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Six seasons. Millions of plot twists and turns. Sex, scandals, drama. Make-ups, break-ups, and plenty of backstabbing. And one hell of a shocking reveal.
That pretty much sums up the run of Gossip Girl. The teen drama (based on Cecily von Ziegesar's books of the same name) had a successful run on The CW from 2007 to 2012. Let's check in on Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and the rest of the Gossip Girl cast and see what they're doing now!
What would Gossip Girl be without Serena van der Woodsen? Blake Lively was the perfect "It Girl" and she ruled the show from the very moment she stepped on the screen in the pilot episode.
Since GG's end, Lively has been pretty busy- both on the screen, and behind. She's starred in a handful of movies, including The Green Lantern (2011), Savages (2012), romantic drama, The Age of Adaline (2015) and A Simple Favour (2018).
Thanks to her role in The Green Lantern, Lively met her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds. The two married in 2012, and have two children together.
Earlier in 2015, Lively spoke out to Allure magazine about her role in Gossip Girl, saying that she felt it was "personally compromising" and wasn't proud of the actions of Serena. That's fair enough, but we'll always remember Blake as the Upper East Side's favourite blonde.
And who can forget the original Queen B? Leighton Meester was the perfect socialite/bad girl, as Blair Waldorf, and we all loved to hate her.
Meester's kept busy since the show's end in both her career and personal life; acting in various movie roles, performing on Broadway, releasing an album, and even getting married and having a child.
In 2014, Meester starred in the indie comedy, Life Partners, where her character is described as a "lesbian slacker"- a complete departure from the uptight Blair Waldorf. That same year, she starred in another indie drama titled, Like Sunday, Like Rain, and acted in a stage production of Of Mice and Men on Broadway, playing the role of Curley's wife. Meester released her first studio album, "Heartstrings" in 2014, and went on tour of support in the album in 2015.
2014 wasn't just a big year for Meester's career; she also married fellow teen actor, Adam Brody, and in 2015 they had a daughter together, Arlo Day.
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Who would've guessed that Dan Humphrey (big spoiler coming...) was Gossip Girl all along? It actually doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but that's another article. Anyway, Penn Badgley played Dan Humphrey perfectly; can you really picture anyone else doing justice to the role of Lonely Boy?
Since his role in GG, Badgley has kept relatively quiet. He starred in a 2012 biopic about the life of musician Jeff Buckley, Greetings from Tim Buckley. The film received positive reviews, particularly for Badgley's performance. In 2014, he acted in a film rendition of the Shakespearean play, Cymbeline.
Badgley gained attention from starring as a charming killer in Netflix's drama, You. The second season is slated to premiere in 2019, with Badgley starring again. His band, MOTHXR, also released their debut album in 2016.
Badlgey married singer Domino Kirke in 2017.
Did You Know?
Penn actually didn't know he was Gossip Girl until he shot the scene.
Love him or hate him: it's undeniable either way that Chuck Bass was one of Gossip Girl's biggest characters. Ed Westwick played the character with just the right amount of charm, sexiness and deviousness, making his take on the role simply unforgettable.
After Gossip Girl, Westwick went on to star as Tybalt in a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet (2013). In 2014, he starred in a Chinese supernatural film titled Last Flight. The movie was a fairly big hit in China, where it stayed in the box office's top ten for three weeks. He starred in the only season of ABC's crime drama, Wicked City in 2015, and can currently be seen on the BBC comedy series, White Gold, as main character, Vincent Swan.
Nate Archibald was definitely Gossip Girl's biggest piece of eye candy, but Chace Crawford's charisma made him more than just a pretty face.
Crawford has stayed relatively busy post-Gossip Girl. In 2012, he starred in the romantic comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting. He has two films coming up later in 2015- the first of which is a sports comedy called Undrafted, and the second is a thriller titled Eloise.
In 2014, Crawford had a guest appearance on the 100th episode of "Glee" and in 2015, starred in ABC's drama series, Blood & Oil.
Jessica Szohr was great as Dan's best friend, Vanessa, but she left the show as a main cast member after the fourth season. Since then, Szohr has had roles in several films, including The Internship (2013), and Ted 2 (2015). She had a guest role on the TV show, Shameless from 2017-2018, and currently stars in the sci-fi comedy show, The Orville.
Little Jenny Humphrey...how we saw her character rise and fall on the show! Taylor Momsen left the cast after the fourth season, as well, and since then has been busy with her rock band, The Pretty Reckless. The band has three albums (including 2014's "Going To Hell"), and Momsen and her band tour regularly in support of their music.
Connor Paolo played Serena's little brother, Eric, for four seasons, until leaving to focus on his acting career. Paolo was one of the main cast members of the first two seasons of ABC's drama, Revenge from 2011-2013.
Who can forget Georgina Sparks? She was the other character we all loved to hate, and Michelle Trachtenberg's portrayal was spot-on. Since her guest appearances on the show, Trachtenberg has had roles on other TV shows, including Weeds, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Sleepy Hollow. She's had a few film roles as well; 2011's Take Me Home Tonight, and 2014's The Scribbler.
Matthew Settle and Kelly Rutherford played Dan and Serena's parents, respectively. Since the show's end, Settle has acted in two movies- a horror film Ouija (2014) and an upcoming drama, Marshall's Miracle. Meanwhile, Rutherford has had a few television guest appearances on Bones, Reckless and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
And if you thought you saw Dorota in an epsiode of "Girls"- you'd be right; Zuzanna Szadkowski guest starred on a few episodes of Lena Dunham's drama during its third season.
A Gossip Girl Reunion?
There's plenty of loyal Gossip Girl fans still hoping for a reunion of some sort- be it a special episode or a movie. But, a reunion this soon after the show's end is probably not likely. Especially considering that most of the cast have moved on since and probably wouldn't return for a reunion anyway.
At least the show tied up most of the loose ends during the series finale (see below), so we aren't left hanging just wondering what happened with our favourite Upper East Siders.
Gossip Girl Reboot
In 2021, HBO Max launched their Gossip Girl reboot. The new series focuses on a new group of characters from the UES and is therefore considered an extension of the universe and a standalone sequel to the original. The eponymous character of Gossip Girl has returned however (still voiced by Kristen Bell, even). Though the new reboot is not directly tied to our original characters and cast, it's still exciting to return to the world of Gossip Girl!
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Valeria on March 14, 2017:
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