Gossip Girl Cast Teases How Reboot Is “Completely Different”

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.”

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Meet the New Characters Ruling the Gossip Girl Revival

Get excited, Upper East Siders. It’s time to meet the new class ruling the New York City private school scene.

HBO Max’s Gossip Girl revival kicked off the new year by revealing the character names for the show’s stars Whitney Peak, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Genvinson, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Smith, Zión Moreno, Eli Brown, Emily Alyn Lind and Evan Mock.

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).

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Adam Brody Reveals If He, Leighton Will Watch ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot

You know you love me! Adam Brody shared his thoughts on the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot and revealed if he and wife Leighton Meester will be tuning in to watch it.

“I highly doubt we’ll watch it front to back,” Brody, 41, told WSJ. Magazine on Monday, December 21. “I don’t think we’re the audience.”

The O.C. alum, whose 34-year-old wife played Blair Waldorf in the original CW series, noted that the couple have not completely ruled out watching it.

“I’m sure we’ll dip our toes in,” he added.

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HBO Max announced in July 2019 that the show — which originally starred Meester, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford — would be getting a sequel set eight years after the events of the original series wrapped up.

“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.”

Last month, the cast of the new series was photographed spending time outside the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, reminiscent of the original show, which aired from 2007 to 2012.

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.

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Evan Mock, Eli Brown, Zión Moreno, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Doherty, Jordan Alexander and Savannah Lee Smith on set filming ‘Gossip Girl’. Kristin Callahan/Shutterstock

“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.”

The StartUp alum, who announced in September that he and Meester welcomed their second child amid the pandemic, has embraced quarantine life.

“It’s been a pretty — despite the state of the world — it has been a pretty blissful experience,” Brody told Entertainment Tonight last month. “I know a lot of parents who feel that way.”

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See The New Gossip Girl Cast Filming on the Steps of the Met

The new Gossip Girl is officially underway. 

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. 

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Here’s Photos From The Gossip Girl Reboot Shoots

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While we wait, though, take comfort in this little morsel: the show is filming again — and on the steps of the Met, no less.

And, yes, they’re recreating the iconic hangs that the original Gossip Girl characters had on the steps of the Met.

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Even though we have to wait a little longer for Gossip Girl to return to our screens, it’s comforting to know that they’re well on their way to bringing it back again.

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The First Photos From the Gossip Girl Set Are Here

The new Gossip Girl is officially underway. 

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 LindJohnathan 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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And Gossip Girl’s No. One Couple Is…

Spotted: Gossip Girl fans preparing to have some serious thoughts and feelings about what they’re about to read.

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? 

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Sebastian Stan Shares Reaction Watching ‘Gossip Girl’ Pilot

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.

Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, and Leighton Meester. Andrew Eccles/Cw Network/Kobal/Shutterstock

Halsey also commented, “This is the best thing,” while a fan asked, “How many drinks deep are you?”

Gossip Girl — which aired from 2007 to 2012 — followed a group of elite high school students in New York City. The cast included Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass), Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphrey) and Crawford.

HBO Max announced in July 2019 that a new Gossip Girl series is in the works. The upcoming show will be set years after the events of the series finale and will follow a new generation of privileged New York City high schoolers. Executive producer Joshua Safran shared on a December episode of the “Watch With Us” podcast that the new show will be an incarnation all its own.

“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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Gossip Girl’s Best Insults About Serena

Let’s face it: Serena was one of the worst characters on Gossip Girl.

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She seemed to have everything handed to her, she rarely took responsibility for her actions, she pretended to be the “nice” one despite scheming almost as much as Blair, and she acted like she owned everyone she’d ever dated.

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:

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“Life is kind of like summer for you” — if that isn’t the most accurate statement about Serena’s life…


…And then didn’t even let her recover before burning her again:

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Blair told it like it was.


When Georgina made her feelings clear:

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As it turned out, Georgina was NOT lying. Take that, Serena!


When Dan made fun of Serena’s pampered upbringing:

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Although, let’s not forget Dan also had a super privileged life and lived in a nice loft in Brooklyn. But that’s a post for another time.


When Blair was not afraid to tell Serena the truth:


…More than once:

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She also managed to roast every teen drama character ever.


When she again called Serena out for being the same person she was in high school:

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Season 5 Blair pulled no punches.


When Nate didn’t let Serena get off so easily when she broke up with him:

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I almost cheered when he said this.


When Serena’s high school headmistress came up to roast her choice in college:

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Then she just walked away!!! Mic dropped.


When Blair roasted Serena’s taste in men:

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Yes, I know Blair later dated Dan, but we’re going to pretend that didn’t happen.


And again, when she found out Dan and Serena were back together:

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We love a supportive friend who still keeps it real!!


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:

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This is one of the few times I was in 100% agreement with Dan.


When the gang found out Serena was faking her identity, so they played along while also hinting the truth to her new beau:

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I wish we had more examples of Georgina insulting Serena. Her insults were the best.


When Serena wasn’t even within earshot and Chuck felt the need to roast her for tricking him into meeting up with his mother:

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Serena needed to stop meddling!!


And then Serena tried to intervene and force Chuck to speak to her, and Blair put her in her place:

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An iconic line that should’ve been uttered more than once.


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:

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Juliet may have made her look guilty that night, but Serena was totally responsible for everything she did before.


And then Blair dragged her to hell for always putting the blame on others:

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Once again, Juliet was partially responsible, but there was a reason all Serena’s friends thought she was capable of being such a jerk! Because it was totally in character!


When once again, Serena wasn’t even there and Eric literally read her life:

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Juliet’s scheme only worked because she made Serena look like she was doing exactly what she always did.


When Blair called Serena OUT for showing up everywhere randomly:

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You can’t just show up to someone’s house, Serena!


And so did Dan, albeit a little more playfully:

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She never called ahead!!!


When Serena got eviscerated by her own mother:

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It was true!!! Serena could’ve stood to be alone for a while.


When Blair made her feelings clear about Serena’s new profession:

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Side note: I’m obsessed with Blair’s dress here.


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:

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I still don’t know how Serena got into Brown.


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:

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Not really a roast, but still…he didn’t really need to bring up Serena’s still-fresh daddy issues in playful conversation.

Me after reading all these:

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