what’s missing is that power. That potion power. That special power. Like when I smell my mom. Or when I smell my sister … it’s like, the most … it’s a superpower! Or a love potion.”

Don’t switch up your perfume, ladies, bad things happen. Also, can you imagine Blake Lively going around and sniffing the girl from Teen Witch? Because apparently that happens in the Lively household. Blake Lively is just a relatable girl who likes to empower herself with Gucci Premiere on the daily.

On chain restaurants in New Jersey:

“You don’t know what Grand Lux is? It’s owned by Cheesecake Factory. It’s not fancy in price or menu. There’s just a lot more gold leafing. Cheesecake Factory is great. It should have Michelin stars.”

“See, I go to restaurants that the masses can afford! I do! Sometimes it’s for the food and not just the gold leafing. Mostly though… it’s the gold leafing”.

On finding pictures of herself on Pinterest:

“Sometimes, it’s weird. If I’m looking [at] hair things, I see, oh, that’s me! That’s so weird!”

Hence why Blake Lively will never get a pixie cut.

On what she considers to be a Lively family holiday tradition:

“Well, eating…”

Blake Lively really likes to do it. Can we get a round of applause for her, please?

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  • elle

    Ugh I actually kind of feel bad for Blake. If you believe any of the BIs about her or even just one, it seems like Ryan is super controlling, and jealous, and wants to keep Blake under his thumb. Some of the quotes from Scarlett after their divorce seem to suggest it’s true. So basically anytime Blake speaks no matter how dumb it sounds I shake my head gently and remind myself of her terrible home life/inability to have a career now.

    • Rita

      You are not informed. In recent interviews Scarlett Johansson admitted that, regrettably, SHE is a controlling person. She also said that she likes a jealous partner because people who are not jealous are not sufficiently emotionally involved. This was taken as a loaded remark directed at Reynolds. As for Blake Lively, if you think she sounds dumb, then you have not seen any video of Scarlett Johansson´s interviews (Ahem, well, you know, I don´t know, etc). As for the inability to have a career, BL will be working in a film soon. Terrible home life … Ah ah ah. I wish I had her terrible, terrible life.

  • HB

    I know you probably love J. Law and really don’t like Blake Lively, but she’s made comments like that for a really long time– long before Jennifer Lawrence became the “reigning cool girl.” I just don’t see why it’s so hard to see these women as humans rather than as objects that live the same lives as their TV characters.

  • Annie

    This is so unnecessarily bitchy… If you don’t like her, which you clearly don’t, then perhaps you could skip writing about how terrible she is and write about something else. While we’re at it, maybe we can stop comparing every single female celebrity to Jennifer Lawrence and subsequently hating on them when they’re just not “cool” or “real” enough? I get that she’s super likable but there can be other types of women… Why are women categorized as either ‘J.Law’ or ‘Goop’ and nothing in between, yet male celebrities aren’t all Jon Hamms or Kanye Wests? I’m really disappointed, I’d expect this on Crushable but not here.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      That is a totally fair point, and it was definitely not my intention with this piece. Like I’ve said earlier, I actually do like Blake Lively, and she does seem like a sweet person through the interviews that I have read. I thought that this interview was funny because it was essentially a recap of all of the things that Blake does that are just normal, everyday things — if anything, I was pointing out just as much about the interviewer as I was about Blake’s responses. Yes, I think some of these responses are a little bit eye-roll worthy, but my intention wasn’t to bash Blake Lively or to shame her for not being as “cool” as J. Law. The title does make it come off that way, and I agree that isn’t right or fair.

    • Annie

      I get it, respect. It really does seem like she’s offering up “humble” things to make herself more relatable. I guess the real problem is that she feels like she has to eat obscene amounts of cheesecake like a damn pleb for people to like her. Side note, it’s super cool of you to respond to these comments in a calm and rational way and engaging in discourse rather than getting defensive.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Thanks Annie, I appreciate it!

    • AB

      LOL. Dude, read your writing. The whole intention of this article is to “bash.”

  • Amy

    It’s crappy posts like this that contribute to the whole “I love her, now I hate her” cycle of female celebrity status. I actually liked JLaw when she came on the scene and she does seem quite nice as a person, but I am so sick to death of her being held up as the MOST AMAZING PERSON EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD and being told she is my secret longed-for BFF and how no other female celebrity will ever compare to her and they should all stop trying. I mean really?!!! She’s a nice girl who makes movies – for those evenings when you’re bored and want something to watch. She’s not curing cancer or saving the world. It’s no wonder people are starting to talk about a backlash. Can we stop turning one young female celebrity into God’s messenger here on Earth and portraying all the others as jealous, fake replicants?

  • Kaitlin Reilly

    I actually like Blake Lively a lot – I just don’t find her particularly relatable. Maybe this is simply her personality shining through in an interview, but to me, this interview seemed like she was really pushing for the “regular girl” image, when, in reality, Blake Lively is kind of a movie star goddess who is married to Ryan Reynolds and has awesome hair. And I agree with the whole J. Law obsession – it’s not fair to compare every woman to her, and I definitely would not want anyone to assume I’m putting women in one box or another. I think it’s easier for people to feel like they relate to a celebrity like Jennifer Lawrence (even though, let’s face it, we probably live lives vastly different from J. Law’s and probably really wouldn’t identify with her as much as we sometimes think we would) than it is to relate to a celebrity like Lively.

    Or, you know, maybe I’m just super jealous of Blake Lively. There’s that.

  • Mei

    This is really….mean and bitchy. And I agree, why do female celebrities always have to be pitted against one another? Also, Blake has always sounded like this as someone who read a lot of interviews with her back when Gossip Girl was big.

  • Millie

    Blake Lively is actually a super down to earth girl! On the gag reel from even the earliest season of Gossip Girl (I was obsessed with that show and I’m not ashamed!) she was always giggling and making silly faces etc. Personally, I think she’s just as down to earth as Jennifer Lawrence, if not more so. Jennifer Lawrence has that kind of “I’m just a small town girl” thing and although she’s undeniably a beautiful girl, it’s a much more achievable type of beauty, if you get what I mean. She’s the type of person if you saw her wearing a specific dress or outfit or wearing a certain type of makeup/hairstyle you’d think – I could wear that! – which is why I think people are more willing to see her as this type of relatable, best-gal-pal type of person. People see Blake Lively as this unattainable level of perfection and therefore cast her out as either bitchy or vacant or dumb or what have you, which is an entire double standard.
    Not hating on you or the article, I definitely get what you mean. A lot of celebs are totally trying to cash in on the “real girl” JLaw kind of image, but I don’t think Blake Lively is one of them.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      I think that was the point I really wanted to make – that Blake Lively, to me, is really very much a typical movie star and it’s harder to relate to her or believe what she is saying (even if everything she is saying is totally true and completely her own personality). I hope she really is down to earth – perhaps she still just has the whole halo glow around her from being a fashion muse and everything that makes it hard to see.
      I’m a huge Gossip Girl fan as well and am basically re-watching the whole series on Netflix (though I have to say I did not care at all for Serena, but that was ALL the way that she was written, not Blake Lively’s fault)

  • Millie

    Blake Lively is actually a super down to earth girl! On the gag reel from even the earliest season of Gossip Girl (I was obsessed with that show and I’m not ashamed!) she was always giggling and making silly faces etc. Personally, I think she’s just as down to earth as Jennifer Lawrence, if not more so. Jennifer Lawrence has that kind of “I’m just a small town girl” thing and although she’s undeniably a beautiful girl, it’s a much more achievable type of beauty, if you get what I mean. She’s the type of person if you saw her wearing a specific dress or outfit or wearing a certain type of makeup/hairstyle you’d think – I could wear that! – which is why I think people are more willing to see her as this type of relatable, best-gal-pal type of person. People see Blake Lively as this unattainable level of perfection and therefore cast her out as either bitchy or vacant or dumb or what have you, which is an entire double standard.
    Not hating on you or the article, I definitely get what you mean. A lot of celebs are totally trying to cash in on the “real girl” JLaw kind of image, but I don’t think Blake Lively is one of them.

  • Jill

    Hater-ade.

  • Di

    This is the most pathetic and poor written thing I’ve ever read. Most of us with half a brain know that Jennifer Lawrence is a giant liar cashing in on the whole real girl appeal. Blake lively is genuine, beautiful, and none of these comments are “trying too hard” or even remotely close to Jennifer Lawrence. This sounds like it was written by a braces wearing overweight jealous middle schooler from behind a computer…grow up

  • Lily

    Support You! She’s so fake like her body

  • Ap

    This is sad. Jennifer Lawrence and Blake Lively are both great actresses. Thanks for the waste of time.