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Having grown up under difficult circumstances in Florida with a family that had a âcrazy history,â Leighton Meester began living a very different kind of life as Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. It wasnât just getting to live in New York, it was also being able to have financial stability â something she had never experience during her entire life. âI havenât had the easiest life but I grew up feeling loved and even though we struggled for money it makes you want to work harder to realise your dreams,â Meester explains. âIâm a happy person. I could be happy working as a florist. But Iâm also lucky that as an actress Iâm doing something that I love and lets me lead a good life.â
Now that Gossip Girl is shooting itâs sixth and final season, the 26-year-old Meester is hopeful that her film career will be equally successful. Over the last few years, sheâs begun to shed her posh TV persona with roles in âCountry Strong,â âThe Roommate,â and âMonte Carlo.â Her new film, THATâS MY BOY, takes Meester in an entirely new direction as part of a typically manic Adam Sandler comedy. Shot in and around Boston and Cape Cod, the movie centres around a deadbeat dad (Sandler) and his opportunistic decision to re-enter his wealthy sonâs (Andy Samberg) life on the eve of his wedding to his dream girl (Meester).
Itâs the first time that Leighton has had the chance to test her acting mettle in a wacky comedy, but she more than holds her own against Sandler and Samberg and admits to having had âsuch an incredibly fun time on the set.â Meester was born into a family where both her mother and father had brushes with the law. She remains close to her father but has cut off all contact with her mother after being forced to go to court last year when her estranged mother demanded money from her .
Leighton grew up in Florida and moved to New York after a talent scout saw her at a models convention in Atlanta and signed her to a contract when she was 10. She remained in New York with her mother until she was 14 and she moved to L.A. to work in TV and film before moving back to New York when she won the role of Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl.
Meester recently returned from vacations in Brazil with a group of friends and a family trip with her father and various cousins in Thailand. In person, Leighton is even more beautiful than her glamorous GG alter ego, wearing little make-up and a floral print summer dress. As her role in Country Strong revealed, Meester is also a talented singer and she recently concluded a 5-city U.S. tour with her band, Check in the Dark.
Q: Leighton, an Adam Sandler comedy is a big change-of-pace from your Gossip Girl world. How comfortable were you doing this kind of a comedy?
MEESTER: I loved doing this. I play a girl who you think is very sweet and wonderful at the beginning and then she gets crazier as the story evolves. Adam has a terrific way of creating the kind of atmosphere where everyone is very comfortable on the set and youâre able to improvise your lines and jokes if the situation warrants it. It was a great experience for me and a lot of fun.
Q: What interested you in this kind of a film?
MEESTER: The biggest selling point for me was working with Adam and his crew and this really raunchy, over-the-top screenplay. It was so funny. There were lots of funny, weird, dirty jokes, cussing, and all of that. Iâve seen almost all of Adamâs movies and I wasnât sure of how far I could go with the jokes and he would keep telling me to go for it. That was the kind of wonderful encouragement he would give you to take your character to its limit.
Q: How do you keep a straight face during the shooting?
MEESTER: You donât. We were always cracking up during the shoot and even though my character keeps more of a straight face it was so hard sometimes and Adam and Andy (Samberg) would deliberately try to make me crack up with an odd gesture or expression.
Q: Adam Sandlerâs comedies are known for being over-the-top. Is he that way in person?
MEESTER: No. Adam is incredibly polite and soft-spoken. His comic side is this wilder extension of his playful nature but he works very hard and is such a gentleman when you get to know him. Adam has totally changed my perspective about himâŚI grew up watching his movies like Happy Gilmour and Punch-Drunk Love. His performance in (Punch Drunk) is so inspiring and I admire that versatility. He has a rare ability to connect with his audience. Heâs also so nice on the set and heâs always calling you and asking you how things are going. He is such a genuinely good man. (more…)
With a new movie out, an album in the works and another season of Gossip Girl to wrap, Leighton Meester drops the Blair Waldorf persona we know and love to reveal someone even better: a wisecracking, food-loving sweetheart with a wee best friend and a glamorous solution for bedhead.
Leighton Meester has been to the top of the Empire state Building twiceâonce to the walled-in tourists-only Observation Deck, and once to the very, very top, where, she reports, there are these really low ledges, and you just stand there and take in the view while holding on to hooks.
âYou mean: You, the sky and give or take 1,250 feet between your head and the pavement?â I ask.
âItâs unbelievable!â she insists.
Happily for me, today weâre only headed to the Observation Deck. Itâs a clear, sunny afternoon, and weâre tooling around Manhattan visiting the sites of several famous only-in-New York movie scenes. Our itinerary might be a little gimmickyâIconic New York Actress Pays Homage to Previous Iconic New York Actressesâbut Meester doesnât seem to mind and has come dressed for the job in a loose gray Isabel Marant sweatshirt, J Brand skinny jeans (âMore like jeggings,â she jokes), dark hair tucked inside an Autumn Cashmere floppy knit hat (âMy hair is a ratâs nest when I wake upâbut I slip this thing on and people think itâs a fashion statement!â), black flats (âIn case we end up walking a lotâ). Picture her Gossip Girl alter ego Blair Waldorf kidnapped from the Upper East Side, deported to the East Village and forced to shop at Urban Outfitters.
Which, as it happens, is a step up from Meesterâs pre-Waldorf self. âMy friend says that before the show I dressed like a homeless person,â she says. âI used to buy everything at garage sales. It was hard to give up! Iâd be like, âBut this crazy sweater is amazing, and it only cost 25 cents!âââ Waldorfâs influence hasnât turned her into a fashionista by any stretchâoff-hours, Meester is the low-key, comfort-first type who does most of her shopping online or when traveling, and she only uses a stylist for red-carpet events. âIâve learned from Blair, though. Now I like to pepper in something designerââshe tugs at her Isabel Marant sweatshirtââwith my usual stuff.â
When we step off the elevator, the high-speed winds tear my carefully done chignon into a whirling catastrophe. I attempt to say something witty and end up with a mouthful of hair (my own). As we push through the crowds for a gawking spot, the serenely be-hatted and hair-not-flying-anywhere Meester affects a posh, old-timey accent and quotes from the 1957 classic An Affair to RememberââThe Empire State Building is the closest thing to heaven in this city!â (In the movie, a besotted Cary Grant waits dejectedly on the Observation Deck for his presumptive bride-to-be, Deborah Kerr, oblivious that sheâs a no-show becauseâsorry to ruin it for youâsheâs been hit by a car.) As we take in the city arrayed below, searching out our favorite buildings (Meesterâs is the Flatiron), her tone quickly morphs from self-consciously campy to wistfulâthe first of many such mood shifts Iâll witness. âThat heart-racing feeling!â she says of Grantâs plight. âYou want him to know what sheâs going through.â As Iâm absorbing this, she grabs my shoulders and cries, âMake it shine like the top of the Chrysler Building!â I look at her uncomprehendingly. âThat oneâs fromAnnie,â she explains, and it dawns on me Iâm traveling with both a glamorous movie star and a straight-up film geek. (more…)
Leighton MeesterÂ lounges by a pool in thisÂ exclusiveÂ new fashion photo shoot forÂ JustJared.comÂ held on Saturday (May 19) at a private residence in Encino, Calif.
The 26-year-oldÂ Gossip GirlÂ actress and singer will be heading out on a five-city concert tour next week with the bandÂ Check in the Dark!
LeightonÂ will be making stops inÂ Seattle,Â Vancouver,Â Portland,Â San Francisco, andÂ Anaheim. Make sure to pick up your tickets before they are gone. Click on each city to purchase tickets!
Just JaredÂ talked withÂ LeightonÂ and some of the bandmates fromÂ Check in the Dark:Â Mike FriemanÂ (vocals/ rhythm guitar),Â George LairdÂ (lead guitar), andÂ Eli HludzikÂ (drums). UnfortunatelyÂ Etienne FrancÂ (bass) wasnât able to make the shoot!
Click insideÂ LeightonÂ andÂ Check in the Darkâs full interviewâŚ
LEIGHTON MEESTER â EXCLUSIVE JUSTJARED.COM INTERVIEW
JJ: How did all of you start working together?
LM:Â Well, they landed out of an alien spaceship into my yardâŚ (laughs) Basically it started because my friend, their manager, lived with Mike and George. They had Check in the Dark, their band. I was always a big fan of theirs and had gone to see them perform and got up on stage and sang. Then I started writing music that was more in their style and started sending them my little voice memos about everything and then after that the rest is history. They started putting their magic onto all my songs, which were mostly just simple progressions, my lyrics, and melodies. Then George added lead guitar and Mike added beautiful harmonies and his lead guitar. Then Eli is like the glue that keeps everyone together. He keeps the beat and he also does the keyboard at times and he can play pretty much every instrument I can think of.
Etienne couldnât be here today, he doesnât live here, but he will be on tour with us. Heâs really great. He brings so much soul vibe to the music. Itâs a really well-rounded sound and itâs exactly what I wanted. They really complement my style of music.
JJ: Whatâs the chemistry like when youâre all in the studio recording?
Mike Freeman:Â We havenât done too much recording â mostly demos. The first demos we didâŚ we were all in there together and this last set of demos has been kind of separated. George and I laid down guitar and vocals and then Leighton put vocals on and then a couple weeks later Eli would come on. But when weâve been there all together, itâs been super painless, you know? And Iâve had some painful times in the studio. I guess itâs organic.
JJ: Have you guys finished the album?
LM:Â We finished recording everything thatâs going to make it onto the album, but we want to go back in probably within the next few months and record everything again. I feel like you just find different things when you record a demo and then go back to it. We have like 18 songs to work with so weâll probably only record like 10 or 11 of them for the actual album.
JJ: Are there any producers you guys want to work with?
LM:Â Not at the moment, but weâve been going from studio to studio. Weâll probably just end up doing it at my house.
MF:Â Weâre always talking about the albumÂ Raising Sand. That was like one of the first talks. Something like that. Some of our favorite albums over the past 10 years are people like are not doing much lately, that weâd like to maybe call and get them back into the mix of things. So if youâre reading this, please just call us. (laughs) Thatâd be great!
JJ: What would you say is the concept of the album?
LM:Â I donât think Iâm going to say the name of the album yet. (laughs) Youâll hear first, I promise. Itâs really just from the last two years of my life, like love and a lot of heartache, emotions, and having it all brim over. Some of it is just straight love songs, but itâs a mixture of totally personal. We should call the album Regurgitation of Feelings (laughs). It started about two years ago, I was here and I performed with them and I had written this one song, âJennyâ, which will most likely be on the set. It just felt right to perform together and do my sound with their sound. It works good together. That was such an emotional experience, The Who performance, and then after that, George and Mike sent me an instructional video on how to play it on the guitar. From then on, I just started playing and after that everything that I wrote was on the guitar and sent over to them. Thatâs just how it all got started.
I took a trip to Europe and I wrote a huge bulk of the songs that weâre doing on the tour. Since then weâve come up with a lot more stuff. But a huge portion of it is sort of driven from personal experiences both good and bad.
JJ: Is there a song that will definitely be on the album?
LM:Â There are a few. Thereâs one called âEntitledâ. Thatâs a perfect representation of what the whole album is about. Itâs about the heartache and sadness and you know all of those feelings that come along with being in love helplessly, then moving on and knowing that youâre better and entitled to something more. That was sort of the before and after of just me as a person to be honest.
JJ: Are you ready to tour? Itâs coming up soon!
MF:Â Iâm just excited that our first is in Seattle because it was such a huge impact on me getting into music at all. So itâs cool that weâre going to be hitting Seattle.
LM:Â Iâve never been to Seattle, Iâm very excited!
GL:Â Weâre definitely going to change the set up a little bit. Every show is going to be a little bit different. Weâre not going to play the same show every time. Every city will have their own taste.
LM:Â Including cover songs that fit the cities well!
JJ: How are rehearsals going? Youâve done six or seven days?
LM:Â Yeah, seven days. So weâve been rehearsing for a week straight. Itâs also like at my house and weâve been having BBQs and stuff. Itâs been really great! It works perfectly; we usually rehearse in a little place in Burbank. Moving everything to my house has just made me feel so much more relaxed. Itâs been good for me to be in my own environment. Itâs a bigger spaceâŚ
JJ: Do you guys have any music rituals?
LM:Â Weâve gone and had good vibe moments in my tepee. I have one in my backyard. So weâve gone in there and put good vibes and energy into the tour. I think it really does work. We just talk everything through and get really excited when we talk about the music. We bounce off of each other really well and nobodyâs opinion isnât overheard.
MF:Â Itâs fun to just arrange our music and bring us something new. Itâs been cool to just get something bare bones and be like, âWhat do we do with this to make it different than the other one?â So weâll take it and George and Iâll kind of dissect it and thatâs always fun.
LM:Â Yeah, I recently got to see it because they videotaped one of their sessions without me. I sent them a song and they turned it into something so beautiful. It was really interesting because I hadnât seen that before.
JJ: Whatâs going to motivate someone to buy your album or buy a ticket to see you on tour?
MF:Â Once we do this tour, thereâs going to be more buzz. I think people are going to be surprised with how good itâs going to be. Not to toot our own horn, but I think when people hear us at these shows theyâll be like, âOh, sâtâŚThis is legit.â
Shahine Ezell (producer): If people really want to get to know Leighton, she puts all of herself into every lyric, every performance and itâs different every time she sings every single song. So if you really want to know a person a little better and you want to get a better outlook on her and the band, just listen to the music on the album or see her live and youâll get a better view on that.
LM:Â Before, I was doing pop music and as much as I love that and am totally proud of it and think itâs great, Iâve just moved on from it. I think at that time, to be honest, I was writing it not totally for myself. It was the idea that other people will be listening and âwill this be a hitâ type of thing? And with this music, thereâs no judgment whatsoever. I donât judge a single lyric, I donât judge anything. Itâs just how I feel coming out from the beginning to the end. Iâm not ever worried and also not trying to move around anyone elseâs music. Itâs not like doing a beat on a computer. Itâs just completely complementary toward my voice and how I feel. It just works.
GL:Â Itâs just real. A lot of music, when you see it live, thereâs program tracks and something else going on. This is all organic. Weâre all playing real instruments, thereâs no track, no backing, anything. Itâs real what youâre seeing. Itâs just us playing. Leighton is playing the guitar and thereâs no safety net. Thatâs why every showâs going to be different. Youâre not going to hear any backing beats or vocals.
LM:Â I also feel so grateful for these guys because itâs such a good vibe. Iâm sure even men can relate, but my songs are a lot about being a woman in every aspectâŚin love or not in love or whatever. Iâm glad they can relate to it and vibe with it.
MF:Â Thatâs a cool dynamic, because while sheâs grateful weâre doing this for her, weâre also extremely grateful. Sheâs always thanking us and maybe we donât thank her enough â for having faith in us enough to let us try to do this with you and itâs been so successful. But you first had to take the leap and be like, âIâm going to have these guys âŚyou know you picked us.â
LM:Â We picked each other.
LM:Â Right. Itâs worked out well.
JJ: Whatâs the vibe on the set ofÂ Gossip GirlÂ like now that itâs coming to an end? The last season!
LM:Â Well, we found out while we were on break, so Iâm sure everyone has mixed feelings like I do. Itâs bittersweet. Itâs the end of a hugely important time in my life, but also itâs good because I get to move on and grow and change. You wanna be able to move on. Itâs of course sad, but I think the hardest thing is going to be leaving the crew and the cast and everybody that has become like a family to me.
JJ: Has your trailer become your second home?
LM:Â Oh, yeah. Well, thatâs like in any job. Wherever you are you kind of gotta make home. I spend a lot of time in there. They let me redecorate my dressing room a couple years ago. We have a trailer thatâs away and sometimes we are at Silvercup Stages in Long Island City, Queens. We have like little rooms and they let us decorate them. Mine looks like a little garden â there are flowers everywhere and green walls. Itâs going to be sort of weird to leave it and know that Iâll never come back to that, but Iâm sure that Iâll shoot something in Silvercup way sooner than I even think.
JJ: Do you have a favorite Gossip Girl moment?
LM:Â Thereâs been a lot of good moments. I love when I get to do some funny stuff. I like it when Blairâs over-the-top and ordering people around. I love working with those girlsâŚthatâs the best part.
I love working with [Zuzanna Szadkowski] who plays Dorota. Sheâs amazing! Sheâs just incredible. I saw her inÂ Love, Loss and What I Wore. It was so good. She can just do everything. Sheâs really intelligent and nothing like Dorota really. Sheâs like super young and it just completely transforms her for that role.
Itâs interesting. I like some of the dramatic moments, but I think that just the shock of reading something when something crazy is happening like when youâre like, âThis person is now going to dateâŚ.â And you donât really have a say in it, you just kind of have to go with it, which is kinda fun.
JJ: Do you know howÂ Gossip GirlÂ will end?
LM:Â I can tell you how I hope itâll all end, but I donât really have any say. I wonât know untilâŚI think I wonât know until after I shoot. I think Blair and Chuck, that whole relationship, is probably going to keep going round and round. I like her with Dan, too. They have an interesting relationship. My real problem is that I love working with both of them and I have a connection to both of them. I have love and chemistry with both of them in completely different ways. Dan is more of an intellectual stimulating partner, where Chuck is more I guess a sexually stimulating partner. She plays her little mind games and they do weird sexy time games and itâs kind of funny. So I donât know [who sheâll end up with].
JJ: Are there going to be any guest stars in the last season?
LM:Â I really hope thatÂ Liz HurleyÂ comes back because I love and I love her son [Damian] who comes on set too. Heâs just a little genius awesome kid.
The fact that Chuckâs dad is alive is really weird. But I do love having him on set. It was like, âOh, now youâre back!â Itâs really cool to have him back. Maybe weâll just bring everybody back!
JJ: Whatâs your favorite line that Blair has delivered?
LM:Â I do really distinctively remember her giving this whole speech. Sheâs like, âYaleâs the only place I can go. I love the bulldogs, and remember when I wanted a bulldog?â and then it turns out sheâs talking to Darota and the whole time you thought she was talking to her mom, which is kind of sad, but funny.
But yeah, thereâs a lot of crazy stuff she says. Actually, they let me improv a little bit. Itâs rare, but sometimes they do. We did a scene at some club and we were shooting and I had to walk through the crown and people were in my ways so I had to be bitchy Blair to everybody as I was walking through the crowd and they were like, âOh, you can keep doing that.â I felt bad because it was nothing personal.
JJ: So how do you personally feel aboutÂ Gossip GirlÂ ending?
LM:Â Good, very good. Itâs just crazy, you know? Itâs a huge portion of your life.
JJ: Does it feel like graduation?
LM:Â It feels a little bit moreâŚ yeah to some extent, yeah, sure. Itâs just really going to be weird. Itâs going to be weird in every way, especially that I donât have that to occupy my time.
JJ: Thanks so much for taking the time to do this photo shoot and interview!
LM:Â Thank YOU!
PHOTO SHOOT CREDITS (PICTURES BELOW) ââ
Picture #1 & #7:Â Viktor & RolfÂ dress,Â Van Cleef & ArpelsÂ collar necklace and floral ring,Â Soffer AriÂ band ring.
Picture #2:Â Carolina HerreraÂ dress,Â Solange Azagury PartridgeÂ earrings.
Picture #3 & #6:Â BlumarineÂ dress,Â BaccaratÂ necklace.
Picture #4:Â Calvin KleinÂ dress,Â Kimberly McDonaldÂ Ring
Picture #5:Â Monique LhuillierÂ Dress,Â DannijoÂ earrings,Â Kara RossÂ ring,Â Eric RutbergÂ shoes.
Producer:Â Jared EngÂ (@JaredEng)
Source: Just Jared
Loved it or hated it, you were probably reeling the last timeÂ Gossip GirlÂ was on the air, aka the moment where Blair chose Dan over Chuck. In Monday’s new episode, Queen B and the boy from Brooklyn are going to try their darndest to consummate their unlikely couple status by… well, you know. (The show, of course, will throw obstacles in their way, like parents inconveniently hanging around.)
But whether or not they succeed, there will be plenty working against Ms. Have and Mr. Have Not. Will they come out of Season 5 intact? When exactly did the writers decide Dan and Blair should be together anyway? Where does that leave Chuck? And what about Serena, whose heart was also broken? Is Gossip Girl’s laptop going to spell war between B and S? We grilled seriesÂ executive producer Josh Safran about the origins of Blair’s choice and what it has wrought. Plus: He tells us exactly how much flak he and the writers have taken for making Dair happen instead of Chair.
Blair chose DanÂ over Chuck and then the show went away for more than a month. During that time, what kind of reaction have you gotten? Some people are pretty mad…
The one thing I can say, though, is that we are very grateful and feel very lucky that people, five seasons in, feel so passionate about these characters and about these relationships. We know that is very rare and we do not treat it lightly. You cannot plan for that. There is no way to engineer that. It’s magic.
You just said it isn’t as though you can change the direction of the story. But would you do anything differently if you could?
What’s the split of Dair to Chair fans? 50-50?
Now that Blair has made her choice, what will her new challenges be?
Does “vintage Blair” means the minions will be back for good? I loved Blair’s bridesmaid auditions.
The countdown to the Gossip Girl finale begins Monday when the CW soap returns with the first of seven all-new episodes. Below, showrunner Josh Safran gives TVLine a sneak peek at whatâs going down on the Upper East Side as the season draws to a close (hint: a ton).
TVLINE | Dan and Blair go public with their romance in âSalon of the Deadâ on April 16. What obstacles do they face beyond that?
TVLINE | Is Louis no longer a factor?
TVLINE | So Georgina takes care of that situation?
TVLINE | If Ivy loved having a family so much, why is she alienating the Van der Woodsens? Whatâs her endgame?
Leighton Meester, best known for her indelible portrayal of rich-girl snobbery and capriciousness as Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, is getting her bowl on at Frames, a low-key alley abutting the Port Authority, Manhattan’s main bus terminal and one of the last vestiges of Times Square’s gritty past. She enjoys bowling â this is her second outing in a week. Which is not to say Meester is skilled at bowling. Because she is not.
“I never played sports,” she explains, before releasing her ball with an indifferent thump. “I wasn’t any good at them.” She watches the ball drop into the gutter with limp finality. Unfazed, she throws again, hurling it down the lane, knocking over a handful of pins. A second gutter shot follows. “I guess I need a bigger target,” she says flatly.
Meester is no stranger to such things.
One of those rare children born with both full-blown ambition and the determination to avoid even the slightest derailment, Meester has been aiming at big game since grade school. Part of this is a rejoinder to circumstance. Meester’s mother, Constance, gave birth to her while serving federal prison time for drug trafficking.
Meester was not, she has oft clarified, born in jail. She was delivered in a hospital, then transferred to a halfway house for three months, after which she was sent to live with her grandmother until Constance’s release. Her father, Doug, also served time for drug-related offenses.
He and Constance would later divorce. The difficult facts of her childhood provided Meester with matchless perspective. Also, an ineffaceable blueprint of what not to do.
Source: Marie Clarie
Penn Badgley says Chuck is Blair’s soulmate, Ed Westwick likes kissing Leighton Meester, Chace says something about his character and Blake talks about the royal wedding.
Nobody gives good love triangle like Gossip Girl. It’s one of the biggest reasons the show has made it to a whopping 100 episodes, which the cast celebrated this weekend in (where else?) NYC. And E! News was on hand to dish with Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley, Leighton Meester, Blake Lively and the rest of the cast.
“I think they will always have feelings for each other in a certain capacity,”Penn says of Dan and Blair.”I can’t really say where it is going to go, nor do I know…They have had plans for them since the beginning, only in the sense that they are a certain intellectual match for one another. I think Dan is unfortunate in that he loves Blair and I think Blair is his soul mateâbut he is not Blair’s soul mate, because Blair and Chuck belong with each other, obviously. I think that the fans all love Chuck and Blair together, but you know, maybe you’re wrong.” (more…)
She just keeps expanding her horizons, andÂ Leighton Meester’sÂ latest gig is as the face of Vera Wangâs new fragrance Lovestruck.
The âGossip Girlâ hottie recently filmed a new commercial for the scent, looking fabulous in a maroon gown made by Ms. Wang especially for the occasion.
Leighton told press, “The concept is really cool, it’s like a modern day Romeo and Juliet and it’s very much about that rush you feel when you’re lovestruck, so that definitely speaks to me.â
“It’s really an honor to be picked by this campaign. I admire Vera so much … she really has a great eye for what women want and her style is so iconic and classic yet modern, so I think it speaks to women of all ages, myself included, so I’m really excited about it.”
Source: Celebrity Gossip
I’ve added an interview video of Leighton Meester & Selena Gomez at the “Monte Carlo” press junkets.
Watch the video interview of Leighton Meester and the casts of “Monte Carlo” talks about the movie.
In the last original episode of the addictive CW drama “Gossip Girl” that aired in February, straight-arrow Dan (Penn Badgley) and queen bee Blair (Leighton Meester), two very different characters who have been slowly building an unstoppable attraction for each other all season, finally shared a kiss that not only wow’d the characters but also those viewers who have been patiently waiting for a coupling to commence.
Now, as the remaining episodes of the stellar fourth season begin to air tonight, the question is will we see “Dair” blossom into a new super couple on the show and how will the others react? Who are the new characters being added to an already crowded cast tonight? How does a show with such a strong base of younger viewers get away with pushing-the-envelope-sayings like “What the wuck?” Our Jim Halterman went right to the sources and rang up Executive Producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran to get all the answers about “Gossip Girl” and also to see how Savage’s newest project, the ABC pilot “Georgetown,” is shaping up.
Stephanie Savage: We feel that that dynamic went back to season one. That very first episode that Josh wrote had a critical Dan and Blair bonding scene and I think when we saw the actors together we realized that even though we had created these characters to be polar opposites they actually had a lot in common. It takes a certain level of maturity and it seems like something that happens to you in college instead of high school when you can actually feel comfortable being with someone who is so different from who you thought you were supposed to be with.
JH: I feel like Blair has really come into her own this season and isn’t defined by her relationships like maybe she was in the past. Was that a goal this past year?
Joshua Safran: In episode nine this year, Blair says ‘I need to become powerful on my own before I’m attached to somebody who is powerful.’ I think that was very much a decision we had made. You have to stand alone and find the strength within yourself to be not only powerful for the world but powerful for a relationship.
SS: Blair was really put through the ringer at the end of season three so we wanted to give her her space to get grounded and find herself a little bit.
JH: You have so many characters to service but yet you introduce new characters in this first episode back. Can you talk about bringing Carol (Sheila Kelley) and Charlie (Kaylee DeFer) into the mix?
SS: Carol and Charlie are a part of this family so adding them was very organic. Aunt Carol in Miami is mentioned in the pilot so we feel like she’s always been with us and we had a great time involving her character in our flashback episode with Krysten Ritter so we knew we would always meet adult/grown-up Aunt Carol. Lily’s pending incarceration felt like the right moment for that. (more…)
It’s being called “the kiss four seasons in the making” and it has started a civil war amongst “Gossip Girl” fans.
Zap2it had spoken with “GG” executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Safran before about the decision to explore the odd couple’s chemistry. In the same interview, we asked if they have pre-determined end games in mind for certain characters.
“There’s definitely some stories that we have an end game in mind for. Some stories definitely have end points, end games,” Savage revealed at the time. “Others, it seems like those characters’ journeys are much more about finding their way so it gives us a little more space to explore different possibilities.”
In a recent interview with TVLine, Safran echoed the sentiment, saying, “One thing we are very conscious of — and I know some fans get upset about this — is we really try to treat the characters as living, breathing, well-rounded individuals. And we’re often surprised by where their journeys take them; they open new doors for us all the time. It’s not like we’re saying, ‘No, there’s only this one couple and that’s it.’”
Instead of focusing on end games that have yet to be determined or asking about spoilers that are all over the web, we decided to focus on the feedback they’ve been receiving from fans when we chatted with Savage and Safran about the show’s final five episodes of the season. (Death threats via e-mail included. Seriously.) They’ve seen all your complaints, praises and hashtags. Yes, fans, they even know about the #bringbackchuckandblair and #redeemchuckbass Twitter campaigns.
What can fans expect from the last five episodes of Season 4?
Obviously fans have been very vocal about the Dan and Blair storyline, something we’ve really been loving this season. What reaction have you been seeing the most from fans?
filigree_apogee: Any good news for Chuck/Blair fans?
Yes and no. First the good news: Dair haters can breathe a sigh of reliefâthat Dan (Penn Badgley) and Blair (Leighton Meester) nomance nonsense appears to be over. That doesn’t mean they’ve stopped kissing…but their last liplock is just for show (but to a much bigger audience than they intended, oops). And now for the really bad news:
BonnieClyde19: Anything else happening with Chair on Gossip Girl? How about Chuck, will we see him mature?
wrightst3: Is there anything coming up on Gossip Girl for Chair fans to get excited about?
Source: E Online