Outside of the delicious drama our favorite Upper East Siders deal with daily, what makes the "Gossip Girl" reboot great is the chemistry between the cast. It's easy to believe that Julien, Audrey, Monet, Luna, Max, Aki, and Obie are in fact longtime friends because their respective actors — Jordan Alexander, Emily Alyn Lind, Savannah Lee Smith, Zion Moreno, Thomas Doherty, Evan Mock, and Eli Brown — are also friends in real life. Even the addition of Whitney Peak's Zoya to the characters' group of friends feels genuine because of her magnetic connection with them.
Friendships and relationships (both old and new) are a big part of "Gossip Girl"'s dramatic second season, which kicked off on Dec. 1 — just take it from the cast. "Everything is a lot more intense this season, and we're kind of getting to see different sides and different stories from everybody," Peak tells POPSUGAR. Grace Duah, who plays Zoya's friend Shan, adds, "Whether it's platonic relationships or romantic ones, I really like how everybody is forced to reckon with who they really are. . . . This season puts a lot of people in the mirror and forces them to ask, 'Am I the problem?' And the answer's probably yes."
The bonds on "Gossip Girl" may be a little chaotic at times, but the cast's real-life friendships are still going strong. Whether they're goofing off between takes, posing on red carpets, or on vacation together, these stars clearly know how to have a good time. Scroll ahead to check out the cast's cutest photos together.