They wanted that, because then it fed their whole narrative. She raises daughter Angel, ten, with her ex Eddie Murphy, with whom she is now on good terms after he initially denied he was the father of her child.“This is advice to anyone: when they say, ‘We promise, but we can’t put it in writing,’ there’s a reason they can’t put it in writing. “She came in and she was really funny, and really smart and played vulnerable.But there was one problem: she was blonde," Schwartz said. The first time Chace Crawford (who played Nate Archibald) met Meester, he couldn’t see her as Blair. “I’m actually a very shy person and the idea of losing my anonymity was one that was scary to me,” she said."I auditioned and then I tested once and then we did a screen test with everybody. Crawford and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) were actual roommates in a two-bedroom apartment in Chelsea when they filmed the show.11. “We had these girls coming up to us [at an Arctic Monkeys concert], and they were kind of freaking out about it: ‘Oh, we love the books.’ [Ed and I] kept looking at each other like, shit, man.” set when they were shooting, and it really was insane.“I opened up my trailer door to see, literally, on my first day, I think 40 paparazzi," Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina Sparks) said."That’s when I was like, ‘Okay, I need my own bodyguard.’” Meester had this quip about the girls who came around: They weren't there for her or Lively; “I think they were mostly there for the guys.” 14.really did have a profound effect on retail—but designers were much more interested in it after the first season.
“She has to be somebody that you believe would be sitting in the front row at Fashion Week eventually.”2., in honor of this 10-year anniversary, did a fascinating reflection piece with the cast (except Penn Badgley, a.k.a.Dan Humphrey, who declined to be interviewed like a true Lonely Boy).Contrary to tabloid reports, there really was no on-set friction between Lively and Meester. They were friendly, but they were not friends like Serena and Blair. She knows this movie’s coming out, this band is happening. Lively and Penn Badgley (who played Dan Humphrey) were so good at keeping their relationship private that people had no clue they broke up for months.“It’s funny,” Trachtenberg said, “Because when we were filming, there was, ‘Leighton hates Blake, Blake hates Leighton, everyone hates Blake, everyone hates Leighton, everyone hates Chace,’ and blah, blah, blah. Yet the second they’d be on set together, it’s as if they were.” 18. "[She] was very removed and very quiet, and, after her scenes were done, she would wander the stage," Safran said. You talk to Blake on a very contemporary level, and she would be like, ‘I’m doing this thing tonight. “The shocking thing was, I found out on the set of the season 2 finale that Blake and Penn had broken up months before,” Safran said.“When we came back with season 2, so many designers were lining up and wanting to be a part of it—they wanted their stuff on either Blake or Leighton," costume designer Eric Daman said.Blair Waldorf instantly emerged as the Upper East Side's most influential style star with her ultra-girly headbands, mix of patterns and prints, and highly-stylized school girl uniform.And while the story makes it clear that there was no bad blood between them, Safran does concede that the two actresses weren’t best friends outside the show. They were friendly, but they were not friends like Serena and Blair.Yet the second they’d be on set together, it’s as if they were,” Safran explained."And Blake was blonde, obviously; Serena had to be blonde. “[I thought] I just don’t see her as Blair Waldorf. She’s the perfect girl for this.’” would become the phenomena it did. “I remember saying when I read this script, ‘Whoever does this will not be able to walk out of their house ever again and be the same as before they started this.’ You could tell it was a cultural phenomenon.I can’t see it.” Then Meester turned “slyly in her chair” with Blair’s iconic headband and went into character. “I think it was just the normal, typical pilot season audition for me," she recalled. That was both exciting and thrilling, but also very scary.” was the most illegally streamed show in China, then-CW president of entertainment Dawn Ostroff was told by Chinese executives.10. Even before the pilot even aired, Westwick and Crawford were being hounded by girls.