Gossip Girl is one of the greatest teen dramas that has ever made for TV, and the exciting plots, fast-paced setting, intriguing relationships, and overall mystery still drive fans crazy, all these years later.
But which of these people dated in real life? How did these actors and actresses land their respective parts? Who came up with this story, and did they like the portrayal? Would the show have been super different if, say, Chuck and Nate switched characters? Would it be super different in today’s time?
We will dive into all of this and more as we look at behind-the-scenes facts and go over the burning questions we still don’t know the answers to and are still wondering about regarding this fascinating television series.
20 Couples Dated In Real Life
Everyone knows that Chuck and Blair and Dan and Serena end up together within this series, but who knew that some of these people dated in real life, too?
Yes, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley were really a thing, as were Leighton Meester and Sebastian Stan, Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick, and Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle.
19 This Helped People ‘Buy Into This World’
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Blake Lively said their bosses wanted these stars to dress in real life how they dressed on the television show and to actually date each other (as they did).
But why? Because it would feed into their “whole narrative” and help people “buy into this world.”
18 Two Of These Stars Didn’t Let Their Personal Drama Affect Their Scenes
When Blake Lively and Penn Badgley’s relationship finally did end, they didn’t tell anyone about it, as they didn’t want it to interfere with the on-again, off-again relationship between their characters, Serena and Dan.
It may have gotten awkward for them at times, but man, talk about some good acting!
17 A Teen Sold Scripts Of The Show Online
A Gossip Girl producer told Vanity Fair that the show’s scripts kept ending up online. They even hired a private investigator (like Andrew Tyler!) to look into this leak.
It turned out that a teenager got into a writer’s email account and was trying to sell the scripts on eBay.
16 Some Of The Series’ Songs Were From The Stars
Taylor Momsen is the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless. Leighton Meester has released her own music, as well as a song with Cobra Starship. And Ed Westwick is part of a band too.
Meester’s and Westwick’s music can be heard on Gossip Girl... but not Momsen’s. When asked why a spokesperson from the CW said: “her music is not ready yet.”
15 Leighton Meester Proved She Was Meant To Play Blair
Just as Queen B Blair Waldorf did whatever it took to get what she wanted, the actress who played her, Leighton Meester, did as well.
As fans know, Serena is the blonde lead on this show, but Meester came in with blonde hair, too… so she immediately dyed it to show how much she wanted this part!
14 Producers Turned Concerns Into Ads
There are lots of mature topics on this television series, and many parents spoke out against it all.
Those working on Gossip Girl took those concerns and ran with them, though, turning their words into tantalizing ads that just made it all look even more appealing to fans and followers!
13 ‘Gossip Girl’ Is Inspired By Its Author’s Life
Cecily von Ziegesar wrote the Gossip Girl book series, which, of course, became a TV show. And it is inspired by her life!
She attended a school called Nightingale, which is apparently a bit like The Constance Billard School for Girls. She even got to be in the show, in the finale episode of season four.
12 She Didn’t Like Vanessa’s Portrayal
Author Cecily von Ziegesar did have one complaint with the show, though: Vanessa Abrams.
She told MTV that the book version of this character has a shaved head and wears black and that she wished the TV version was more like that. Oh, and her favorite character from the series? Chuck Bass!
11 This Actor Didn’t Know He/She Was Gossip Girl Until The Last Episode
Spoiler alert… Dan Humphrey was revealed as being Gossip Girl, and the actor who played him, Penn Badgley, didn’t find out until right before shooting the final episode!
He told HuffPost Live he was surprised and that it technically wouldn’t have made sense for anyone to have really pulled it all off and that Dan must have just been completely schizophrenic.
10 Still A Secret: We Want To Know If These Actresses Really Didn’t Get Along
Rumors flew that Blake Lively and Leighton Meester did not get along. However, Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Georgina, is quoted as saying that that was not true, that they were all chill and that it was cool.
We don’t see these two star actresses hanging out together in today’s time, though… so who knows for sure?!
9 Still A Secret: We Want To Know Why Eleanor Waldorf Changed
True fans will know that in the first episode of this show, Eleanor Waldorf was played by Florencia Lozano. For the rest of the time, though, Margaret Colin played this iconic and powerful role.
Why was the switch made, and how would it all have been different with Lozano there?
8 Still A Secret: We Want To Know Who Would’ve Starred If These People Had Gone To College
It has been reported that at least Blake Lively and Penn Badgley turned down their roles at first. Why? Well, they had been planning on going to college.
Obviously, they went with Gossip Girl instead, but we wonder who would have been cast if they had gone off for higher education…?
7 Still A Secret: We Want To Know How Ed Westwick Could Have Played Nate
When Ed Westwick came to audition, he actually read Nate Archibald’s lines—how strange! The team then asked him to try out Chuck Bass, though, and the rest is history.
Just try to imagine these actors in each other’s roles within this show, though… It just doesn’t seem to fit at all.
6 Still A Secret: We Want To Know How Chuck’s Storylines Predicted The Future
Early on, Chuck got himself into some sticky situations with ladies like Serena and Jenny; he was the bad boy, but he definitely crossed the line in a big way at times.
And in real life, actor Ed Westwick has recently had some eerily similar issues in real life (though rumor has it he's been absolved).
5 Still A Secret: We Want To Know How These Characters Forgave Each Other
Speaking of… How did these characters get over some of this stuff?! It is great that their friendship is so strong, but we don’t know if we could get over some of these actions.
Blake Lively even said she would not have been proud to be the person who did some of the things Serena van der Woodsen did.
4 Still A Secret: We Want To Know How Steamy These Scenes Got
And we have to wonder… How steamy did it all really get? This show is known for going there and pushing the boundary, and then we add in the fact that these people dated in real life, too.
In conclusion, wow. Just imagine being a fly on that wall and in that limo!
3 Still A Secret: We Want To Know How Blair Waldorf Ended Up With Seth Cohen
Of course, the actress who played Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl is actually married to the actor who played Seth Cohen on The O.C. It gets better, though: there were talks of a prequel/spin-off series that would focus on Lily in high school.
And Kirsten and Jimmy from The O.C. would have been in that area in that time, as well, so there was a chance that they could all have been friends!
2 Still A Secret: We Want To Know How The Show Would Be Different Today
A lot has changed since this show ended, especially when it comes to technology. It is fun to think about how different plots would have played out today, with more dating platforms, social sites, selfies, and live feeds.
The basis would be the same, but we are sure there are parts that would either have to be modified or that would be even better in 2019.
1 Still A Secret: We Want To Know If A Reunion Is Happening
It is the time of reboots and revivals, so can fans expect a Gossip Girl reunion?
When asked about it, Leighton Meester said she would do it “if everyone was into it and if the timing was right. Leighton said that they owe so much to the series and that it would be “silly not to acknowledge that.”
Sources: Vanity Fair, OK Magazine, Elle, Daily Mail, Huffpost, Cosmopolitan