The original series focused on such powerful female characters as Blake Lively‘s Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester‘s Blair Waldorf. And while the new cast members couldn’t offer too much about their own characters, they remain confident that the updated version continues that legacy.
“Gender roles will be talked about and dissected,” Emily revealed. “A lot of the women in our show are very powerful, but I think they were in the original as well. We’ll be exploring what it means to be a woman in this generation, and in general, exploring ideas that we didn’t before.”
As far as whether there’s pressure in being compared to the original, the new cast members sounded confident that viewers will appreciate the updated series for what it is.
“We realized we could take these roles and make them our own—they have their own qualities that are special and differentiate [them] from the original,” Emily said. “I think people will relate to them on different levels.”
“I think Emily really hit the nail on the head,” Jordan added. “We’re just keeping an open mind, staying true to the essence of Gossip Girl but with a completely different take on it.”
Alongside uploading glamorous cast portraits, the Instagram for the revival series also dropped one-word labels that teased the personalities of the fictional students.
The new batch of private school teens includes “Julien Calloway: Influence” (played by Alexander), “Monet de Haan: Power”(played by Smith), “Luna La: Style” (played by Moreno), “Max Wolfe: Freedom” (played by Doherty), “Audrey Hope: Grace” (played by Lind), “Kate Keller: Ambition” (played by Gevinson), “Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV: Privilege” (played by Brown), “Akeno ‘Aki’ Menzies: Innocence” (played by Mock) and “Zoya Lott: Perspective” (played by Peak).
“I think we’re excited to tell a different version of the story and different levels of restrictions,” cocreator Josh Schwartz told Us Weekly exclusively in August 2019. “It won’t be button-pushing just for the sake of just being able to do it. Maybe a couple ‘s–ts’ we’ll throw in there, just because we can. … You never want to do something just because. Luckily, we’re now airing post-Euphoria, so anything we do is tame by comparison.”
The sequel of the teen drama isn’t at the top of Brody’s must-watch list, but he revealed that he and his wife of six years, who share daughter Arlo, 5, and a son, whose name has yet to be revealed, have been binging other shows amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We just finished The Reagans, I enjoyed that,” he told WSJ. Magazine. “We watched Mank, the Fincher movie, last night. We watched The Crown, The Vow,Moonbase 8, which I thought was kind of sweet, lovely.”
The Shazam! actor added: “And then also randomly in the Tim Heidecker–verse, we just did Beef House, which I really like, which is just like a crystal-meth Full House.”
Brody admitted that he has been in a “cocoon for going on a year” now and noted that the actors are “incredibly fortunate with the amount of flexibility in work.”
On Nov. 10, the cast of HBO Max’s revival of the hit CW show were spotted filming on the iconic steps of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Throughout the new batch of photos, the actors carry the same too-cool-for-school attitude that Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and their minions and lovers shared in the early 2000s.
While details about the new show remain sparse, the new crop of images finds Whitney Peak as an outsider of sorts as she walks around the group of friends seated at the Met and eventually gets up close and personal with Jordan Alexander‘s character. Additionally, we also see a little bit of Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) in Eli Brown while blonde Emily Alyn Lind, who plays Audrey, certainly looks like she’s up to no good. Also, there’s Tavi Gevinson, who reminds us that the fashion here is going to be good.
Last week, the first batch of paparazzi photos of found Peak and Brown exiting a building were released. Peak was seen wearing a shiny long-sleeved dress that was apparently not quite warm enough for the chilly NYC air because Brown was seen offering her his coat. Another photo, presumably from when the cameras were not rolling, showed the two stars wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. And in another series of shots, actors Jordan Alexander, Zión Moreno and Savannah Lee Smith were seen filming a nightlife scene.
The first photos from the set have arrived and while they don’t spill too much, they do give us a glimpse at the fashion to come. The photos show actors Whitney Peak and Eli Brown exiting a building. Peak is wearing a shiny long-sleeved dress that is apparently not quite warm enough for the chilly NYC air, because Brown offers her his coat.
Another photo, presumably from when the cameras were not rolling, shows the two stars wearing face masks.
Peak and Brown were announced as cast members alongside Emily Alyn Lind, Johnathan Fernandez and Jason Gotay in March, but only Lind has a character name so far. She’ll play Audrey, a teen who has been in a long term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there. Deadline reported that Peak and Brown are both part of the “leading trio” with Lind.
The Gossip Girl revival (don’t call it a reboot) was originally supposed to premiere in 2020 but faced delays when the coronavirus pandemic shut down nearly all productions.
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Good morning, Upper East Siders. Are you ready to celebrate Penn Badgley‘s 34th birthday by taking a stroll down 5th Ave memory lane? That’s right, in honor of Lonely Boy’s big day, we’re revisiting the CW hit series’ by ranking all of its pairings—the good, the bad and the oh-so-very pretty.
Over the course of its six-season run, Gossip Girl worked its way through almost every pairing imaginable. Nate (Chace Crawford) dated just about every female that appeared on the show, while Serena (Blake Lively) also had her fair share of love interests. And c’mon, who can forget about Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester), with the pair going on to become one of TV’s most beloved couples.
But was that able to snag them the top spot in our ranking? Or was another pairing able to defeat “Chair” and claim victory?
Hey, Upper East Siders! Sebastian Stan took a trip down memory lane when he rewatched the Gossip Girl pilot with a large glass of red wine in hand.
The Gossip Girl alum, 38, shared his commentary in an Instagram video on Saturday, September 19, which marked 13 years since the CW series premiered.
“It was the best of times and it was the best of times. Xoxo, Gossip Girl. Premiere 09/19/2007,” he captioned the post.
Stan was particularly enamored with his costar Chace Crawford, who portrayed Nate Archibald for the show’s six seasons. “Yes, Chace,” he said. “I always wanted to have that hair.”
Crawford, 35, replied in the comments, “Hahahaha quarantine really brings out our true selves.”
Unfortunately, Stan couldn’t watch himself in the pilot episode because his character, Carter Baizen, isn’t introduced until episode four. “Well, I wasn’t in the pilot, but I wish I was,” he said. “There it is, xoxo.”
Jessica Szohr, who played Vanessa Abrams for the first four seasons, also commented on the post. “Hahahah, you have me cracking up, Seb,” she wrote.
Halseyalso commented, “This is the best thing,” while a fan asked, “How many drinks deep are you?”
“I wish there was the proper word because it isn’t a remake, isn’t a reboot,” he explained. “It truly is just years after the original. It’s hard to say how many years because the original ended in 2012. But it was 2017 for the characters, because we flash forward five years.”
The screenwriter added, “It really is the same world. It’s 2020. If these characters were to talk about Blair Waldorf, they’re going to talk about Blair Waldorf. I kind of look at it as sort of what Marvel does or the DC Universe. You’re just looking at a different angle inside the universe. I think, because of that, it allows us to not feel super tied. It’s still in the same location, it is still [about] fashion, still about privilege, about the one percent.”
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Let’s face it: Serena was one of the worst characters on Gossip Girl.
I have to admit I took a certain pleasure in seeing her put in her place. (Don’t pretend you didn’t.) Allow me to present to you the best times the other characters showed Serena no mercy.
When Blair reminded Serena of the state of her life:
…And then didn’t even let her recover before burning her again:
When Georgina made her feelings clear:
When Dan made fun of Serena’s pampered upbringing:
When Blair was not afraid to tell Serena the truth:
…More than once:
When she again called Serena out for being the same person she was in high school:
When Nate didn’t let Serena get off so easily when she broke up with him:
When Serena’s high school headmistress came up to roast her choice in college:
When Blair roasted Serena’s taste in men:
And again, when she found out Dan and Serena were back together:
When Serena filmed Dan while they were having sex without his consent so she could send it to Gossip Girl and get revenge on Blair, and then had the audacity to use it to say she and Dan were meant to be:
When the gang found out Serena was faking her identity, so they played along while also hinting the truth to her new beau:
When Serena wasn’t even within earshot and Chuck felt the need to roast her for tricking him into meeting up with his mother:
And then Serena tried to intervene and force Chuck to speak to her, and Blair put her in her place:
When Serena (rightfully) claimed she hadn’t kissed both Nate and Dan, and they (rightfully) called her out for all her past wishy-washy behavior:
And then Blair dragged her to hell for always putting the blame on others:
When once again, Serena wasn’t even there and Eric literally read her life:
When Blair called Serena OUT for showing up everywhere randomly:
And so did Dan, albeit a little more playfully:
When Serena got eviscerated by her own mother:
When Blair made her feelings clear about Serena’s new profession:
And then gave her a backhanded compliment a breath later:
When Dan straight up destroyed Serena’s entire life in a single sentence:
When Blair was straight up with her:
And also basically summed up Serena’s personality in a few words:
When Serena gave Gossip Girl pages of Blair’s diary and Blair succinctly summed up her feelings about it:
And finally, when Dan simultaneously complimented Serena and brought up her issues:
Me after reading all these:
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The CW teen drama ran for six seasons from September 2007 to December 2012. Fans became instantly obsessed with the lives of the elite youth of New York City, played by Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Meester (Blair Waldorf), Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass), Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald) and Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphrey).
After the series wrapped, the cast built thriving personal lives with fellow A-listers and starred in some of the most popular television shows and films in the entertainment industry. Despite their individual successes, talks of a revival never died down.
HBO Max ordered 10 episodes of a reboot in July 2019. The upcoming show is set to take place eight years after the events of the series finale and follow a new generation of New York City-dwelling private school students. However, diehard fans should not count on seeing the original cast in the series.
“We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved,” executive producer Josh Schwartz told reporters in July 2019. “But [we] certainly didn’t want to make it contingent upon their [participation]. They played those characters for six years, and if they felt like they were good with that, we wanted to respect that. But obviously, it would be great to see them again.”
Crawford, for one, seemed open to diving back into the world of the Upper East Side. “I would love to do the voice [of Gossip Girl],” he exclusively told Us Weekly in November 2019. “I wish they would ask me to do the voice of Gossip Girl this time around! That’s a great job. It’s a great gig. They didn’t ask me!”
While the main cast may not have plans to reprise their roles in the reboot, scroll down to see what they have been up to since the original series ended in 2012.