Based on Cecily Von Ziegesar's bestselling YA series of the same name, the show was instantly a cultural phenomenon and the sole reason for a brief but intense resurgence of headbands. And since its series finale—on December 12, — Gossip Girl has been analyzed by every possible metric: the episodes summarized , the characters ranked , the couples ranked , and the best episodes complied. Now, we're undertaking the imposing but important! Armed with a Netflix password and a big bag of coke soda cans! Serena is mad at Blair for kissing Dan.
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- Based on Cecily Von Ziegesar's bestselling YA series of the same name, the show was instantly a cultural phenomenon and the sole reason for a brief but intense resurgence of headbands.
- Blair Waldorf gained a preppy cult following for her capes, coats, and signature headbands; Serena van der Woodsen took the opposite route in free-spirited dresses and tangly bohemian jewelry.
Gossip Girl , perhaps the greatest television show in history , turns nine today, September In a parallel universe right now, Blair and Chuck are staring at each other, Dan is writing a creepy blog post, and Serena is nonsensically frolicking in a field. For five years during the show's run, we lived and breathed the glossy problems of these privileged Upper East Side prep schoolers turned quasi-adult Manhattanites. The sex! The lies!
The sex again! It was a magical period for anyone who fantasized about wearing blazers every day. Ahhh, What a time to be alive! But the Gossip Girl brand is not without its flaws. In between the Sum tinged make-out sessions, aggressive headbands, and Jenny's eyeliner were glaring problems only true fans will admit. And by true fans, I mean people who devoured all of the books by Cecily von Ziegesar that the series is based on. Even a Park Avenue penthouse can have plumbing issues—and Gossip Girl had plenty.
Let's dive in, shall we? Disclaimer: If you're a blind stan stalker fan , you should probably stop reading right now. I'm about to poke justified holes in your fave. Jenny was all wrong. Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar explicitly describes Jenny Humphrey in the books as a short, meek brunette girl with major insecurities about her disproportionately large breasts.
Jenny's chest complex is a central part of her character. Taylor Momsen is tall. Taylor Momsen is blond. And, to my knowledge, Taylor Momsen isn't having identity crises every other day because she can't find a large-enough bra. Maybe she does—I don't know. But Momsen is 5'8", and Jenny is There is absolutely nothing wrong with Momsen, but when a character's psyche is literally built on specific physical attributes, you should find an actress who can portray those.
And well. If a character is insecure about being the tallest girl in the room, you wouldn't cast Anna Kendrick—unless you wanted to spend millions on CGI. And so was Dan. Where was Dan's sweaty notebook of poetry? Where were his instant coffee and cigarette addictions? Where were his skinny jeans?! Dan was written as a foil to the lunkhead, frat-boy wannabes at his private school; the show honors that—to an extent—but not enough. Bottom line, Penn Badgley was just too hunky to play a manic pixie dream boy.
Nate didn't smoke enough weed. Like Jenny's chest insecurities, Nate's penchant for pot was intricate to his personality. When in doubt, Nate got high. Nate was in doubt on the show a lot , but he didn't get high. Jenny, Dan, and Rufus lived in Brooklyn. They lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side in the books. If they lived in Brooklyn, why the heck would they commute all the way to uptown Manhattan for school? There are fancy private schools in Brooklyn too Chuck didn't have a white snow monkey perched on his shoulder at all times.
This was one of Book Chuck's best attributes. The CW really dropped the ball here. The parents were involved in the show too much. Ziegesar's Gossip Girl world had no parents whatsoever—that's why it's so decadent. The kids' parents were too busy skiing in Aspen to pay them any mind, so they left them in penthouses—unsupervised—to party recklessly as long as they kept up appearances.
Yes, they popped up every now and then, but not enough to warrant full-fledged storylines on the show. Helicopter mom Lily van der Woodsen was not part of the program.
The girls ate yogurt on the Met steps instead of smoking cigarettes. Ziegesar wrote the first Gossip Girl novel in , people. It was a different time.
Kids still thought smoking was cool! Blair didn't go to Yale. The girl deserved to go to f—king Yale—and she went in the books. Show plot logistics, be damned! The show was on The CW. Gossip Girl was a wildly provocative, dark, and indulgent book series.
The show was racy, yes, but putting it on basic cable prevented it from reaching its full potential. The naughtiness of these underage characters existed in their nuances: the weed, the cigarettes, the neuroses.
The CW watered down all of this. Unfortunately, the show never quite reached the "OMFG" level of its scandalous source material—despite a clever season two promotional campaign that suggested otherwise.
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And then have sex. Trying to trick someone into violating their parole is a pretty par for the course GG plot, as is Chuck mixing business and pleasure with Raina. The blowout outside the funeral feels earned, even though it comes at the start of the episode. Lily and Chuck play the pretend-to-fight-to-trick-your-common-enemy game, a game that is played on GG again and again and yet delights me every time. But the issue I'm here to discuss is not the perfectly decent storytelling or the cringe-y dialogue. Russell because she has read one book.
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About what that means for Serena and Dan? About Ms. About the fact that apparently Rufus and Lily have very loud sex? About Bass Industries? About Jack trying to rape Lily at the opera seriously, what is with the Bass men and boundaries? You have to admire a series where half the episodes take place at parties and half of those parties are themed parties and half of those themed parties also involve a bet with sex as the prize and the winner is declared at midnight.
I don't know if the actors were given the script the night before or if the coffee ran out at craft services or what, but the acting in this episode is just bad. What's notable here is the start of Nate and Jenny's endless courtship who doesn't root for two good-hearted simpletons? Also, say what you will about Blair being a diva, but crying at your own birthday party is a time-honored tradition among a certain set of tightly wound women.
There's a lot of pressure. Lotta twists, lotta turns. Then he forgives her. But, Blair, why would you want to be a bridesmaid? I appreciated the French farce of the Seder, even if catering-based plots are somewhat cliche seriously, they come up in every sitcom. Also, I really want to buy into Blair and Nate—but as we saw in the My Fair Lady opening, Blair uses relationships to define herself and figure herself out.
She seems like an awful girlfriend, actually. The apology itself is pretty mediocre, but at least he promises not to live in the same place as her. That's a good thing; but if seeing him is triggering for her, maybe he shouldn't be in her life every single day? Just a thought. Trying to trick someone into violating their parole is a pretty par for the course GG plot, as is Chuck mixing business and pleasure with Raina. This episode is going in so many different directions. Serena pushes Blair into a cake.
Thank God Vanessa was filming! A vanilla episode. It literally takes place at a sleepover where they try on clothes. But it's Blair who steals this episode with her imitation of a pill addict.
Weird Blair is the best Blair. Blair is acting out some kiddie version of melodrama by hiring her dad's boyfriend's ex to come lure said boyfriend away from said dad in a quasi- Parent Trap attempt to keep her family together for the holidays. Dan and Serena don't know what to get each other for Christmas because this is the Disney Channel, I guess.
Blair thinks Vanessa is being duplicitous in helping Serena, but none of them do anything about it. Let's focus on the good things: the Constance a Capella group, of which I cannot get enough, Blair's ugly pom-pom'd hat, lots of turtlenecks, Eric, a pure soul who is also very funny, Dorota's holiday-themed apron, Serena and Dan having sex in the snow room for the first time?
Serena's dress is cute, though. Remember those? The important things here are the introduction of Agnes, a character with too much personality, and Aaron Rose, a fuckboi. However, both serve important functions. Aaron is related to Cyrus, without whom we would all be lost, and Agnes is the evil mastermind behind Party Jenny, the truest Jenny to ever Jenny. I don't like when the characters are being duped; I like when they are doing the duping. Still, they found a way to make a financial scam not boring.
And Gabriel is so skeevy. That's a couple we can all get behind. The Nelly Yuki plot is funny and very high school, but did they have to go with the Asian nerd stereotype? Thus begins the endless talk of "old Serena" versus "new Serena," who constantly reverts back to "old Serena," which makes me think that there is only one Serena and she possibly has an undiagnosed mental illness.
Chuck has a bad dream about what he did to Blair, which I suppose is evidence of a guilty conscience. Chuck would dream in black and white.
You should probably listen to it right now People go nuts for this episode, and I don't know why. Royalty except The Princess Diaries is not interesting. It's status without power. I don't really care about Marcus or, later, Louis, or, earlier, the prince Blair was going to take to cotillion, whom we never met.
But the writing is still pretty good at this point, so. My knowledge in this area comes entirely from what happened to Mrs.
Bartlet in season three of The West Wing. In any case, Billy Baldwin as Dr. William van der Woodsen is one of the best casting choices of the show. This episode gets points for it being Halloween for once. The bit about the two co-stars needing to continue to date in real life lest the male star become irrelevant is maybe kind of definitely what actually happened on Gossip Girl.
Jenny is truly the worst in this episode. We start with a flash-forward wherein Serena and Tripp, literally dressed as Bonnie and Clyde, get into a car accident. It's not the first or the last on this show. No one can drive. Nate is merrily giving Dan advice on what to do about Vanessa, a girl whom Nate once loved. Nate only has eyes for Serena now. His advice? Bang an actress, for they are crazy. And then guess what? The actress turns out to be crazy.
Off in Nassau, Tripp and Serena take a break from their sexfest so Maureen can convince Tripp that he can have his cake and it eat too. But blackmail aside, am I the only one who thinks Maureen is justified? Nate is the only person who spends the night in Nassau, and he punches Tripp in the face. Nate is the best. It's so sincere and dark and political, which is a weird tone for the show. Serena sticks a graduation tassel in her hair. But who cares because we have a new queen of Constance!
Blair is like, Jenny is my pick. Good for her? Rufus and Lily are engaged. As with the first season finale, we wrap all this up fairly quickly with a non-answer to our central question Who is GG? Thanksgiving does bring out the best in the show. Good things: Dorota, Cyrus, Eleanor. Best thing: Nate's dad's mustache. Worst thing: Aaron. Final thought: Please go back and watch the little arm squeeze that Vanessa gives Chuck after they talk to Nate at the end of the episode.
Assassin seems fun. The best moments are courtesy of Dorota, who is adorable playing with that little torch tool that people use to make creme brulee and then gets proposed to. Jenny is desperately trying to win Nate over by reminding him of her legit victimhood to, I guess, appear to his savior side. Dan and Vanessa are both applying to the Tisch writing program, which I may have attended. Blair, Chuck, and Jack are acting out the plot of Indecent Proposal , but with a hotel and just the first part where they break up.
In the back half of the episode, we tease season two: Nate and Serena flirt, Dan and Vanessa flirt, Jenny gets her internship, Chuck meets and eye-bangs Lydia Hearst.
But the issue I'm here to discuss is not the perfectly decent storytelling or the cringe-y dialogue. No, what needs to be discussed—and at some length—is how terrible everyone looks at the wedding. Oh my God, they look so bad. Lily, the bride, is rocking a perfectly mediocre white strapless with some kind of goofy poof coming out of her hip. Chuck and Eric are stuck in light-gray suits with orange-patterned bowties. Dear sweet Nate is in a pinstriped suit that clashes loudly with his pinstriped shirt.
Blair, oh Blair, is in the pinkest pink floral satin monstrosity ever. To literally top it off she has a pink plastic headband with a flower-like structure coming out of it on top of her head. Jenny, meanwhile, must have some secret vendetta against Vanessa because she makes her a bell-sleeved frock that is bright orange. Who wears black fingerless leather gloves to a wedding? And what the hell is that cutout? We get it: There are boobs. What is that black flower thing around her neck?
If there were one thing I could ask Kristen Bell to explain in the voiceover, it would be why the costume department decided to ruin a perfectly good episode with a single black flower stuck on their main character's neck. This is the relationship Blair and Dan should have.
It should be the dynamic of a bickering odd couple, like a rookie cop and an old cop or a rookie detective and an old detective or a rookie lawyer and an old lawyer. The schemes here run the gamut from pedestrian throwing Nair on someone to calculus-level complicated Chuck hires Amanda to seduce Dan so that Serena will get her groove back and take down Blair.
You have a dozen kids, one incident, one secret, one perp, and who knows how many accomplices. And everyone's using their best weapons. Lily tries to fix things with money, Blair and Serena with manipulation, and Chuck with lies and intel.
The guerrilla fashion show—what an iconic, stupid, great, dumb, weird thing. The continuation of the get-into-Yale schemes is what it is, but I have a serious question: What was the writers' plan here?
Why make it so important and high stakes that every single main character wanted to go to college in Connecticut, when they very well knew they couldn't continue the show in that direction?
Yale is an interesting MacGuffin in the short-term, but the storytelling design flaw is so obvious. Holland, you tricky bitch. Did we ever find out what favor she owed William? Did I miss it? I liked how this episode was all twists and turns without scary dramatic moments; it was like a logic puzzle, and, how appropriate, it took place at a party at the library.
Agnes is back! The call girls are also of no use in taking down Jack Bass. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Dan are on a Rear Window -inspired date.
And we have a new devious grandparent in town, who literally goes by Grandfather. Carter Baizen makes an appearance just to bang sad Blair. Were the actors dating at this time or after? I forget, but they dated. The big stuff here is the breakup of Nate and Vanessa um, Nate, please confirm your breakup before you have sex with Blair.
We were just starting to really like you! Shoplifting Blair! Begging her way into Sarah Lawrence Blair! These are good Blairs. We even get a moment of Dorota yelling in Polish. This is quintessential GG. The drama here, insofar as there is any my, they do spend a lot of time wandering around at parties , is the introduction of Vanessa. We also meet Nate's mom, who I treasure.
There are fashion schemes by Jenny and the mean girls, a bet between Chuck and Blair, some weird slut-shaming of Aaron and his artist friend Lexi reminds one of Bex from season one, no? This is basically a season one episode plunked into season two, and for that I give it much thanks.
I do not get what he sees in Jenny. How dare Blair not realize she is in the presence of a truly wonderful man. Let them burn. Let it all burn. Serena refuses to leave jail to make a statement, and she is so steadfast in this that all it takes to get her to leave is for Dan to show up with a dress. She breaks up with Nate anyway, though, because high school is over. It's not as silly as the ad-hoc election for king and queen, but still silly. This would have been a show that posited Caroline Rhodes as the money behind the man who invented the fanny pack.
Is it too late to make this show happen? Classic antics. There are a lot of cute Humphrey moments, which I like, and many instances of people being very tense and very angsty at a party, which I adore. Dan is going to follow Chuck around as a…writing exercise? And Chuck is cool with this?
And ends up confessing his darkest secrets in jail? And yet, somehow, GG pulls it off. This is a fun episode. Sometimes things just work out the way you want them to. Where to begin. I know, Cotillion! We meet the power cliques of the other NYC prep schools, each of which has its own take on how to wear a blouse and cardigan.
I might love Nate? Do they have anything in common? Chuck traps Serena and Blair in an elevator so they can work their problems out, both of which trapped in an elevator; locking Blair and Serena in a room together to figure their problems out have been done before on this show and on every other show. And then they have a threesome! Serena van der Woodsen Bilt? Serena van van der der Woodsen Bilt? Can we just take a moment to appreciate that this entire episode takes place the morning before, and then during, brunch?
And there are women painted to look like marble statues! God, this show Specifically, this is the morning after the pilot a. At brunch! She doesn't get much screen time, but this is also the episode where we meet the series' best character: Dorota. Nothing like a good old-fashioned sex scandal sparked by a pregnancy scare. So so! The Internet, society, teenagers, whomever, all love to slut-shame, and Blair is no exception.
Other plots include Bex and Rufus snooze and hints that Jenny may very well be a sociopath. This is also the episode of big speeches. Great Blair line: "Maybe I am a total bitch. Did you ever think about that? It's interesting that Blair, reeling from a sex scandal, imagines herself as Holly Golightly, a sex worker. This episode especially, for some reason, screams It was a simpler time.
I will ignore that this is an episode in which someone drops yogurt onto someone else what? Is Branforth! Margaret Colin as Eleanor Waldorf! Michelle Hurd as Laurel! Sebastian Stan as Carter Baizen!
There is so much to recommend this episode, which is delightfully Jenny free. Croissants are delicious. There's so much going right. Actually, everything everybody wears the whole episode is on point. This is sentimental and satisfying, like Thanksgiving itself.
Chuck is MIA and Nate is off dealing with serious things, but the main arc puts kids and parents on a collision course, tangling the Waldorf, Humphrey, and VDW families in an emotionally consistent way. The bathtub water fight is stupid cute, but best of all is the chemistry between one-time real-life couple Matthew Settle and Kelly Rutherford: You really believe they hate each other, and you really believe they love d each other.
The blowout outside the funeral feels earned, even though it comes at the start of the episode. Of course they have a love child somewhere. Was it a boy or a girl? Really, Rufus? What peace will knowing the sex of an infant bring you? Anyway, this moment is touching enough in an episode of many touching moments, which brings us to the wedding of Cyrus and Eleanor.
I love this couple! I love that they get married right after a funeral. She has no love in her eyes or heart or mind for this guy, yet she needs Dan to give her a reason not to go on vacation with him. Serena, just chill alone. Be single. The episode, though, belongs to Chuck and Blair. This is peak Chuck and Blair.
This pilot does an incredible amount of work in just over 40 minutes. There are tights! And headbands! And yogurt! But as fun, funny, and structurally impressive as the first GG episode is, the thing we really have to talk about is: This is the episode where Chuck tries to rape Jenny. And Serena, actually. And unlike so many other series' deranged read: hastily and melodramatically written rapist characters, Pilot Chuck has a consistent M. He finds and flatters a vulnerable woman, physically isolates her, gives her something he knows she wants, and then demands sexual satisfaction in return.
He leverages his money and position to influence both Jenny and Serena. It would have been interesting to see a teen show with a sexually entitled main character who has to either unlearn his view of women or suffer the consequences. Instead, the show I have a theory about what went down. It's not uncommon for series to have a minor, or even major, retooling between the pilot and subsequent episodes.
On GG , you'll notice that Chuck has a mom in the pilot and doesn't later. We see Nate and Chuck riding the bus, but they have drivers the rest of the series. It seems like the writers needed a villain to create conflict and heighten the stakes, all of which Chuck does in the pilot.
Maybe they planned to make him deal with harsher consequences for the assault. Maybe they planned to kill him. I don't know. But they decided to keep him around, and no one really wants to write a charming rapist week after week. This episode is so well done.
We have Jenny in three scenes—the perfect amount of Jenny—being spurned by Blair and realizing that instead of a mother-figure she needs her actual mother. We have Dan's sexual performance anxiety made hilariously explicit in dream sequences. Good job sneaking that message about communication between consenting partners in there, writers. Serena thinking it can "just happen" when what she doesn't realize she needs is a thoughtful, plan-ahead guy like Dan, who gets new sheets because Vanessa said.
A guy who looks at Serena with love and respect, and she's never had that. If that moment doesn't make you want to cry, then you are dead inside. Which is all to say, this is the episode where Dan and Serena maybe?
Blair, who has tried to many times to engineer the perfect deflowering, doesn't realize she needs a passionate guy like Chuck to finally buy what she's been trying to sell. What gets overlooked here, because it's such a strong episode for the couples, is the father-son plots: Nate taking care of his drug-addict father by getting him arrested and Chuck trying to impress Bart but accidentally screwing up his relationship with Lily.
Just a great episode start to finish. Finales are incredibly difficult. And if this insane, sappy, over-the-top melodrama of a show is what you came for, this too-tidy, ridiculous, implausible finale is what you get.
And Lisa Loeb is there, so just you shut up about the final scene. The problem here is that Dan is Gossip Girl, and you know what? I love it. Fuck the plot holes. Fuck the fact that it ruins the series in retrospect. It doesn't have to make sense. It shouldn't make sense.
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Blake Lively had quit acting. The blonde Tarzana, California, native—who, one imagines, leaves a trail of sunflower emojis and the scent of cupcake icing in her wake wherever she goes—had had enough.
It was at about this time, in , that The O. But The O. As soon as they finished reading the first book, the duo knew this was it. Meanwhile, a new television network, the CW, was simultaneously in the midst of a delicate birthing process.
It was a perfect storm: a buzzy property, a hot creative team, and a new network. The official green light was a mere formality: Schwartz and Savage were off to the races. Waldorf is a brunette queen bee—controlling, poised, meticulous.
Van der Woodsen, by contrast, is the blonde, effortlessly cool free spirit. Blair, the Veronica, inspires fear; Serena, the Betty, inspires envy. Lively was not completely sold, though. Thank you, though. Your life will go back to normal and you can start going to school. You know what? If every generation has its one or two shows that prove defining, that essentially everyone seemed to watch as if there were no other choice in the matter, Gossip Girl —which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its premiere this September—would be that show for anyone who was a teenager or twentysomething or, in many cases, older than that!
The notion of a group of people being callously gossiped about online by an anonymous troll certainly has resonance in our current climate, in which celebrities as well as politicians and public figures are often blogged about with a blithe and biting disregard.
The show also debuted at the very end of the period during which people regularly watched shows live when they aired as opposed to on their DVRs or laptops or phones. I remember where I was [when watching it] and what I was doing in my life. Viewers wanted to dress like the characters; they wanted their haircuts and jewelry and ringtones; they wanted to talk like them and listen to the music they listened to.
Russell filmed a multi-episode arc, as, yes, a director. Trump said in an interview at the time that she never missed an episode of Gossip Girl. While the show was as zeitgeist-y as zeitgeist-y gets, Gossip Girl never did particularly well in the ratings. But it has enjoyed a continuing popularity, even 10 years later. Nearly every cast member I spoke with—from Crawford to Wallace Shawn —reported that they, to this day, are regularly stopped by foreigners who recognize them from the show.
During the filming of the pilot in —the cast now assembled in New York—Schwartz and Savage felt confident they had magic on their hands. But there was one problem: she was blonde. And Blake was blonde, obviously; Serena had to be blonde. So, [Leighton] went to the sink and dyed her hair. She wanted it. Lively said, frankly, she was scared about the attention that was to come. That was both exciting and thrilling, but also very scary.
I auditioned and then I tested once and then we did a screen test with everybody. And then, that was it. I dunno. I got it. On the precipice of what promised to be great fame, Texas native Crawford and Westwick, a young Brit in America on a work visa, decided to move into a two-bedroom apartment in Chelsea together. Schwartz and Savage said they were adamant about casting Westwick, who had initially auditioned to play Nate; when the network asked them to prep a backup in case his visa situation did not work out, the duo refused.
Before the show had even aired, but after casting had been announced, Westwick and Crawford were already getting swarmed when they ventured out in the wild. Crawford recalled attending an Arctic Monkeys show with Westwick, where they got a sense of what their future might hold. The CW moved ahead with the series after seeing the pilot, and Ostroff now says the show was essentially to the CW what House of Cards is seen as for Netflix—the singular series that came to represent an entire network.
There were just so many fans everywhere, and when we wrapped at the end of the day, there were handprints all over my car. It was like the Beatles were inside. Suck it up, put on the bow tie. While men may have taken fashion cues from the show, they perhaps gleaned other recreational benefits from it as well.
While the tabloids may have desperately hoped for some Lively-Meester on-set friction, this, by all first-hand accounts from those involved with the show, was not the case—though, god knows, that did not stop the tabloids from conjuring such tales.
We were all chill. It was cool. Have you been to this restaurant? 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.
They were friendly, but they were not friends like Serena and Blair. Lively has by now checked all three of these achievements off her list. It really felt like life imitating art. For the first few seasons of the show, Lively was dating Badgley—their characters dated on the show, as well—but the two were careful to keep the relationship largely hidden from the public eye. 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.
Lively said she now sees that those in power likely were thrilled about the fact that her personal life was receiving as much attention as it was. They wanted that, because then it fed their whole narrative. People could buy into this world. Badgley—who declined to be interviewed for this piece—has spoken publicly, since the show ended, about his displeasure with aspects of the series.
Meester was pursuing a pop music career on the side. Taylor Momsen —who played rebellious Jenny Humphrey—left the show to record and tour with her rock band, the Pretty Reckless. They were kids. They were young. Or, like, break your kneecap. Lively asked for the show to shift production to Los Angeles while she filmed the movie Savages, directed by Oliver Stone. She began dating Leonardo DiCaprio, which also—inadvertently, thanks to her innovative means of communication with the actor—came to influence the content of the show itself.
Blake was way ahead of the curve. She was documenting her life in photographs in a way that people were not yet doing. It felt like we were in the center of a marketing machine, a cultural pop phenomenon.
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. It was a fucking production nightmare.
We would have to print on red paper. Someone should let Ed Westwick know about the Dan reveal, though. Many of the cast members seem quite excited by the notion. And I think they should do it soon. I imagine we all would [consider it]. If everyone was into it and if the timing was right, you know?
At one point during my conversation with Safran—which took place in the very thematically appropriate King Cole Bar at the St. The year began for Lively with the release of the movie her husband, Ryan Reynolds , had fought to make for years, Deadpool. The film would go on to be nominated for two Golden Globes in December and become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
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