Blake Lively Talks Being 'Protective' of Her Family, Says Daughter James Was Ryan Reynolds' 'Doppelganger for
By Rachel McRady
Though she made a name for herself sharing secrets on Gossip Girl, Blake Lively has no intention of making her personal life public. The 28-year-old pregnant actress opened up in a rare interview for Marie Claire’s July issue about her baby daughter and husband, Ryan Reynolds.
Revealing that baby James was Reynolds’ “doppelganger for the first six months,” Lively said that her now 18-month-old is starting to get some of Lively’s features.
“She has my clammy hands!” she told the magazine. “And my heavy eyelids, my meaty eyelids.”
And though both she and Reynolds are often thrust into the spotlight due to the nature of their work, Lively admits she does her best to shield her daughter from the limelight.
“My family: That's the thing that I feel most protective of and the thing that I feel is the most exposed when I feel exploited,” she said. "I'd rather not have to deal with it at all, but we knew the lifestyle we were getting into, and while it's hard… it's another thing when it's our child. She didn't have the opportunity to make a decision about what she wants."
Luckily, she has the perfect partner in Reynolds, whom she secretly wed in 2012.
"I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life. That was the biggest thing to me,” she said of the actor. “I'd never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him."
And while Lively was born into a family of actors, she plans to raise her children in a “normal” environment.
"Ryan had a nice, normal upbringing, and we want our kids to have the same normal life that we had,” she said. “We don't ever want to rob them of what we had, because we'd feel really selfish."