In an interview in the latest issue of British Vogue, the 26-year-old actress revealed that she's founded her own company that will feed a multitude of interests she's had beyond acting—from which she's just returning after a year-long hiatus.
"It's something that will be launching in a few months and that I'm really, really thrilled about," Lively told the magazine. "The main element of it is that it's about storytelling and it's about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There's nothing like it out there—it's without a genre."
The blond bombshell added that the business was an opportunity to expand her brand beyond her day job.
"I have so many passions outside of acting and things that I grew up being good at and that I don't utilize when acting," she said. "Acting was something that my family did so I just kind of got into it by default, but there was so much that I cultivated, thinking that I wouldn't be an actor."
Speaking of which, during her year off following the end of the CW's Gossip Girl, Lively indulged those passions big time—such as designing a custom La Cornue oven for her and Reynold's newly purchased Bedford, NY home, and filming a cooking segment for Vogue's website.
But now she says she's ready to get back in front of the camera.
"A lot has changed for me in the last year! I got married [to Green Lantern costar Ryan Reynolds], I finished Gossip Girl after six years, I had my first break in a while and I've been working on this company…it has been nice to have a separation from my show," she confessed. "The first film I did coming out of Gossip Girl, I wanted to it to be different from anything I've ever done but also representative of where I want to go, because now I'm in a different place."
Blake's last big-screen appearance came in Oliver Stone's 2012 drug thriller, Savages, but she hinted that her next film project will allow her to stretch out in ways her fans haven't seen before. And the best part? She'll get to wear some really cool retro clothes.
"When I was doing Gossip Girl, I had these short breaks where I could play a character on weekends, but there's a movie I'm really excited about that I'll be doing this winter and one of the most enticing parts of it is that it spans from the 1900s until now," Lively said. "The fashion is amazing, and my character gets to experience all of the different time periods and tell the story through fashion. It's not a movie about fashion, but it's an integral part of who she is and the whole story."
Not unlike her budding transformation into a mogul?