The first episode of Gossip Girl aired almost 10 years ago. As you may recall, the CW hit made waves on Sept. Schwartz and Savage were also the creators and showrunners of The O.
They were looking for something just as exciting to execute after the show's end, and Gossip Girl was just the way to do it. Thanks to the books' fan groups and message boards as well as Lively's popularity in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the creators already had an idea Lively was the girl for the role. But Lively Wasn't So Sure: She wanted to get her degree. Thank you, though,'" Lively recalled. After the first year [of the show], it'll quiet down. Your life will go back to normal and you can start going to school.
We can't put it in writing, but we promise you can go. And then, that was it And Blake was blonde, obviously; Serena had to be blonde. So, [Leighton, who played Blair Waldorf] went to the sink and dyed her hair. Blake knows what's happening. I had this image of her just in these gorgeous dresses with a book in her hand, sort of a little bit out of focus out in the corners. Yet the second they'd be on set together, it's as if they were.
The two—who played Chuck Bass and Nate Crawford—actually lived together in an apartment in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood when the show started filming. They first bonded at an Arctic Monkeys concert.
But not how you'd think. Rather, the reason Westwick was so put together and fashionable was to bring the opposite of Jersey Shore to TV.
Menswear, at that point, was still very Jersey Shore You're not gonna look like some big pansy because you're in a fucking suit, dude. Suck it up, put on the bow tie. Despite often his obvious dislike for the show, Badgley who played Dan Humphrey was very much like his character both on- and off-camera. The on-screen couple dated in real life for three years while filming the show. I don't even know how they did it. They kept it from everybody which is a testament to how good they are as actors.
Because they did not want their personal drama to relate to the show. In fact, they even moved the show's filming to L. Blake was way ahead of the curve. She was documenting her life in photographs in a way that people were not yet doing.
Lively admitted that her real life and the show often crossed boundaries, which only heightened its popularity. In fact, she said she never really felt like she was acting. It almost felt like a sketch show. We were basically sort of reading off of cue cards. There were people taking pictures the whole time and paparazzi jumping in front of the cameras—it felt like we were part of a cultural experiment There was something neat about that.
We didn't understand what was happening, because everything was getting leaked, every detail A teenager, I think either [from] Russia or Bulgaria, had hacked one of the writer's e-mails, and was selling scripts on eBay. But they were underage, so they couldn't be prosecuted. It was a f--king production nightmare. We would have to 'X' out every script.
We would have to print on red paper It was like there was a 'Gossip Girl' in our system. Even though the season finale revealed who'd been signing "xoxo, gossip girl" all those years, Westwick didn't get the memo.
When asked about a potential spin-off series or reunion show , both the producers and the cast didn't completely deny it. If everyone was into it and if the timing was right, you know? I don't want to say, 'No, never. I can't speak for everyone else, but we all owe so much to this show, and I think that it would be silly not to acknowledge that.