Why Blake Lively Worried She'd Be Labeled a 'Diva' If She Stuck Up for Herself More as a Young Actress
The actress remained quiet about her own problems.
- byMike Miller
As a rising star in Hollywood, Blake Lively worried that she would be labeled a “diva” just for speaking out in her own interests.
“I think that sometimes you’re not encouraged to stand up for yourself,” the actress, 30, told PEOPLE.
“It doesn’t even mean in really dramatic ways,” she added. “That just means that if you’re working too many hours, or you aren’t being paid what someone else at your work level is being paid, or if you’re being treated differently than someone else on the crew, or whoever.”
While Lively says she was always “passionate” about “standing up” for others, when it came to her own problems, she sometimes remained quiet.
“I didn’t feel like I could fight for myself in the same way, because I was afraid of coming across as a diva or difficult or demanding,” she explains.
“As a woman, you’re afraid of a label you may acquire by demanding fair treatment for yourself that you know that you’ve earned,” she added.
Lively got her start in the business at age 10, starring in the 1998 filmSandman, which was directed by her father. She next appeared in 2005’sThe Sisterhood of Traveling Pantsbefore nabbing the lead role inGossip Girl(2007-2012), which made her a household name.
If she could give her younger self any advice, Lively says, “I’d encourage myself to love myself and fight for myself, as hard as I fought for other people.”
Lively’s new film All I See Is Youhits theaters Oct. 27.