In , she played one of the two title characters in Elvis and Anabelle as Anabelle, a bulimic girl who hoped to win a beauty pageant. She played Serena van der Woodsen in the teen drama until when the show ended. Her first magazine cover was the November issue of Cosmo Girl, where she discussed her time in high school and her career prior to Gossip Girl. Similar to the first film, Lively was positively received by critics. Despite positive critical reception from critics, the film did not fare well at the box office.