updated 09/11/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/11/2012 AT 11:15 AM ET
Lively positively glows in the accompanying photos, and no wonder. The Gossip Girl actress is in demand in Hollywood, and she’s in love.
That means being open to experiences, and not getting caught up in typical Hollywood obsessions – like compulsively managing one’s weight.
“I obviously have plenty of imperfections on my body,” she says, “but I’d rather have a little bit of cellulite and go do a food trip and try every ice cream place in the South.”