The Shallows star graces the cover of Marie Claire UK's August issue, and in her interview with the style magazine, she discusses how she and husband Ryan Reynolds plan to raise their kids away from the cameras.
"My husband and I chose a profession and a side effect of that is your personal life is public," the 28-year-old actress explained.
Lively, who is pregnant with baby No. 2, says she wants her 1-year-old daughter, James, to have a sense of normalcy without the pressures of Hollywood.
"Our child hasn't had the opportunity to choose whether or not she wants her personal life to be public or not," she continued. "So in order to give her as much normality as possible, we want her to have a childhood like we had."
"We can't really throw her into the lion's den that is L.A.," she added. "Not that we really want to."
The Café Society star says that after the birth of James, she's tried to remain true to herself and confessed that she’s always had a maternal instinct.
"I've always been innately maternal my whole life," she shared, adding that after becoming a mom, people expect "suddenly a different woman, and I think it strips a woman’s identity in a way that is kind of strange."
She also admitted that family life is so important to her that it weighs heavily on the decisions she makes in regard to her career.
"I’m always ambitious about filmmaking," she said, "But I love my personal life so much – and my family so much – that it takes a lot to make me want to leave the house. Most of the things I do, I fight for. But to want to fight for something? I have to be really stimulated by it."
Lively is busy promoting her latest film, The Shallows, where she portrays a surfer who gets attacked by a shark in a remote location and has to fight to survive.