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PaleyFest: More of the Gossip Girl Gossip

Earlier today, I shared with you a few of the highlights from the Gossip Girl panel at PaleyFest. Well, that's not all the cast and creators had to say. Read on for some more funny bits and stories from how this group of ridiculously attractive people came together for the show:

  • With apologies to FabSugar, my fashion awards for the panel: Snazziest Blazer Award to Ed Westwick, Tallest Heels Award to Taylor Momsen, Best Emo Hair award to Chace Crawford, and Best "Oh, I Just Threw This On" Award to the casual-chic Lively.
  • Speaking of styling, Entertainment Weekly's Tim Stack, who moderated the panel, really could not stop complimenting Lively's hair, at one point calling it "the best head of hair in Hollywood." I know Molly would agree.
  • Speaking of Lively, executive producer Josh Schwartz said that when they started casting the series, they found a lot of fan sites for the books that mentioned her as a choice for Serena if the series were ever made into a movie or show, which convinced them to go meet her.
  • Penn Badgley, meanwhile, had done three other WB series before Gossip Girl and wasn't keen on doing another, but he'd worked with executive producer Stephanie Savage on The Mountain (which got scattered cheers from the crowd; Savage attributed the clapping to her mom and sister) and decided to give it a shot.
  • On what should happen with Rufus and Lily: "It's 2008," said Matthew Settle. "I think they should have a double date with the kids!" He then let loose with an extended ode to Rutherford: "I look at you and I feel warm . . . my wife can't see this, right?"

Lots more — including what Gossip Girl series author Cecily von Ziegesar first thought when she heard the folks from The OC were adapting her work — plus some video from the panel if you


  • Von Ziegesar said she was "overwhelmingly happy" with the way Schwartz and Savage had adapted her books but admitted that her expectations were incredibly low. She said that, never having seen The OC, she imagined that the OC folks' version of Gossip Girl would have Serena as a beach volleyball player, Nate as a lifeguard, and Blair as "a teen mom by day and a stripper by night."
  • While the idea of making a series out of Gossip Girl would seem like a slam dunk, apparently it wasn't so easy: The material had been developed twice before, once as a movie and once as a pilot for Fox. Obviously, neither attempt was successful. The big difference with this adaptation, the producers said, was that Schwartz and Savage gave Serena more drive.
  • On filming in New York: Producers said it can be a pain to have crowds stopping to gawk at the shoots, and Kelly Rutherford said she gets nervous about paparazzi darting in front of cabs to get their shots. Lively and Leighton Meester seemed most annoyed about the photographers eating food from their craft service table.
  • Speaking of Rutherford, she's so Lily van der Woodsen, it's scary. I had a hard time remembering she wasn't in character.
  • Will Blair and Chuck ever reconnect romantically? Meester said there will probably always be some sort of tension between the two because in a way, they're perfect for each other. "He understands her like nobody else does," she said.
  • If the show goes on for years, Schwartz and Savage have a plan for continuing it without making everyone be 25-year-old high schoolers. "New York is more of the franchise of the school than high school is," he noted — and Savage pointed out that school is such a small part of the show, they don't even have a classroom set.

The Paley Center's official highlights are still to come, but you can watch almost the whole panel on YouTube. Here's a clip:


Join The Conversation
crystahl crystahl 9 years
awwwwwww i love gossip girls! its soo addicting. i just wish i could get my roommate to appreciate it like i do! :)
pargie pargie 9 years
That's cool demeter, I'm going to check out the rest of your videos. I love Gossip Girl, I only watched it because there was nothing else on (after the demise of Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls) I'm hooked! I love all of the characters, and even though people hate on Blake you gotta admit that there is something about a Kate Hudson-esque glow or something.
demeter demeter 9 years
Yay you guys posted my video!! That Youtube account is mine BTW! I got all of those Paley videos! <3
advo advo 9 years
^Yep, that was Leighton. She was actually quite Serena-esque. The first time I saw her though, was in Surface. "Will Blair and Chuck ever reconnect romantically? Meester said there will probably always be some sort of tension between the two because in a way, they're perfect for each other. "He understands her like nobody else does," she said." Does that mean, there's no more hope for Chuck and Blair? Please don't break my heart! He does understand her like nobody else - perhaps with the exception of Serena.
mlen mlen 9 years
whats so funny is in the last post someone mentioned leighton's role on house, and i had said i never put two and two together- and it was actually on last night! and yes she was a blonde!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I can't wait for it to start again. I might go back and watch all the old episodes so I am perfectly up to date when it does start.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
repeat offender here. i call them as i see them
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I think Leighton is such a better actress (but she also has the better part, IMO) than Blake. I mean, would we still be watching if it was just Serena, standing around looking like a little deer, and mumbling? No way! It's all about Blair & Chuck as far as interesting storylines and developed characters goes. Nate can't act either! He's just a pretty face. And I'd call his hair more "frat boy" than emo.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
wow caterpillar that's pretty offensive
hillarific hillarific 9 years
I love this series but I don't know how I feel about Michelle Trachenburg being introduced into the show. I was never a big fan of any of her work. I just remember watching Harriet the Spy when I was really little but that's all. Hopefully, it won't change any of my feelings on this show. I already like how they have relatively new characters playing everybody.
linday_love linday_love 9 years
thanks swettie!
Lovelydoll18 Lovelydoll18 9 years
agree with kasey009! I'm bitting my nails, waiting for it is soo hard.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
not a male hormone amongst them. not a one. yet i see a lot of gel, and "admiration" for each other.......
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
The cast looks so great together and they sound really giggly- like they all really love to be around each other. This sounds like it was a lot of fun- thanks for the rundown!!
kasey009 kasey009 9 years
i cannot wait for this to start again!!!! my biggest guilty pleasure!
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