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Posted on Sep 1, 2014 Written by Grace

Adam Brody is opening up about married life with Leighton Meester and kissing ex-girlfriend Rachel Bilson!

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything this week, the 34-year-old actor was asked about his 28-year-old wife. “She’s swell!” Brody replied to one fan. Another user asked him what life at home is like. “I do some stuff but she definitely does the heavy lifting(figuratively),” he said, adding, “Literally, I do the heavy lifting.”

As for how many kids he wants to have with Meester, he joked, “I say twelve. And I decide.” Meanwhile, fans of the OC asked Brody if he still stays in contacts with former costars Rachel Bilson, Benjamin McKenzie or Mischa Barton. “I’m in constant psychic communication with all of them. And Ben and I also get lunch in this dimension sometimes,” he answered. “I do still keep in contact with Ben, but I bully the shit out of him,” he later added.

Source: E Online

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Posted on Feb 18, 2014 Written by Grace

Gossip Girl would have a field day with this one! Less than three months after news of their engagement went public, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody have married in a super-secret wedding, multiple sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.

Us exclusively revealed back in February 2013 that the Gossip Girl alum, 27, and the former O.C. star, 34, were dating. The pair — both of whom starred on shows created by Josh Schwartz — had worked together two years earlier on the 2011 film The Oranges and “were always close and friendly,” an insider said at the time.

Nine months later, in November 2013, a source confirmed to Us that the resolutely private twosome were engaged. Neither has commented on the romance publicly, but they’ve been spotted in and around Hollywood on a handful of occasions over the last year. They also worked together again on the upcoming comedy Life Partners.

This is the first marriage for both. Meester previously dated actor Aaron Himelstein, and Brody was linked to director Lorene Scafaria and also romanced his O.C. costar Rachel Bilson.

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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 Written by Grace

Leighton Meester to make Broadway debut opposite James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in ‘Of Mice and Men.’

The starry cast of Broadway’s upcoming production of Of Mice and Men just got a little starrier.

Leighton Meester will join James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the play, which hasn’t been performed on the Main Stem in 40 years. The Gossip Girl alumna will, in her Broadway debut, appear as Curley’s wife, a flirtatious young woman who poses a threat to O’Dowd’s character, the well-meaning but mentally limited Lennie.

The show is set to begin previews March 19 and open April 16 at the Longacre Theatre.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2013 Written by Grace

Whoever thought the icy Blair Waldorf would meet her match in sensitive O.C. stud Seth Cohen?!

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody are engaged, a source confirms to E! News.

The notoriously private couple have been dating for less than a year and were first romantically linked in early February.

While the lovebirds have yet to publically confirm their romance, the twosome were most recently seen holding hands in NYC and have been photographed together a handful of times while out and about in Los Angeles.

Brody and Meester both worked together on the 2011 filmThe Oranges before they began spending time together romantically in 2013.

Prior to Adam, Leighton dated actor Aaron Himelstein,whom she met on the set of Remember the Dazeand before Aaron, she was romantically linked to her formerGossip Girl costar Sebastian Stan. Brody, meanwhile, was said to be seeing director and screenwriter Lorene Scafaria back in 2010, and, during the height of The O.C.‘s popularity, he dated costar Rachel Bilson from 2003 to 2006.

And while Meester always plays coy when it comes to talking about the men in her life, she opened up about falling in love to Cosmopolitan magazine back in 2012.

“I haven’t been in a lot of relationships, but I’ve been in love,” she said. “There’s an inexplicable chemistry. You just really, really want to, like, stare at the person. I’ve never fallen in love right off the bat. I get scared to say I love you too soon because it means so much. It means you’re not seeing an end to things.”

Wonderwall was first to break the couple’s engagement news.

Congrats, you two!

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Posted on Nov 19, 2013 Written by Grace

Are Leighton Meester and Adam Brody hearing wedding bells? According to our sources — that is a YES!

The low-key couple are said to be engaged after Adam popped the question this fall after more than a year of dating.

A spy tells us Leighton and Adam celebrated the happy news with close friends and family at an engagement bash in Los Angeles on Nov. 10.

Reps for Leighton and Adam did not return calls seeking comment.

For a pair of pretty faces from the small screen — Leighton played Blair Waldorf on “Gossip Girl” while Adam starred as Seth Cohen on “The O.C.” — you’d expect tongues to be wagging all over town about their courtship. However, it’s been quite the opposite.

They’ve managed to stay out of the spotlight for most of their romance. While they have been photographed together a handful of times –- from dinner dates, movie outings and trips to New York — the duo have never commented on their relationship.

In February, news broke that they were an item. At the time, a source told Us Weekly that the pair had been “secretly dating” after being friends for several years. They previously worked together on the 2011 film “The Oranges.”

They gave a subtle confirmation of their status when they were spotted arm-in-arm while attending the June 26 premiere of Adam’s film “Some Girl(s).” They’ve also been spotted holding hands and engaging in other mild PDA on date nights, coffee runs and dog walks over the summer and into the fall.

No word yet on whether they’ve set a date for the rumored nuptials.

Source: Wonder Wall

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 Written by Grace

Leighton Meester will not reprise her role in the upcoming Veronica Mars film, but the television show’s creator Rob Thomas announced today that Meester’s character will, indeed, live on.

Replacing Meester as Neptune High mean girl Carrie Bishop? Andrea Estella, lead singer of indie pop band Twin Sister.

In an e-mail update sent to the movie’s Kickstarter backers, Thomas explained the casting, saying, “One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role. Once it became evident that we couldn’t make Leighton’s schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie.”

Meester was unable to appear as she is filming another movie “on the wrong coast,” Thomas added.

The Veronica Mars movie, which was made possible thanks to more than $5.5 million in fund raising via the website Kickstarter, is currently in production in Los Angeles.

Source: EW

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Posted on Jun 27, 2013 Written by Angelic

What a teen dream team! Adam Brody and Leighton Meester looked smitten stepping out as a couple at the Los Angeles premiere of Brody’s new film Some Girl(s) on Wednesday, June 26. The pair, who have been dating since late January, didn’t seem to mind being snapped together, holding hands as they headed out of the event.

Meester, 27, kept her look bright and breezy in a two-toned blue dress, baby pink satchel and nude sandals. The former Gossip Girl actress kept her hair in loose waves around her face.

Her beau, 33-year-old Brody, meanwhile, wore a simple powder-blue button down and bright blue slacks for the film’s premiere. The duo kept close as they left the festivities, with Meester grabbing for Brody’s arm at one point.

As Us Weekly first reported in February, the pair “were always close and friendly,” and started “hanging out” toward the end of January.

Brody and Meester were first spotted together taking in art exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Feb. 1, and were later snapped traveling together through Bangkok earlier this year. Though neither has explicitly spoken out about their relationship, Meester did admit to being a romantic during an interview with Lucky magazine last summer.

“I love love. It’s the most intriguing universally understood emotion, and it comes in so many forms: family love, love of friends,” she told the magazine’s July 2012 issue. “I fall in love with everybody all the time.”

The veteran teen drama actors first met on the set of their 2011 dramedy The Oranges, and will next costar together again in upcoming comedy Life Partners.

Meester was previously linked to artist Aaron Himelstein, but the pair called it quits after just a little over a year of dating. Former OC star Brody was last linked to director Lorene Scafaria back in 2010.

Source: Us Magazine

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Posted on May 22, 2013 Written by Angelic

Congratulation to Gossip Girl for scoring 1 nominations at 2013 Teen Choice Awards! The event will be held on August 11, 2013. Remember to cast your vote daily!

Choice TV Show: Drama
“Gossip Girl”
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“Pretty Little Liars”
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Posted on Apr 3, 2013 Written by Angelic

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has joined Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge, the Warner Bros. dramedy being directed by David Dobkin.

Meester joins a cast the includes Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Judge is a co-production between Team Downey and Big Kid Pictures and a Boston shoot beginning in June is being eyed.

Downey stars as a successful attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral to discover that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. The man sets out to discover the truth, and along the way, reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Meester will play a character with whom Downey has a one-night and whose later revelations cause quite a bit of headaches for the man.

Judge is Meester’s first major move since wrapping Gossip Girl, which ran for six seasons on the CW. In that time, she appeared in such movies as Date Night, Country Strong, The Oranges and That’s My Boy.

She is repped by WME, Leverage Management, and Stone Meyer.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Posted on Feb 8, 2013 Written by Angelic

Why so shy, Leighton Meester?

The Gossip Girl star tried to hide from the paparazzi in the backseat of Adam Brody‘s car Thursday.

The former O.C. star looked bemused as the brunette beauty ducked for cover. Although the duo is clearly trying to downplay their relationship, it’s reportedly been going on for several weeks. According to Us Weekly, they even traveled to Bangkok together earlier this week.

Leighton and Adam, we’re onto you! Just make your red carpet debut as a couple, OK? xoxo, E! News.

Source: E Online

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Posted on Feb 8, 2013 Written by Angelic

ow that news of their relationship has gone public, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester are no longer trying to keep their mutual affection on the DL. As first reported in the new issue of Us Weekly, The O.C. vet, 33, and the Gossip Girl alum, 26, began dating several weeks ago.

Brody was photographed leaving Meester’s home in L.A. on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The two met on the set of the 2012 dramedy The Oranges. “They were always close and friendly,” an insider says, noting that the pair would hang out on occasion during shooting for the film.

“They’re a really cute couple,” another source says. “They’ve been circling around in similar circles for years.”

In a July interview with Lucky magazine, Meester — whose exes include actors Sebastian Stan and Aaron Himelstein — talked candidly about her desire to find The One. “I love love. It’s the most intriguing universally understood emotion, and it comes in so many forms: family love, love of friends,” the actress said. “I fall in love with everybody all the time.”

Brody dated O.C. his costar Rachel Bilson until 2006. The Lovelace actor most recently dated screenwriter Lorene Scafaria in 2011.

Source: Us Weekly

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Posted on Feb 6, 2013 Written by Graces

It’s like a teenage dream come true! Adam Brody and Leighton Meester, both veterans of the teen drama genre, have been secretly dating for weeks, sources confirm to Us Weekly.

The actors, who costarred in 2011 dramedy The Oranges alongside Catherine Keener and Hugh Laurie, have been “hanging out,” the source tells Us.

“They were always close and friendly,” the insider added, noting that the pair would hang out on occasion during shooting for the film.

Brody, 33, first landed in the spotlight as lovable comic book geek Seth Cohen on the WB’s hit The O.C. back in the early 2000s. He was most recently linked to director Lorene Scafaria, who wrote Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, back in 2010.

Gossip Girl actress Meester, meanwhile, previously dated actor Aaron Himelstein, though the 26-year-old parted ways with him over the holidays.

And even though she and Brody have been keeping their relationship out of the public eye, the new couple has already been making their rounds, traveling together to Bangkok earlier this year and taking in art exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Friday, Feb. 1.

Source: Us Magazine

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Posted on Oct 3, 2012 Written by Angelic

In her new movie, this ‘Gossip Girl” plays a Jersey girl who falls for Hugh LauriAll of the rumors you may have heard about Leighton Meester are true.

The co-star of TV’s primetime soap opera “Gossip Girl” is a serious-minded young woman determined to keep her Louboutin-loving, lighter-than-air TV character from defining her.

Exhibit A: Her turn in the sensitive, sometimes uncomfortably satirical comedy “The Oranges,” opening Friday.

“It’s a complete 180-degree turn from anything I’ve ever done,” says Meester, 26, of her new role. “This fulfills something within myself that I could never find in my series.”

In “The Oranges,” Meester portrays Nina, a self-involved Jersey girl who comes home to her parents (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) for the holidays after five years away. While there, Nina drops a bomb by beginning an affair with her family’s fiftyish neighbor David (Hugh Laurie). He and his wife, Paige (Catherine Keener), are best friends with Nina’s folks.

“The love that Hugh and I portray is not some sort of physical infatuation,” Meester says. “It really comes across as a relationship that has respect and a real rapport.

“And that was easy with Hugh. He’s someone I’ve known and I genuinely could fall in love with.”

Six years ago, Meester worked with Laurie on two episodes of his series, “House.” That led to a friendship and a level of comfort that clearly helped when time came to film “The Oranges.”

“It’s not like we’re doing ‘Lolita’ here,” says the 53-year-old Laurie. “The consequences of these characters’ actions are taken very seriously and respectfully. Having said that, having known Leighton from her experience on ‘House’ was an enormous help.”

Born in Fort Worth, Tex., Meester lived for awhile in Florida before moving to New York as a preteen. She had a famously tough upbringing. Both of her parents had dealt marijuana when they were younger, and Leighton was born in a halfway house while her mother served time in a federal prison for trafficking.

“From that, I’ve learned that you can never judge people, because they grow and evolve,” Meester says.

She attended the professional Children’s School in New York, turning her modeling experiences into a career. She moved to L.A. at age 14 and began acting. She did guest spots on more than a dozen series, then nabbed recurring roles on a “Tarzan” re-do and the fourth season of “24” before landing “Gossip Girl” in 2007.

She’s now spent six seasons as the show’s icy, privileged Blair Waldorf — and the final season starts on Monday. But Meester says playing in “The Oranges” gave her a chance to explore where a character “came from and where she might go.”

“That is so satisfying,” Meester says. “I don’t get that with ‘Gossip Girl.’ It’s just episode after episode, for six years. Frankly, you grow out of it. Having said that, I am so grateful to have the show. It’s given me the opportunity to do this film and many others.”

The others include “Going the Distance” with Drew Barrymore, “Country Strong” with Gwyneth Paltrow and this past summer’s “That’s My Boy” with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.

“Country Strong” allowed Meester to showcase her passion for music. Since doing that 2010 film, she’s launched her own music career.

“The Oranges,” meanwhile, allowed Meester renew her passion for New York.

“The movie’s given me the chance to live in the city and be a part of this wonderful creative community,” she says. “It’s been great for me.”

Meester reveals that while filming the movie in Westchester, she lived with Laurie, Janney, Platt and co-star Adam Brody — all in one house.

“It was a wonderful experience,” Meester says. “We actually did become like a family. Hugh would be playing piano in the den downstairs, while I played my guitar. Oliver brought his kids in and really acted like my dad. We all had dinner together every night.

“I love being in New York. It’s where I’m at my most creative. There’s an energy here that I don’t find either back home in Florida or even in L.A. I use my time here to pursue music and movies. When ‘Gossip Girl’ ends, I’ll be willing to struggle to pursue my music career.

“When I’m not working, I’m walking my dog along the Hudson or watching a sunset on the Highline.”

Or, she admits, there is one more place she can be found: “Back at my one-room apartment to get some sleep.”

Source: NY Daily News

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Posted on Oct 1, 2012 Written by Angelic

For someone facing major career upheaval, Leighton Meester is cool, calm, and collected. To most, Meester is synonymous with Blair Waldorf, the almighty overlord of the Upper East Side on Gossip Girl. While fans have been emotionally preparing for the harsh reality of the show’s final season, Meester’s focus is squarely on her future. In her new film The Oranges Meester plays Nina, a globetrotting party girl from New Jersey who returns home and gets tangled up in a scandalous affair with her father’s best friend, played by Hugh Laurie. We recently sat down with Meester to talk about the film, life after Gossip Girl, and Blake Lively’s wedding, obviously.

The Oranges deals with finding happiness in unexpected ways and places. How do you relate to that and what does happiness mean to you?

I think happiness comes in many forms. I think this film explores that in a really interesting and approachable way. Sometimes catastrophic and seemingly awful things have to happen before you can truly understand your growth and what happiness means. I think that a really good example is David is in a relationship that he’s not happy in, and Nina is traveling around and with all the wrong people doing all the wrong things to try to escape her home, and she had to go home to find what she truly wanted and he had to end a marriage that was comfortable in order to find happiness and things can’t always stay the same. Change is actually what brings happiness the most because if you’re staying the same and you want to find happiness in your situation and you’re not, you need a change.

Hugh Laurie is obviously quite a few years older than you. Was it at all uncomfortable approaching those romantic scenes?
No. I can’t imagine anyone else being able to play that character because he is either this really funny British dude, or on House, he’s is this sarcastic, jaded, macho badass, and he’s not either of those things in this film. He is playing a completely different facet, I think, of his own personality, which is sensitive and open and a little dark, self-deprecating and charming. I think I understand him and I think I understand that facet of this personality now and I like it. And aside from the fact that he’s charming and amazing and handsome and all these things, it made it very easy to understand why you would fall in love with him and to be able to portray that in a non-creepy way is great. I think that from my point of view I root for that love, and it’s not a love that you go, Oh, this is some older guy and some younger girl. I like that. They have a familiarity, they have a friendship. It’s completely understandable why they would seek each other out and why they would be with each other.

West Orange, New Jersey plays a pretty large role itself in this movie just as New York plays a massive role in Gossip Girl. How did working off these two locations inform your role and how were these experiences different?
I’m from Florida, so I think I understand suburban life. I’m from a small island where the streets are really small and clean, and it sort of represents the American Dream, which is you go and you live in a perfect little house on a perfect little street with your perfect little family and you live happily ever after, and that’s not really what it is. I think everyone can relate to that. Even if you live in a big mansion you’re not going to have the happiness that you expect. So I think that’s kind of what it means to live in West Orange. That’s why this movie is set there. It’s these perfect little houses where you live across the street from your best friends, and it seems like it would be your dream to live that way forever, but they’re not happy. As for Manhattan, it’s a beautiful backdrop. I didn’t grow up in New York and I didn’t grow up in the New York that they grew up in.

Few people did.
I know that there are some people who have though, and I don’t relate to that as much but I do understand it.

The last season of Gossip Girl is coming up. Have you filmed the final episode yet?
No, we’re filming the 8th episode on Tuesday and there are 10 episodes, so I have three more episodes.

That’s exciting. Do you feel any trepidation approaching the last episode?
No. I think at first when I started the season, I was like, Oh my god, this is going to be strange, but I think it’s going to be good. I’m happy and I feel like everyone who watches is probably going to be happy. And it’s just time. I think personally I’ve grown a lot. I started when I was 21, and I’m 26 now, so I’ve grown. It’s familiar and comfortable, but it’s time to change that. And creatively more than anything is where I’ve felt the need to expand. It’s going to be very strange. It’s funny how that’s been my destiny over the bulk of my 20s—to do that show in New York. I remember being 12 and being like, I’m going to go to New York and buy flowers to put in the basket of my bicycle and live in the West Village! That’s what I thought was going to happen.

Do you know how  you want Blair to end up?
Ya, in a show people go, “I really like you romantically involved with that person” and it sort of influences how you see it and I think how the writers have been seeing it. People like Chuck and Blair together so they’re gonna be like, “We’re going to make them end up together.” I mean, I don’t know, I never get to know what’s happening and they’re keeping it a secret.

What do you think you’ll miss the most about being on set and being involved in that project?
The people. But I know I’ll be able to see them again because everyone is just going to get new jobs. Like when I did this movie I worked with a bunch of the same people, the sound people and stuff. I see those people more than my own family. I think I’m just really excited because it’s like the last six years of my life have been determined by the schedule of Gossip Girl. I get two weeks at Christmas because that’s how much time we have.

What are your post-Gossip Girl plans?
I mean, this was an amazing experience and if I can do movies where I feel this good from now on I would like to do that. Obviously I don’t want to play the same characters again, like a rich spoiled girl. I just want to be uncomfortable and in unfamiliar places.

I think that’s it, unless you want to talk about Blake Lively’s wedding.
Are you from Canada?

Yes! How did you know?
Your accent.

Can you comment at all on Blake’s wedding?
I think they don’t want to talk about it.

We’re not allowed. I had to ask!
I know, I know, everyone has to ask.

Source: Bullet Media

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Posted on Sep 20, 2012 Written by Angelic

You’ve always been a big proponent of going makeup-free when you are off-camera. How would you advise women to work up the confidence to try that themselves?
“It has a lot to do with my job, [which] entails wearing makeup every single day and that’s something you get really sick of. I remember before I was comfortable, I would look at my skin and think ‘oh I need makeup’ or ‘I should pencil in my brows.’ You get used to [looking at] yourself wearing makeup, but makeup isn’t really benefiting your skin. [I would advise women] to give it a trial period — your skin will glow in a way you haven’t seen before.

“I recently tried BB cream — the Maybelline one from the drugstore — and I really liked it a lot. It’s not a total makeup look, but it’s benefiting your skin, so if I want to look if I put some effort in, at least I know my skin is protected from the sun. I do like makeup, but putting on a face to go out — I’m not that good at it. So, having a very quick makeup routine is beneficial.”

That must make skin care really important, for you. What’s your routine like?
“Depends on the day. If I’m really busy, I carry around travel toner. If you’re sweating or you go to exercise or you want to wash your face but don’t want to go through a whole routine, it’s good to have toner. I’m also a big advocate of eye cream. As much as the rest of my face can be kind of oily, I get dry around my eyes. I love Vasseur, Tata Harper, and Ren. Vasseur has a really good product called Day Glow — it’s kind of like BB cream, so you don’t need any foundation on your face and it has sunscreen.” 

What are your top three beauty must-haves?
“My top hair product is Moroccanoil because my hair goes through a lot and I need to protect it, nourish it, and treat it. Plus, it also smells really good. For skin care, I would say I love the entire product line from Vasseur but I especially love the Green Tea Skin Rejuvenating Serum. It’s a magical serum that does everything. I love an eyelash curler because a little bit of that goes a long way. I’m also a fan of red lipstick because if you’re going to put anything on to make a statement, a red lip [is the best]. I found one in the H&M Lanvin collaboration that I’m holding on to like treasure.” 

We spoke with Blake a few weeks ago about the end of Gossip Girl and she likened the experience to college, in that now she is facing the “real world.” Do you feel the same way?
“I think the best part is that now I can pretty much do whatever I want with my life. I can visit my family as much as I want and be open for other projects. That was one of the biggest barriers over the past six years. I think you sort of get into a comfort zone when you are on a show for so long and you stop being stimulated by the character. As much as I loved the people I work with, I’m ready to move on. I don’t want to be a Blair-like character in a movie, ever.

“I want to be challenged and stimulated. Doing The Oranges [Leighton's newest movie], was the best experience of my life. It changes a lot for me. It inspired me to figure out a different way of doing things. Working with [director] Julian Farino and Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney — being around all these incredibly talented people was really exciting. I don’t think I would consider doing a TV show for quite a while, but I would never say never.” 

We, for one, can’t wait to see what’s next for Leighton, as long as she promises she won’t be a stranger onceGG signs off for good this spring. Pinkie swear, Leighton? 

Source: Refinery 29

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