NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13: Actress Blake Lively attends the "Where The Wild Things Are" premiere at Alice Tully Hall on October 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Blake Lively
Blake Lively might be at the top of her game now – but when the "Gossip Girl" star was 3 years old, her teacher thought she was struggling with a learning disability – but only because her mom lied about her age.
"When I was only 3 years old, my mom enrolled me in the first grade. My older brother was supposed to start school, but he didn't want to go alone, so my mom told them I was 6 since I was so tall," Blake said in an interview with Marie Claire in it's December issue. "But after a few weeks, they said they would have to put me in mentally disabled classes because I wasn't up to pace with the rest of the kids."
The actress said her toddler instinct to for naptime wasn't welcomed in her first grade class.
"They thought that I was slow because all I wanted to do was sleep while the other kids were doing their projects," she said with a laugh. "So my mom took me out of school."
Blake's mom might have caused concern when she lied about her daughter's age, but she made up for it with frequent childhood trips to Disneyland.
"I kind of feel like I grew up at Disneyland," Blake explained. "My mom would take me there twice a week. I did well in school, so I guess my mom just wanted to have some extra time to bond with me. Sometimes, when I was older, she'd keep me out till one in the morning. We only stayed out late on weekends. We'd get a hotel room and then go to Denny's, drink coffee, and talk for hours."
Blake says her late night adventures with her mom have helped her to become a better actress.
"I've always been a night owl. Even at home, we'd stay up all night talking. My mom tells the most amazing stories," she told the mag. "In a way, she was kind of raising me to be a great actress without even realizing it."