Blake Lively has been compared to a young Jessica Lange by writer and director Rebecca Miller.
Gossip Girl star Blake appears in forthcoming movie The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee as the young version of the title character, and the film's director said she wouldn't be surprised if Blake went on to be the next big thing.
Rebecca said: "I don't want to compare her to anyone else because she has her own qualities but there's something about the young Jessica Lange in Blake, with a lot of sensuality and beauty but they are also really substantive actresses."
She continued: "Blake is also very intelligent. So she has this sweetness and an intelligence and a backbone, and a very strong work ethic which I really appreciate because I don't like it when people don't have that.
"And she absolutely held her own - there she was with Alan Arkin, he left that set saying 'this is the best cast film I've done in my life'."
In The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, Blake plays a troubled teen who starts seeing an older man (played by Alan) and even takes part in a lesbian sadomasochistic photoshoot, orchestrated by a character played by Julianne Moore.
Blake, 21, who plays Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl, can also be seen on the big screen in one of the short films that make up New York, I Love You.
:: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which stars Robin Wright Penn as the title character, is out in cinemas on July 10.
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