‘To be around me, you must love food or I’m the most obnoxious person you’ve ever met,’ she explained.
‘I’m in a big cooking phase. That’s all I talk about. If you went to my house and didn’t know who it belonged to, you would not think it belonged to an actress.
‘There’s no memorabilia from my career, no showbizzy pictures on the wall. You would think it was the house of a cooking obsessive. I even have a special area set aside just for baking cupcakes.’
However, despite indulging in her favourite past time, Lively admitted that the secret to her staying slim is simply her age, saying: ‘Being 25 years old!’
She added: ‘That and a good metabolism. I could lie and put it down to dog walking, but you would be well within your rights to call my bluff: my dog weighs three pounds. I take six steps and she’s done for. In a few more years, I’ll need to have a new secret, as in an incredibly strict diet regime.’
Wearing a black leather basque and a matching crochet skirt in the exclusive photo shoot with the magazine, it’s clear to see that Lively has inherited good genes.
The actress has a family who all work in the industry, including her mother who is a talent manager.
‘Having family in the industry took all of the glitz and glamour out of it,’ she said.
‘While it’s a good job, and one that they all love, it’s just a job. It isn’t a lifestyle. Hollywood is only as much of your life as you let it be. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the spotlight. The more I’m in it, the more uncomfortable I am.’
Lively added that she wants ‘the kids in my family to experience normality’ so when she’s out and about with them, she tries to protect them from the attention she gets.
‘If someone comes up to me and asks for a picture, I’ll tell the children that I make really great cupcakes and that’s why they’ve heard about me.’
However, it’s not always so easy to brush off the attention and Lively added that ‘Twitter is making going out on a date trickier.’
Speaking about the social media network, she said: ‘I’m sure fans think they’re doing something sweet when they Tweet, “Look! I’m in the same restaurant as Blake Lively!”
‘For me, the reality is that word soon gets round about where I am, a bunch of people gather outside and then the paps start their chase. ’While nobody has any bad intentions, it makes it tougher to be anonymous.’
However, the tables were turned when the blonde star was in London recently.
After remaining in her hotel for most of her stay – due to the rain – Lively decided to venture out for dinner.
‘After I’d arrived, I was told a bunch of paparazzi had showed up. I thought, “That’s so weird. I’ve been left alone most of my stay – why are they bothering me now?” But then someone told me it was because Victoria Beckham was in the same restaurant,’ she explained.
Lively opted against bothering her while she was eating, but when she found out the rest of the Spice Girls were there too, she couldn’t resist.
‘I was like, I definitely need to say hello! So, there you have it, I got to hang out with the Spice Girls. It was my lifelong dream. That’s it now. I can quit.’