Blake Lively: My Mom Enrolled Me in First Grade When I Was "Only 3-Years-Old"

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Blake Lively: My Mom Enrolled Me in First Grade When I Was "Only 3-Years-Old"

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13: Actress Blake Lively attends the "Where The Wild Things Are" premiere at Alice Tully Hall on October 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Blake Lively

Blake Lively might be at the top of her game now – but when the "Gossip Girl" star was 3 years old, her teacher thought she was struggling with a learning disability – but only because her mom lied about her age.

"When I was only 3 years old, my mom enrolled me in the first grade. My older brother was supposed to start school, but he didn't want to go alone, so my mom told them I was 6 since I was so tall," Blake said in an interview with Marie Claire in it's December issue. "But after a few weeks, they said they would have to put me in mentally disabled classes because I wasn't up to pace with the rest of the kids."

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The actress said her toddler instinct to for naptime wasn't welcomed in her first grade class.

"They thought that I was slow because all I wanted to do was sleep while the other kids were doing their projects," she said with a laugh. "So my mom took me out of school."

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Blake's mom might have caused concern when she lied about her daughter's age, but she made up for it with frequent childhood trips to Disneyland.

"I kind of feel like I grew up at Disneyland," Blake explained. "My mom would take me there twice a week. I did well in school, so I guess my mom just wanted to have some extra time to bond with me. Sometimes, when I was older, she'd keep me out till one in the morning. We only stayed out late on weekends. We'd get a hotel room and then go to Denny's, drink coffee, and talk for hours."

Blake says her late night adventures with her mom have helped her to become a better actress.

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"I've always been a night owl. Even at home, we'd stay up all night talking. My mom tells the most amazing stories," she told the mag. "In a way, she was kind of raising me to be a great actress without even realizing it."

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