Blake Lively: Marie Claire July 2012 Cover Girl [PHOTO]

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Blake Lively likes “effortlessly” fashionable men. The 24-year-old actress, who is dating actor Ryan Reynolds, finds guys who are well groomed very attractive and particularly likes those with a timeless sense of style.

Here are some highlights from her interview with Marie Claire.

On how she likes her men: “It’s definitely attractive when a man can dress well. What I love most is when someone, guy or girl, is effortless and has this old-timey sort of feel [that] you could take a snapshot of them and they could exist in any time period.”

On her personal style: My assistant will call fashion houses for me, but I always pick the outfit, shoes, jewelry, and a lot of times I do my own hair and makeup for events. Sometimes I think, God, why do I do this to myself? It’s so much extra work! 

On the public’s perception of her: “People like to draw parallels between my life and the scandalous stories on Gossip Girl. I dress the same as my character, so they think, She lives this life on and off set. I recently shared how many boyfriends I’ve had [four], and people were like, “That’s impossible!” But it’s true. I’ve been with very few people. If I’m not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I’d rather be by myself.”

On the hardest part of getting ready for her role in the new film, Savages: “I went to the gun range and learned how to shoot a gun for the first time. It was awful. I asked myself, Why were these things ever invented? But I did feel good that my first three shots were straight to the heart. It’s good to know – don’t mess with me in a gun battle.”

Read Blake’s full interview when the July issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands on June 19. Check out footage from Blake’s cover shoot.