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Blake Lively, Today

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Blake Lively was positively glowing on NBC's Today Monday.

The 28-year-old actress, who is expecting Baby No. 2 with husband Ryan Reynolds, beamed as she gushed about their 2-year-old daughter, James Reynolds. "She's always doing something fun and exciting," Blake said. "She's the most fun, funny human being I've ever been around in my life." James will likely have many siblings. "I'm one of five kids; my husband's one of four," Blake explained, hinting that she plans to have more kids in quick succession. "We're officially breeders," she joked. "You can go on our website and we will give you some of our children."

Baby talk aside, Blake was on the show to promote her movie The Shallows, in theaters Friday. She plays a surfer who's stranded between a rock and the shore, thanks to great white shark. Blake was inspired to take on the role after seeing her husband do something similar. "He did a film called Buried where he's in a coffin the entire time. That was, I think, probably even harder to do because you have to carry the movie in a box," she told Today's Savannah Guthrie. "At least I got beautiful settings and a shark and all these things to help me! But an isolation film is tough. It's you the whole time and your imagination. I don't know. I hope people like it."

Blake described it as a "fun" shoot, saying, "We shot in this beautiful island—Lord Howe Island. No one's ever shot there before. It was pristine and amazing. And then the rest of it was basically in a giant swimming pool." Unlike her character, though, she isn't afraid of sharks. "I actually had an amazing experience," she recalled. "I went diving with great white sharks and an incredible shark conservationist. Being in the water amongst them, it suddenly takes away that fear, because you see them in movies and they're villainized and all of that, but when you're in their habitat, you see that they're not actually hunting you, you know? They're just in the sea."

In The Shallows, though, the shark is the enemy. "Because of global warming, sharks are pushed closer to shore. She's attacked, and you think of a shark attack being in the deep ocean. But it's almost scarier when the shore is right there and it's just so close," Blake said. "It comes in handy that she's a medical student. I think that she's not necessarily the most resourceful person to start, but it just shows the human's ability to survive when you're faced with life or death."

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