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Leighton Meester Dishes about "Gossip Girl"

Leighton Meester Dishes about "Gossip Girl"

The sudsy "Gossip Girl" has been one of the most talked-about shows at the TCA press tour. At a bustling party for The CW's stars the other night, I pulled aside Leighton Meester, who plays Blair, for some scoop on her role in the show. Here are some highlights of our conversation:

On the best part of playing Blair: "She kind of is a quintessential bitch, and I would say that's awesome and I love to play that — believe me, it's really really fun. But it's not just that, and that's the best thing. She has all these issues that she's dealing with that I think a lot of young women are going to be able to relate to and look up to. She's very vulnerable and very insecure, and everybody, obviously, can relate to that. She's dealing with issues of friends and family and, you know, love, boyfriend, school, body image, whatever. And she's dealing with that under a lot of scrutiny. It's so much pressure, and I think she takes a lot of that out on herself."

On reading the Gossip Girl books: "I actually read the script knowing that they were based on books, and I was like, 'I have to get my hands on these books, I have to!'" But now I'm really kind of wary to keep reading. I don't want to start off and be disappointed or spoil it — and also because I don't think [the show]'s going to follow precisely along with the books. Which, you know, it shouldn't. It should have its own life."

On playing a character people already know: "I've met a lot of girls who really love the books, and they really mean something to them, and my character means something to them, which is just really wonderful. It's so wonderful, even though it's kind of scary and weird to play something that somebody might feel really strongly about who they are. I'm kind of fearful someone's going to come up and and be like, 'Blair wouldn't do that!' But I feel like they're going to be really happy. Everybody that I've met that has been really into the books, they are absolutely thrilled."

More great quotes, so

On how she relates to her character: "I feel like she's got really good things about her that I would like to think I have too. In some respects she's really confident, and she's really cool, and she's sweet, and she's super smart, and really driven, and she knows what she wants, and she's obviously well dressed. But aside from that there's some things that are a huge challenge and I really will admit that it's kind of intimidating."

On Blair's insecurities: "I can definitely see how her mother makes her insecure, and that's sort of the beginning point to how she reacts with everybody else, how she reacts with even her best friend, who she is so jealous of and so insecure about. And she's so freaked out about being the most beautiful girl in the room."

On mean girls: "I've wondered since my first day in school ever if people are just inherently mean or bad or how they get that way. ... I think probably I have been that [mean] girl, and you know, somebody thinks about it for the rest of their life, and that's how they're going to remember me, which is really sad, cause I'm not! ... I think people can be nice, but I think especially in high school when they kind of feel that they have nothing better to do and the only most important thing is high school, they tend to be mean."


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
pretty lady!
Gossip-Girl-101 Gossip-Girl-101 9 years
She was meant to be Blair except she dosen't have brilliant blue eyes. but she is so blair. You kinda relate to that character because you may have the same insecurities and same qualities .
demeter demeter 9 years
I've never read the books, and I wont. But I love the series so far!
elramos elramos 9 years
I've been a fan of the books for a couple of years now, and I'm pretty sure the show will be a disappointment.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I've read the entire series since the beginning... and I am really mad about casting... I have a definite view of how each character should look, and the only one I am really disappointed in is the casting of Blair. Granted this actress maybe good at acting, I just expected a more... Ummm glamorous... person.... I just don't think she's jaw-dropping enough to make every girl jealous of her. She is beautiful, but her face is too round and cherubic. She looks like the girl next door, very approachable, very sweet, and Blair is suppose to be on the level of Super Models with a very stunning fox like face....I was thinking along the lines of a Megan Fox like face.... Alas, if I hadn't read the books first I would probably accept the casting... So I'm just going to have to watch the show and judge then,,,
KiwiLu KiwiLu 9 years
I have read the entire series and I can't wait to see the show! ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
these books, are about 15 year old girls...this actress is 21. Maybe they didnt want to show real girls acting the way the gossip girls do, which is to be completely without morals, character or real substance. They all engage in premarital sex, drug use, alcohol abuse and so forth and so on. Hopefully this series wont be too popular.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
In person, she was sweet, smart, thoughtful and composed — actually the same words I'd use for all the "Gossip Girl" girls I talked to (you'll be hearing more from the others soon). I hardly had to ask them questions; they had so much to say on their own!
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 9 years
I'm not sure what she was like in person, but on paper she's coming off as being a sweet, smart girl. It's impressive how she didn't shy away from answering each question in depth. Great interview, Buzz! This interview made me wonder if the show might be more well-acted than I was expecting.
shafiii shafiii 9 years
gossip girls sounds like its gonna be a really fun show ot watch!
sugababee sugababee 9 years
i think ive read the book before! §ound§ intersting!
CGW CGW 9 years
I've read all the books too! They totally are addicting. So far from what I've seen and heard about the show it seems like it will be pretty good. I'm sure it will be much more dramatic but TV and movies always are. The only thing I don't like is they seem to have left out one of the major characters from the book Vanessa. I didn't see her in the trailer for the show and they have no mention of her on imdb. Hopefully, I'm wrong about that part and she will be in there somewhere but I suppose we'll see when the show starts. To anyone that hasn't read the books, I totally recommend them. They are really, really good!
kissmesteph kissmesteph 9 years
I was addicted to the books and have them all. I'm nervous about how the show will be in comparison of my love of the books, but I'm excited nonetheless. YAY!
katnipp katnipp 9 years
i read these books last summer - they're so fun. can't wait for the show. i'm already planning a weekly 'gossip girl' night with some friends for the fall. oooo yay!
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
The books are addicting- I can get through one in half a day. She looks like a Blair to me. I can really imagine her in that part. Can't wait.
liz26111 liz26111 9 years
I cannot wait for the show, so I decided to read the book and they are so crack. I read two of them last week on the subway, order six this weekend and this morning started the third one. This show is the “it” show for me this fall.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great interview, Buzz. Leighton Meester seems to understand her role well and to be enjoying the challenge. Looking forward to this show even more now. Thanks for the scoop.
hvnly34 hvnly34 9 years
I'll have to check the books out!
blondebombshell blondebombshell 9 years
Yay, I am super excited about this show! The more I hear, the better it sounds.
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