Blake Lively had the internet buzzing with her Instagram upload at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France when she captioned a photo with the words, “L.A. Face, Oakland Booty.” But she is more than that description as the 28-year-old actress stars in three films set for 2016 release dates and tends to a loving family with husband, Ryan Reynolds.
“All my eggs are in one basket, and that’s my family. That’s where my heart is. That’s where my everything is,” said Lively in an interview with Marie Claire. She graces the July 2016 issue of the magazine. “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.”
Lively and Reynolds married in 2012 and welcomed daughter, James, in 2014. Lively is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child. According to the “Gossip Girl” star, she always knew she should marry Reynolds.
“I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life. That was the biggest thing to me,” she said. “I’d never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him.”
When she isn’t tending to her family and keeping James away from the prodding eyes of the paparazzi (“I’d rather not have to deal with it at all, but we knew the lifestyle we were getting into,”), Lively is starring in films, including “The Shallows,” scheduled for release this month.
The film is about a surfer (Lively) who becomes stranded 200 yards away from shore after an enormous great white shark attacks her, and she must find her way back to shore. The film brings attention to the environment.
“Because of climate change and global warming, what was once in the deep is now in the shallows,” she said. “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. They’re one of the most overfished creatures in the ocean, and it’s important we protect them.”
The Jaume Collet-Serra-directed film hits theaters on June 29.