Blake Lively's February cover of Esquire is out, coinciding perfectly with the news that she won the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Green Lantern. There was a rather public casting process for the coveted role, with established actresses like Jennifer Garner, Diane Kruger, and Keri Russell allegedly also in the running.
Blake Lively became a household name due to her small screen work in Gossip Girl, though she's starting to cross over into major film territory with her latest role and appearances in The Town and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. It might be hard to stop seeing Blake as Serena van der Woodsen — even Blake herself says, "I can snap into Serena very easily . . . the way I dress as Serena is pretty much the way I dress as me. I'm living in New York City, shooting in New York City. I'm in a comfort zone." So tell us what you think — are you excited to see Blake Lively getting bigger roles?