×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Upper East Side stories a feast for Meester

'Gossip Girl' 100th Episode

Leighton Meester has sauntered around the Upper East Side in Blair Waldorf’s heels for 100 episodes, but she admits she’s nothing like her onscreen persona.

“I’m probably the least like my character of anybody,” Meester says, “She’s very dramatic and extravagant in a lot of ways. She’s always plotting and planning and gossiping. Even the smaller things like her style and her choice of men, all of it is very different than me.”

Though Blair has schemed and manipulated her way through five seasons, Meester loves the character for her confidence.

“She’s a really strong-willed woman,” she says. “She’s an admirable person because speaks her mind. She doesn’t take no for an answer.

“I was really lucky. In a world like TV, you usually don’t get characters, especially young female characters, that are so well-rounded.”

Meester calls “Gossip Girl” a “dream project” and credits the show for her success.

“It’s so much experience packed into every single day. You’re constantly being able to practice and hone your talent,” she says, but adds she can “get quite bored easily.”

Her film roles include an aspiring country singer in “Country Strong” and a co-ed channeling “Single White Female” in “The Roommate.” Meester, also a singer, lent her voice to Cobra Starship’s song “Good Girls Go Bad,” featured on an episode of “Gossip.”

As Blair has gone from prep-school queen bee to princess-to-be, one relationship has remained constant — Blair’s on-again-off-again romance with “Gossip” bad boy Chuck Bass, played by Ed Westwick.

“He and I work really well together because there’s this chemistry that works offscreen as well,” Meester says. “Even with non-romantic (storylines when) our characters are fighting, I just really enjoy it, but I’d rather they be getting along.”

In contrast to the Upper East Side decadence of “Gossip,” Meester reflects fondly on the normal on-set moments the cast has shared throughout the years.

“The best part of work is the hair and makeup room at the stages where we have all of our dogs,” Meester says. “Everybody brings in magazines and movies and we all eat in there and hang out. It’s a family affair.”

‘Gossip Girl’ 100th Episode
Program don’t preach | Four letters transformed youthful series ASAP | Top five OMFG moments in ‘Gossip Girl’ history | Upper East Side stories a feast for Meester | Fans fasten their seatbelts for a sartorial ride

More TV

  • 'SNL' Turns the Impeachment Hearings into

    'Saturday Night Live' Turns the Impeachment Hearings into a Soap Opera (Watch)

    “Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Nov. 16 episode with a take on the biggest news story of the previous week (and foreseeable future): the impeachment hearings. But another big story of the week, especially in Hollywood, was how NBC’s last remaining daytime drama, “Days of our Lives,” had let its actors out of their [...]

  • Andy Cohen attends BravoCon's "Watch What

    'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' to Debut in 2020

    Bravo announced Saturday during its first annual BravoCon that a tenth “Real Housewives” series, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” will debut in 2020. Bravo host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen made the announcement during a panel titled “Ask Andy” at the NYC convention. “We’ve always tried to choose a city that [...]

  • Sterling K. Brown on His Oscar

    Sterling K. Brown on His Oscar Buzz for 'Waves': 'Kind of Surreal'

    Sterling K. Brown can’t quite comprehend the awards attention he’s receiving for his work in the A24 drama “Waves.” “If the Academy sees fit to put me in a category with people who I absolutely adore, I will pee all over myself, dude” the Emmy winner says on the latest episode of “The Big Ticket.” [...]

  • TV News Roundup: 45th Annual Humanitas

    TV News Roundup: 45th Annual Humanitas Nominees Announced

    In today’s TV news roundup, Humanitas has released the finalists for the 45th Annual Humanitas Prize, and YouTube announced a new beauty competition series hosted by James Charles.  CASTINGS Jason Kennedy has been named as the host of E!’s new series “In The Room.“ The “E! News” host will bring viewers inside celebrity homes for [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Viacom Extends 'The Office,' 'Parks and Recreation' Syndication Deals

    “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” reruns will continue to air on Viacom linear networks for the foreseeable future. The company announced that it has reached a new deal with NBCUniversal to keep “The Office” on Comedy Central through 2021. The series will then air in a non-exclusive window on Viacom Media Networks through 2025. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content