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Blake Lively Covers Marie Claire July 2012

Posted Monday June 11, 2012 8:19 AM GMT

With her new movie "Savages" set to hit theaters on July 6th, Blake Lively garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the July 2012 issue of Marie Claire magazine.

The 24-year-old actress looked ravishing in red for the Txema Yeste shot front page while dishing about everything fashion and style-related,

Highlights from Miss Lively's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Marie Claire!

On the public’s perception of her:
“People like to draw parallels between my life and the scandalous stories on Gossip Girl. 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.”

On the hardest part of getting ready for her role in the new film, Savages:
“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.”

On whether there's someone who helps her with her look:
"My assistant will call fashion houses for me, but I always pick the outfit, shoes, jewelry, and a lot of times I do my own hair and makeup for events. Sometimes I think, God, why do I do this to myself? It's so much extra work!"

On why she doesn't seek additional help:
"Because I love fashion. It's such an expression of self. I often see people and they look great, but I can identify who styled them. Every stylist has a signature. Maybe it sounds jerky, but I'm lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show [Gossip Girl]. There's no designer I don't have access to."

On if there anyone's style she's currently obsessing over:
"I love Florence Welch. She's pure magic. I always admire people who make really strong choices. When you do something bold, it's usually because you feel really good in it."

On if wearing revealing outfits shades the public's perception of her:
"People like to draw parallels between my life and the scandalous stories on Gossip Girl. 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."

Photo Credit: Txema Yeste for Marie Claire