“We didn’t see a lot of other girls for Serena,” Schwartz said.“She has to be somebody that you believe would be sitting in the front row at Fashion Week eventually.”2."It can make you forget what you look like, and I've grown to really love the way I look without it."Sound surprisingly unsnotty? In fact, the night before, she ordered in burgers and watched Home Alone 2 with a friend.But that's not to say she's always a homebody — cast members often go out together, and Leighton's been written up in New York gossip columns for "downing tequila shots" and making out with abandon at nightclubs.Lively was about to quit acting and enroll in college (she had deferred the year before) when she was offered the role. "Then they [ and Savage] said, ‘Okay, you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week.In fact, she tried to decline the part when it was first offered, but they tricked her into taking it. After the first year [of the show], it’ll quiet down.
really did have a profound effect on retail—but designers were much more interested in it after the first season."I auditioned and then I tested once and then we did a screen test with everybody. Crawford and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) were actual roommates in a two-bedroom apartment in Chelsea when they filmed the show.11. “We had these girls coming up to us [at an Arctic Monkeys concert], and they were kind of freaking out about it: ‘Oh, we love the books.’ [Ed and I] kept looking at each other like, shit, man.” set when they were shooting, and it really was insane.“I opened up my trailer door to see, literally, on my first day, I think 40 paparazzi," Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina Sparks) said.Leighton shows up makeup-free in retro Nike sneakers, skinny jeans, a black tank top, and...horn-rimmed glasses (are you picturing this? Clearly, she's not going out of her way to project an intimidating image on us or the customers doing double-takes as they walk by."I never wear makeup when I'm not at work," she explains.You should read the whole thing here, but below, the juiciest tidbits.and Stephanie Savage were inspired to seek out Blake Lively for Serena van der Woodsen because online message boards showed fans of the book series fantasy-cast her in the role., in honor of this 10-year anniversary, did a fascinating reflection piece with the cast (except Penn Badgley, a.k.a.Dan Humphrey, who declined to be interviewed like a true Lonely Boy)."And Blake was blonde, obviously; Serena had to be blonde. “[I thought] I just don’t see her as Blair Waldorf. She’s the perfect girl for this.’” would become the phenomena it did. “I remember saying when I read this script, ‘Whoever does this will not be able to walk out of their house ever again and be the same as before they started this.’ You could tell it was a cultural phenomenon.I can’t see it.” Then Meester turned “slyly in her chair” with Blair’s iconic headband and went into character. “I think it was just the normal, typical pilot season audition for me," she recalled. That was both exciting and thrilling, but also very scary.” was the most illegally streamed show in China, then-CW president of entertainment Dawn Ostroff was told by Chinese executives.10. Even before the pilot even aired, Westwick and Crawford were being hounded by girls.