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It’s funny to think that nearly a decade ago Blake Lively was doing nothing more than trying to avoid Hollywood. But ever since she appeared on TV screens in Gossip Girl, everyone, including Leonardo DiCaprio, has been under her alluring spell. Fast forward to today where she is married to Ryan Reynolds, has worked with many talented, Oscar-winning directors like Oliver Stone and Ben Affleck, and just this past summer she launched her lifestyle website, Preserve.

Amid all of the craziness that is her life, Blake sat down with FASHION Magazine where she dished her initial avoidance of the industry, cakes, and her first post-Gossip Girl movie.

On avoiding Hollywood: 

“It was never that I didn’t want to be an actor because I thought it was a bad industry. It was just that my whole family did it and I wanted to do something different. I was the youngest of five kids and I wanted to create my own path and my own sort of legacy.”

On the power of baking: 

“She just created a whole life, a personality out of this thing. It was very much art and a celebration, and it made every holiday so special. I would be so proud when she would bring them into my class, and all of the kids in school would just freak out. She would let other kids help decorate too. And I suffer from the opposite, I’m very precious about it, it has to be perfect.”

On Age of Adaline:

“I really wanted some time to myself and to focus on other things that I loved, so that when I did it again I would be really re-invigorated. And it took a movie that I really couldn’t say ‘no’ to, you know, because there’s plenty that I would have done, but it was really important to have that time. So when I read that one, I said, ‘I can’t not be in this movie, I have to do this movie.’”

To find out more pick up the FASHION Magazine October 2014 issue, available on newsstands September 15.