Blake Lively looks stunning on Marie Claire's July 2012 cover. The magazine got the chance to chat with the actress about her role in the upcoming thriller 'Savages', public's perception of her, her deep love of fashion and not having a stylist. Have a nosey at some highlights from her interview!

Boy oh boy, yet another super-cool cover for lovely Blake Lively! This time, the 24-year-old actress graces Marie Claire's July 2012 issue looking stunning as usual. In the accompanying interview, Lively opens up and talks about her role in the upcoming thriller 'Savages', public's perception of her, and not having professional help when it comes to her fashion choices. But why doesn't she need a stylist?
"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," she says.

Still, doesn't she have an adviser or friend who helps her? "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," the actress told the magazine.

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Asked whether there is anyone's style she's currently obsessing over, Lively admitted that, "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."

Blake has a figure allowing her to pull off more daring looks, but does the actress believe that this might change people'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," Lively told Marie Claire.

Speaking about preparing for her role in 'Savages', the young starlet reveals that, "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."

In her interview with the magazine's July 2012 issue, Blake confesses that she loves to cook for her family. "I always feel the most alive when I'm with my family and also when I'm cooking," she says. The actress also reveals her biggest guilty pleasure. "A chocolate is probably my biggest guilty pleasure. I mean, I don't stop eating chocolate," she admits.

Read Blake’s full interview in the July issue of Marie Claire hitting newsstands on June 19.

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