'Gossip Girl's' Blake Lively: 'I grew up at Disneyland'

blake-lively.jpg "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively is gracing the cover of this month's Marie Claire -- she talks about being Southern in Los Angeles, early acting classes and growing up at Disneyland.

Do you think of yourself as Southern, even though you grew up in L.A.? I think there's a Southern girl lurking in you.
I grew up in L.A., but I was the only one in my family born there. I have a tight-knit Southern family, so whenever I tell people I'm from L.A., they say, "Yeah, but you don't count," I guess because of the Southern values I was raised with, and the way I eat--the more sugary and cheesy and fried, the better.

blake-lively2.jpg Did you ever study acting?
Well, my parents taught an acting class when I was growing up, and because I never had a babysitter, I would end up at them. When I got older, I knew all the drills so well that I felt fine getting up on stage. Without them, I'd still probably be hiding under my mom's skirt.

What's your first memory?
Oh, geez, I remember I was about 3 years old, and I woke up--we were staying at Disneyland. I was in a little pink silk bed, and there were Mickey and Donald and Goofy looking down at me. It was the most exciting place in the world. I kind of feel like I grew up at Disneyland.

What do you mean, you grew up in Disneyland?

My mom would take me there twice a week. I did well in school, so I guess my mom just wanted to have some extra time to bond with me. Sometimes, when I was older, she'd keep me out till 1 in the morning.

Awww, of course Blake Lively grew up at Disneyland. She's like Princess Aurora come to life!

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