blake lively 'Gossip Girl's' Blake Lively: 'I grew up at Disneyland'“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 'Gossip Girl's' Blake Lively: 'I grew up at Disneyland'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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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."