Blake Lively Blasts Comparisons Between Her Real Life and ‘Gossip Girl’ Character (PHOTO)

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Blake Lively is red-hot on the cover of Marie Claire’s July 2012 issue.

The 24-year-old blonde beauty sports a crimson Balmain designer suit dress – with a dangerously plunging neckline for good measure.

In the mag, Lively dishes about the public’s perception of her, her latest blockbuster Savages and what kind of man turns her on.

“It’s definitely attractive when a man can dress well,” Lively says. “What I love most is when someone, guy or girl, is effortless and has this old-timey sort of feel [that] you could take a snapshot of them and they could exist in any time period.”

Does her beau Ryan Reynolds measure up?

The actress’ current arm candy certainly fits that bill – she’s been dating her sexy (and very well-dressed) Green Lantern co-star, Ryan Reynolds, since fall 2011.  Rumors that the relationship is serious are running rampant: The two have been spotted vacationing together all over the world, and most recently, they had dinner with Reynolds’ family in his hometown of

Boys aside, the 24-year-old also made a point of differentiating herself from her TV character, Serena van der Woodsen.

“People like to draw parallels between my life and the scandalous stories on Gossip Girl,” she says. “I dress the same as my character, so they think, she lives this life on and off set. I recently shared how many boyfriends I’ve had [four], and people were like, ‘That’s impossible!’ But it’s true. I’ve been with very few people. If I’m not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I’d rather be by myself.”

Another difference between Lively and her on-screen character: she’s a lot more dangerous in real life., “I went to the gun range and learned how to shoot a gun for the first time. It was awful. I asked myself, ‘Why were these things ever invented? But I did feel good that my first three shots were straight to the heart. It’s good to know – don’t mess with me in a gun battle.”

For more on Blake pick up the latest issue of Marie Claire on newsstands June 19 and see her on the big screen come July 6 in Savages (trailer below).