Blake Lively can add one more item to her resumé: inspirational White House speaker.

First Lady Michelle Obama invited the Gossip Girl actress to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Friday to speak to a gathered group of high school students interested to learn more about careers in film.

Lively, 26, joined Whoopi Goldberg, Naomie Harris, Harvey Weinstein and others to shed light on the realities of working in the film industry.

According to US News & World Report, Lively’s insights stood out when she frankly revealed that her high school did not let her walk at graduation because she missed too many days of school to film her breakout role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

“They didn’t let me do that because they wanted to shut me down,” she told the students, per US News, which also reported that years later the school asked the star to speak at graduation. She said no.

Lively, who wed Ryan Reynolds last year also told the students that despite her showbiz roots, her first goal was to attend an Ivy League college.

“It was the only thing I knew I didn’t want to do,” she said of a career in Hollywood. “I wanted to get a great education.”

Lively, who was class president and a cheerleader, admitted she has yet to achieve that dream.

“If I could, I would go back and I would go to college,” she said.

But things obviously worked out for Lively, particularly after she landed the lead on Gossip Girl.

“I thought I tricked them,” she said of getting the part. “I was excited to get free food on set.”


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Appearances: 2013: November 8 – Michelle Obama Hosts Workshop On Careers In Film At The White House

As if being married to Sexist Man Alive Ryan Reynolds weren’t enough, Blake Lively insists that she doesn’t have to suffer for her fabulous figure.

When asked if she follows a fitness routine, Lively said, “None!”

“I’m lucky to have an active lifestyle,” she says to Vogue Paris. “I’m always on the go. I don’t need to have a [trainer] or pay attention to what I eat. I can’t start my day without a cup of hot milk chocolate or finish without crunching a few dark chocolate squares. It’s good for my morale.”

But any lack of calorie counting certainly isn’t hurting her career. L’Oreal Paris recently announced that Lively will be their new global spokesperson and will appear in ads for cosmetics, hair care and hair color.


I have also replaced most of the MQ photos with HQ versions now.

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Appearances: 2013: October 29 – Announcement Of The New Egerie L’Oreal Paris : Blake Lively x 033

Yesterday it was anncounced that Blake is the new face of L’Oreal Paris and she is talking to Australia’s Cosmo magazine. She covers their December issue. Click  for a full size view of her cover!