Blake Lively Didn’t Want to Be an Actress

Sometimes you just want to do your own thing.

Cover girl Blake Lively opens up about her happy family with Ryan Reynolds in the July issue of Marie Claire. “All my eggs are in one basket, and that’s my family,” says the actress. “That’s where my heart is. That’s where my everything is.”

Ahead of the release The Shallows, her upcoming thriller that also comments on the status of the environment, Lively explains the importance of protecting our wildlife.

“The danger with a film like this is that it taps into primal fear, but it can also unfairly villainize this amazing creature intrinsic to our well-being,” she says. “They’re one of the most overfished creatures in the ocean, and it’s important we protect them.”

Lively is also protective of her 15-month-old daughter James, noting that she’d “rather not deal with” raising her in the wake of the paparazzi. She also reveals that she was initially repelled by the idea of entering the entertainment industry despite the rest of her family’s pursuits in building acting careers.

“I didn’t want to be an actor because they were all doing it. When you’re the youngest of five kids, you think, Who am I? If this is who they are, and they’re shaping who I am so much, then who would I be?” says Lively. “You strive for your own identity.”

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CREDIT: Beau Grealy for 'Marie Claire'

Pick up Lively’s copy of Marie Claire when it hits newsstands on June 21.