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Blake Lively: Sex Scenes are Never Comfortable

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Jan. 12 2010, Published 3:27 p.m. ET

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Blake Lively is growing up fast. One day she's the queen of teen drama, Gossip Girl, the next she's filming slightly more adult fare, like a cringe-worthy sex scene in Ben Affleck's new movie The Town.

"I have a sex scene in this film, and that's never comfortable," she tells Esquire magazine.

"You think, 'Oh, that's going to be so awkward.' But this scene isn't supposed to be a steamy one — it's sort of tragic, because this girl is so desperately trying to keep this man interested. It's more intimate than most sex scenes. I'm pretty much crying in it," she says.

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Playing Serena Van der Woodsen on the CW show is less of a challenge. "I can snap into Serena very easily," the 22-year-old says. "The way I dress as Serena is pretty much the way I dress as me. I'm living in New York City, shooting in New York City. I'm in a comfort zone."

Despite finding fame on Gossip Girl, Blake isn't embarrassed to admit she can be something of a super-fan, for instance, when she discovered Penélope Cruz had arrived at the premiere of her new movie The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

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"When somebody said, 'Oh, Penélope just got here,' I laughed. They said, 'Can you take a picture with Penélope and Marion Cotillard?'

"And I just about died. There's no way to articulate what it was like to have these iconic women who — I mean, Penélope Cruz I just think is like it."

But, she's not about to get above herself too soon, her friends will see to that. "I surround myself with people I trust, but ultimately it's my gut. That's what I trust."

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