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Blake Lively has been cast as a bad girl in the upcoming movie, Savages, and the Gossip Girl actress says making the transition into darker territory was less than pleasant.

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"This movie was terrifying in so many ways — it’s so graphic, it’s so violent — and [my character] experiences such an arc,” she told Celebuzz.com at the Savages press conference in L.A. ”It’s challenging as an actor and it’s also challenging as a person, you know?”

In the flick, Blake plays "a modern girl" with two boyfriends (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson) who grow pot. She gets kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, and the men — who are okay with each other, as their shared relationship is of the polyamorous kind — team up to find her.

"The love is so untraditional," she said. "These are three people who don’t have a family, who are creating a family within each other. That’s what I was really drawn to in this story is all of the love — the love between my character and the boys."

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John Travolta plays a federal agent, while Salma Hayek heads up the Mexican cartel with Benecio del Toro as her underling.

Savages hit theaters on July 6.

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