'Gossip Girl' Blake Lively On Public Perception

By CHANDRA PRICE

"Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively graces the cover of the July issue of Marie Claire, dishing about everything from public perception to her new film, "Savages", inside the magazine.

“People like to draw parallels between my life and the scandalous stories on Gossip Girl," she reveals. "I dress the same as my character, so they think, 'she lives this life on and off set.'"

While her main squeeze right now is Ryan Reynolds, Blake admits that she's actually had very few real-life boyfriends: "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."

The 24-year-old stunner is clearly comfortable in her own skin, admitting that "if I’m not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I’d rather be by myself.”

Meanwhile, from romance to violence, Blake talks about learning how to shoot a gun for the first time for her role in her new flick, "Savages". "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.”

You can pick up the magazine when it hits newsstands on Tuesday, June 19 and read more of Blake's interview at MarieClaire.com!