Blake Lively wears multiple hats: actor, fashionista, entrepreneur. Now, the 26-year-old is adding philanthropist to her resume. Covering the September issue of Marie Claire, Lively opens up about her new role and the importance of doing good.

Take for instance, the fact that Lively has signed up as the face of Gucci’s Premiere fragrance primarily because of the brand’s charity work. By Lively being the face of the perfume, through Gucci’s Chime for Change initiative, which funds nearly 300 projects, the chances of the perfume selling (and then donating $5 for every purchase) one would assume will increase tremendously.  “I was so excited, because I knew [Gucci] could help me realize some of the desires I had,” Lively said. She said with other organizations, it isn’t easy to see the impact you’re making. “You can send them your donation, but it’s hard to track the progress of what you’ve given, so it’s hard to stay emotionally invested.”

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Lively is also working on a documentary with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn about sex trafficking for PBS. “I don’t pretend to speak for anyone, but my feeling is that the general consensus in the United States is that [sex trafficking] is elective here–that when women are prostituting themselves, it’s their choice. But what you realize when you start talking to these young women is that they’re in emotional chains.”

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It’s good to see Lively using her fame to help those less fortunate, proving once again that she’s more than a pretty face. But, just be reminded, sometimes she does like to do nothing but hang out with her husband, Ryan Reynolds“We’ve never gone a week without seeing each other. There’s no major decision that I make without him. The best part is when we turn off our phones and just talk and hang out. He’s my best, best friend. What do you do with your best friend? You do nothing.”

Head over to Marie Claire to read more with Blake Lively, and be sure to pick up your copy of the September issue on newsstands August 19th.