Yes, Blake Lively Likes Having A Personal Life

03/21/2014 12:49 pm ET

Blake Lively might have starred on a show called "Gossip Girl," but that doesn't mean she is one.

The 26-year-old beauty stepped out of the limelight and took a yearlong break from acting after marrying Ryan Reynolds in 2012 and wrapping up her run as Serena van der Woodsen on the CW series.

“Having a personal life has been really nice," Lively said in Elle's April 2014 issue. "I’d been on Gossip Girl 10 months a year for six years, shooting 15-hour days, so I hadn’t had time to just be since I graduated from high school. It’s been nice to kind of settle into my own skin and work on things I really love.”

One of those things is fashion. Lively was named the face of the Gucci Première fragrance back in 2012 and has since been working with the fashion house on the Chime for Change charity initiative benefitting women. She is also set to launch her own GOOP-esque lifestyle brand.

These days, Lively is back at work and pulling all-nighters on the set of "The Age of Adaline," E! News reports. She has been spotted filming the period piece in Vancouver. While the fashion is a far cry from her "Gossip Girl" character Serena, Lively's own style has transformed throughout the years, too.

“The older I get, I guess I wear less sparkles," she told Elle. "And I know that someday my knees are going to look like elephant knees. But for now, my hemlines are still pretty high.”

Read Lively's full interview in the April 2014 issue of Elle, on newsstands March 25.

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