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OTRC: Blake Lively of 'Gossip Girl' debuts red hair - what do you think?

Blake Lively debuted new red locks at the 2011 Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in New York.

"It's for the film Hick," Lively told People magazine. "I thought [my character] needed red hair. It helps when you're playing a role, when I don't feel like myself. And I don't really feel like myself with red hair." The actress also told the magazine that she feels like Ariel, from Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

"Hick" tells the story of a Nebraska teenager who "gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas." It also stars Chloe Moretz ("Kick-Ass"), Alec Baldwin and Rory Culkin (Scream 4).

Blake Lively became the stand-out actress in CW's 'Gossip Girl' and has since caught the eye of directors and fashion heavy-weights like Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. Lively was made the face of the French fashion house Chanel, an honor which is rarely given to American actresses.

"Every now and then, an actor or actress manages to somehow channel the vitality of youth - that indefinable, natural, unprocessed glamour full of possibility and filled with anticipation for an endless future," director Baz Luhrman wrote of the actress in Time magazine.

What do you think of the new look, can she pull off being redhead? Vote in our poll.

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