Prepare to feel a wee bit old: The first bout of Gossip Girl shown almost a decade ago.
As you might recall, the CW strike made waves on Sept. 19, 2007, following the acceptance of the publication series written Cecily von Ziegesar, quickly catapulting Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley to fame.
Honoring the major anniversary, Vanity Fair caught up with the solid and crew–including designers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz as well as article writer Joshua Safran–who disclosed some unexpected facts not the show’s biggest followers may have known about.
1. It Was Inspired After The O.C.’s Success: Schwartz and Savage were also the makers and showrunners in the O.C. These were looking for something in the same way exciting to do after the show’s end, and Gossip Lady was just the best way to do it.
“We discovered a lot of lessons [on The O.C.] and its kind of crazy four-year run that people wanted to take and apply to something continue,” Schwartz said. “And we were really excited about doing something in New York.”
2. Blake Lively Was Pegged for Serena Van der Woodsen From the Start: Because of the catalogs’ fan categories and message boards as well as Lively’s recognition in Sisterhood of the Visiting Pants, the makers already had a concept Lively was the lady for the role.
“We didn’t visit a lot of other females for Serena,” Schwartz said. “She should be somebody that you think would be seated in leading row at Fashion Week eventually.”
3. But Lively Wasn’t So Sure: She wished to get her degree. “I said, ‘No, I want to go to college or university. Many thanks, though,'” Lively recalled. “They said, ‘OK, you can go to Columbia [University or college] 1 day a week. Following the first year [of the show], it’ll calm down. Your life will go back to normal and you may start heading to school. We can not put it in writing, but we promise you can go.’ So that’s why I said, ‘OK. Guess what happens? I’ll do this.'”
She never ended up finishing college.
4. Leighton Meester Was Underwhelmed With the Audition Process: “I believe it was just the standard, typical pilot season audition for me,” she recalled. “I auditioned, and i quickly tested once, and then we performed a display screen test with everybody. And, that was it…I dunno. I got it.”
But her recollection doesn’t entirely match her actions at that time.
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester
“She emerged in and she was really funny, and really smart and played susceptible,” Schwartz clarified. “But there is one problem: She was blonde. And Blake was blonde, definitely; Serena needed to be blonde. So, [Leighton, who enjoyed Blair Waldorf] went to the sink and dyed her locks. She sought it.”
5. The Two Women Couldn’t Have Been ANY LONGER Different: “Blake is very much indeed in as soon as. Blake has learned what’s going on. She does know this movie’s developing, this band is going on,” Safran recalled. “Leighton [on the other hands] was very removed and very peaceful, and, after her scenes were done, she’d wander the level. I needed this image of her just in these stunning dresses with a reserve in her side, sort of a little bit out of concentrate out in the edges.”
6. And They Weren’t BFFs: “Blake and Leighton were not friends,” Safran extended. “These were friendly, but they weren’t friends like Serena and Blair. Yet the second they’d be on establish together, it’s as though they were.”
7. Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford Were BFFs: The two–who enjoyed Chuck Bass and Nate Crawford–actually resided together in an apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood when the show began filming. They first bonded at an Arctic Monkeys concert.
“We’d these girls approaching to us, and they were kind of freaking out about it: ‘Oh, we love the books.’ [Ed and I] kept looking at one another like, shit, man,” Crawford recalled.
8. Westwick’s Style Was Influenced by Jersey Shoreline: However, not how you’d think. Alternatively, the reason Westwick was so put together and fashionable was to bring the contrary of Jersey Shoreline to TV.
“I believe because he was a Brit and experienced a different understanding of clothing and what this means, he was game day one,” Gossip Woman costume developer Eric Daman discussed. “He previously an extremely big impact on menswear and how men dress today, and on what getting decked out means. Menswear, at that point, was still very Jersey Shore…I’m very proud we surely got to break to the men and be like, ‘No, it’s Okay to decorate. You’re not gonna look like some big pansy because you’re in a fucking suit, dude. Suck it up, put on the bow tie up.'”
9. And Penn Badgley Was Very Much Dan: Despite often his apparent dislike for the show, Badgley (who played out Dan Humphrey) was like his figure both on- and off-camera.
“Penn didn’t like being on Gossip Lady, but…he was Dan,” Safran said. “He may well not have liked it, but [his figure] was the closest to who he was.”
10. Badgley and Lively Kept Their Break up a Secret for just two Months: The on-screen few dated in real life for 3 years while filming the show. However, when they divided in 2010 2010, they didn’t want to buy to hinder the show or their jobs.
“The stunning thing was, I then found out on the set of the season two finale that Blake and Penn experienced broken up weeks before,” Safran recalled. “They stored the breakup concealed from the team, which you could never do now. I don’t even understand how they did it. They held it from every person which is a testament to how good they can be as actors. Because they did not want their personal crisis to relate with the show.”
11. And Leonardo DiCaprio Eventually Acquired a direct effect: When Lively started out going out with DiCaprio in 2011 (before she ended up with Ryan Reynolds), it motivated the Gossip Lady writers. In fact, they even changed the show’s filming to L.A. for a time.
“We discovered a great deal from Blake,” Safran said. “When I think about firing the L.A. shows, Blake was going out with [DiCaprio] at the time, and she had this thing where she got a doll that she got photos of this she sent to Leo. Blake was way ahead of the curve. It had been pre-Instagram. She was documenting her life in photos in a way that people weren’t yet doing.”
12. It Felt SIMILAR TO Marketing Than Acting: Lively accepted that her real life and the show often crossed restrictions, which only heightened its reputation. In fact, she said she never really noticed like she was behaving.
“It believed like we were in the heart of a marketing machine, a ethnical pop happening,” she accepted to Vanity Fair. “We were creating three shows at once sometimes, we were given our lines at the last minute, we didn’t know where our personas were going; there is no planning or arc…It almost believed just like a sketch show. We were fundamentally sort of reading off of cue cards. There have been people capturing the whole time and paparazzi jumping before the cameras–it thought like we were part of the cultural experiment…There is something neat about this.”
13. The Show Actually Possessed Its Own Gossip Young lady: Before hacking was a good major thing, someone was getting into Gossip Girl messages and stealing scripts to market online.
“Our scripts were finding yourself online, and we couldn’t work out how,” one of the show’s companies recalled. “We employed a private investigator. We didn’t understand what was happening, because everything was getting leaked, every details…A teenager, I believe either [from] Russia or Bulgaria, experienced hacked one of the writer’s e-mails, and was reselling scripts on eBay. However they were underage, so they couldn’t be prosecuted. It had been a f–king creation nightmare. We would have to ‘X’ out every script. We would have to printing on red newspaper…It had been like there was a ‘Gossip Young lady’ in our system.”
14. Westwick Still Doesn’t Know Who the Real Gossip Lady Is: Despite the fact that the season finale unveiled who’d been putting your signature on “xoxo, gossip gal” those years, Westwick didn’t receive the memo.
“I still am uncertain who GG was lol,” he admitted to VF.
15. A Reboot Isn’t From the Table: When asked about a potential spin-off series or reunion show, both producers and the cast didn’t completely deny it.
“Yeah, I don’t really hear [conversation of] that,” Meester said. “I guess I hear that in works with and starts occasionally, but it’s hard to state. If everyone was into it in case the timing was right, you understand? I don’t want to say, ‘No, never.'”
Lively, on the other palm, said she’d “of course” have a role on the reboot under consideration.
“I’m open to anything that’s good, that’s interesting, and this type of feels necessary,” she said. “I envision we all would [consider it]. I cannot speak for everybody else, but most of us owe much to the show, and I feel that it would be silly not to recognize that.”