Blake Lively says she doesn’t want to “play it safe” with her career.

The star shot to fame playing New York socialite Serena Van Der Woodsen on the popular American television show Gossip Girl. Although Blake is grateful to have been given her big break on the small screen, she is keen to prove she is a serious actress and doesn’t want to be typecast.

The star can currently be seen in The Town, in which she plays a drug-addicted single mother alongside Ben Affleck. Blake jumped at the opportunity to take on the challenging role and hopes it will help cement her Hollywood status.

“I’m on a very commercial show, so the last thing I want to do is a commercial movie,” Blake explained in the October issue of Marie Claire magazine. “I wanna take risks, I don’t wanna play it safe. I mean, I could probably make more money if I did more commercial projects. It would be nice to buy an apartment but I’m 22 and I don’t need to yet.

“I live in New York City. So, I’m able to differentiate between what I want and need and what I want more is to do great roles.”

Blake has hinted she is keen to focus on her movie career full-time and has cast doubts over her future on Gossip Girl. Although the star still has a few more seasons left on her contract, she admits she is unsure if the show will last that long.

“We have six-year contracts but who knows how long TV shows ever run,” Blake said. “They don’t always go the full season contracted… We’re in season four.”