As a child, Lively was homeschooled (one of her homeschool classmates was actor Penn Badgley). Lively attended Burbank High School in Burbank where she participated in the National Show Choir, was senior class president and a cheerleader. Lively stated in a interview for the August 2008 Seventeen magazine that she attended thirteen schools. Lively has said that she was not initially interested in acting. She wanted to attend Stanford University, but during the summer between her junior and senior year of high school, her brother made his agent send her out on a few auditions. Of the two auditions, she got the role of Bridget for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.