“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."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.
Because they did not want their personal drama to relate to the show.” 21. It was like there was a ‘Gossip Girl’ in our system.” 25., 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)."[But then] we were like, ‘Oh no, that’s exactly what they want.’ They wanted us all to date. He may not have liked it, but [his character] was the closest to who he was,” Safran said.23. episodes, Blake was dating [Di Caprio] at the time, and she had this thing where she had a doll that she took photos of that she sent to Leo," Safran said. But they were underage, so they couldn’t be prosecuted. ” She trailed off, “I don’t want to say, ‘No, never…’”Lively, conversely, said: “Of course.They wanted us all to wear the same clothes that we’re wearing on the show. When Lively was dating Leonardo Di Caprio and shooting the series, she’d take photos of a doll to document where she was and send them to him. I’m open to anything that’s good, that’s interesting, and that sort of feels necessary. "A guy coming up to me who had a suit and a briefcase, this total Wall Street Guy, and he was all like, ‘Oh my god, Dorota!’ He told me—and a couple of other guys have told me this, too—that they used to watch the show because it was a great way in with the ladies.”16. But the girls weren’t friends either, writer/co-producer Joshua Safran said: “Blake and Leighton were not friends.In a recent interview with , Schwartz revealed some surprising details behind Chuck and Blair's relationship, mainly that it was totally unplanned.[Insert sound of every Chair 'shipper gasping.]It sounds like GG blasphemy, considering it always seemed like Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick's characters were created for one another. But it’s one of those great, fun things about making a televisionseries — it’s an evolving, living, breathing thing, and things caneasily change on a whim.But Schwartz explains that Chuck was originally meant to be the show's villain, but his chemistry with Leighton/Blair was so undeniable they had to pair the two up. You get an actor like Ed Westwick and see thechemistry he had with Leighton Meester, and their scenes justcrackled.Your life will go back to normal and you can start going to school.We can’t put it in writing, but we promise you can go.’ So that’s why I said, ‘Okay. I’ll do this.’” Of course, things didn’t actually quiet down. Leighton Meester first auditioned for Serena, but told producers she felt she was a better fit for Blair Waldorf. Meester wanted the part of Blair so badly that she dyed her hair for it.