I have uploaded new promotional photoshoots of Leighton Meester for “Jimmy Choo” Spring/Summer 2015 collection to the gallery.
Leighton Meester looks great in her glam rock style with dark red lipstick as she is featured on the November cover of Nylon magazine.
Before you read our cover story on actress and musician Leighton Meester, remember: This is not about Blair. Yes, the Ft. Worth-born, LA-based gal recognized Gossip Girl is her claim to fame, but in actuality, Meester’s actual, IRL tale is far more interesting. From her tough beginning, Meester has become a refined, inspirational young woman who is totally transcending not just Blair Waldorf, but Hollywood as a whole.
With a pop-influenced rock album set to release tomorrow, a stint on Broadway, and a starring role in the forthcoming romantic comedy Life Partners, it’s safe to say that Meester has entered a whole new universe as a Hollywood starlet—and as a voice to be reckoned with.
Scoop up NYLON’s November 2014 issue, on newsstands 11/4!
On Gossip Girl:
“I started the show when I was so young, and once it was over, I wanted to do things that were more exciting and challenging and more me—more my adult taste. Of course, that’s said with nothing but gratitude and love for that experience in that time of my life.”
On roles for women in Hollywood:
“As far as scripts go, the roles of women standing alone on their own as whole, real, full people are few and far between. So with both of those roles [Life Partners and Like Sunday, Like Rain], what I loved is that neither of them are centered around romantic relationships. They’re flawed, real human beings that I could bread down and really enjoy playing. They’re like me, in a way.”
On approaching 30:
“Most people I know are starting to get married. It’ll be kids next. I like the grown-up stuff. I like having a house. I’ve got dogs.”
Step aside, Taylor Swift! Leighton Meester alluded to a “stupid” breakup during an intimate performance and Q&A at the Apple Store in Soho, NYC on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The Gossip Girl alum, promoting the release of her new album, explained to the crowd why she titled the record — and its eponymous single — Heartstrings.
“The song ‘Heartstrings’ is really special to me,” said Meester, 28, who looked pretty after being primped by DreamDry and Caption Nails. “It’s really more of a very visual: It represents the feeling of the rest of the record. It’s about hiding your feelings and smiling and pretending that you’re happy when you’re not. Actually, I’d say that it represents most of the record, because that’s what it’s about. It’s about just sort of tying your heartstrings off — not allowing yourself to be vulnerable.”
Now happily married to Adam Brody, Meester said the record was inspired by a split she endured years ago. “It used to be about some stupid breakup that I had when I was 25 or earlier,” she confessed. “But it was stupid, and I was like, ‘I have to write a song about this!’ Now, it really does have more meaning. At the time it was like,’ Screw you, I don’t care about you anymore, and it’s not going to happen! Joker.'”
She failed to mention names, but there are a few Hollywood hunks she could be referring to. The singer dated her Gossip Girl costar Sebastian Stan for two years before splitting — at age 24 — in 2010. The actress described the breakup as “really hard” and “really sad” while speaking to Seventeen magazine in December 2010. “I want a family someday,” Meester told the magazine, long before she married Brody in a top-secret ceremony in 2014. “I think there is someone out there for me,” she mused to Seventeen, “but I’m not on some crazy hunt for that right now.” She was also briefly linked to her Country Strong costar Garrett Hedlund in early 2012.
Fast-forwarding to 2014, Meester reflected that her new album was a more accurate reflection of her growth — in her personal life and career. “It’s more about coming to realize — especially growing up (and I feel like I’ve done a lot of that the last couple of years) — a juxtaposition between my day job and [my music career],” she attempted to explain on Tuesday. “No matter what you’re going through, you have to embody another character,” she said specifically of portraying Blair Waldorf. “Which can be fun, but it also can be tiring.”
Along with ‘Heartstrings,’ Meester said another single, ‘L.A.,’ represented a time in her 20s when things were very surface. “It sounds really happy, and it’s really sort of sweet — poppy, chimey and light — even the lyrics seem like it’s about something kind of nice,” she said of the single. “But it’s totally fake. It’s totally sarcastic. It’s called ‘L.A.,’ and it’s about living in L.A., and being like, ‘Oh look, I’m an adult. I have material things. I have a home and friends and I’m a grown up! But I’m just desperately lonely,'” she reflected of her past. “So thats what that’s about.”
As for life after Gossip Girl? “It seems like an instant and a million years [ago],” said Meester. “A lot has happened, mostly good.”
For the multi-hyphenate, singing and songwriting has been a deeply “personal” process. “When you’re acting, especially if you have any bit of recognition, all you ever do is try not to talk about your personal life and that’s all people want to talk about,” Meester said. “But this is very personal. As much as it’s about my specific circumstances, I try and put it into words that hopefully other people understand. And you get that feeling when you go through something, especially when its painful, or good for that matter, but mostly painful — that nobody understands. But the truth is that everyone has been through it and you’re not that special, so that’s mostly what it’s about.”
It’s about time media magazine put Leighton as their cover girl! Just today, Leighton finally graces the cover of InStyle magazine, November issue. I know you are excited so am I. Kudos to InStyle for doing so!
FYI, Leighton will be releasing her new album pretty soon and single, ‘Heartstrings’ which is written by Leighton herself and producer Jeff Trot will be out on Oct 28th. In case you missed out, listen to the clip of the song after photos cut. Loving the rhymes <3
1. She’s releasing her debut album: ‘My favourite thing – at least as far as the music goes, and now, actually, with acting, too – is performing live. It’s so fun.’
2. She keeps her wardrobe at a minimal. She has, as she puts it, ‘a core of, like, five things that I wear all the time and know are good.’
3. It’s still a pinch me moment that she got to play Curly’s wife in the Broadway Of Mice & Men revival. ‘Man, I really lucked out, the fact that I could spend six months on this compact, beautiful story that never grows old.’
4. She doesn’t regret making a record with Robin Thicke in 2009. ‘It was fun, but it wasn’t at all me. I guess I can look back and say everything happens because you learn from it and you’re better for it.’
5. Life is more important than just the work. ‘My values have shifted greatly in terms of what I find important. It’s my family, my friends and having a personal life. Those are the things that need nurturing.
Leighton Meester will be releasing her new upcoming debut album called “Heartstrings”.
“‘Heartstrings’ speaks to vibe and encompasses a lot of the themes of the rest of the album,” Leighton told Billboard.com “It’s been a long time coming and I’m very excited to finally release it.”
The album is said to be produced by singer-songwriters Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell, the nine-song LP, written by Meester and produced by Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow, Augustana), will be officially released Oct. 28.
Check out the tracklist below:
- Run Away
- Good for One Thing
- On My Side
- Blue Afternoon