Blake Lively has said she's glad she took time off from acting to enjoy time out of the spotlight in the early days of her marriage to Ryan Reynolds.

The pair married in September 2012 and the 26-year-old star told Elle, "Having a personal life has been really nice. I'd been on Gossip Girl ten months a year for six years, shooting 15-hour days, so I hadn't had time to just be since I graduated from high school.

"It's been nice to kind of settle into my own skin and work on things I really love."

Lively is currently filming The Age of Adaline with Harrison Ford in Vancouver, Canada.