9 Times Gossip Woman Was Even Extra Dramatic Behind The Scenes
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As of at present, it is precisely ten years because the pilot episode of Gossip Woman debuted, introducing us each to the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, and to the typically equally-scandalous cast of actors who performed our favourite Higher East Siders. Whereas many of the gang had been most likely consummate professionals more often than not, thrusting a complete lot of very younger actors very out of the blue into the limelight is a surefire recipe for a minimum of a bit little bit of scandal, as GG showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage knew properly from their time on The O.C.
Right here, we’re revisiting 9 of probably the most dramatic behind-the-scenes moments from the set of Gossip Woman.
1) WHEN THE ENTIRE CAST WAS LOW-KEY HOOKING UP.
Blake Energetic and Penn Badgley weren’t the one couple whose on-screen romance grew to become a real-life relationship—in reality, aside from Chace Crawford and Taylor Momsen, everyone in the primary cast apparently attached with a minimum of one co-star. Leighton Meester and Sebastian Stan (who will all the time be Carter Baizen in our hearts, even now that he’s Marvel-famous) had been a factor for some time, as had been Ed Westwck and Jessica Szohr—which, we all know, Chuck and Vanessa barely depend as an on-screen romance, however they did hook up that one time. And the adults on set weren’t immune: Matthew Settle and Kelly Rutherford had been additionally rumored to be concerned for some time.
“I bear in mind there was one level the place we had been simply afraid of how our private lives overlapping our work life might be perceived by our bosses,” Energetic instructed Vainness Truthful not too long ago, “[but then] we had been like ‘oh no, that’s precisely what they need.’ They needed us all so far. They needed us all to put on the identical garments that we’re carrying on the present. They needed that, as a result of then it fed their entire narrative. Folks might purchase into this world.”
2) WHEN TAYLOR MOMSEN TURNED TO THE DARK SIDE.
In case you’ve re-watched Season 1 of GG not too long ago, you could have had the deeply surreal expertise of reacquainting your self with the fresh-faced, candy Little J of outdated. Whereas Jenny’s innocence was all the time going to finish up being compromised by her social-climbing tendencies, Momsen’s off-screen punk rock transformation and work along with her band, the Fairly Reckless, took issues a bit additional than the writers had deliberate. By Season 2, Jenny’s raccoon-eyed unhealthy perspective had grow to be her defining character trait, and Momsen’s private life—together with allegations of unprofessional conduct (extra on that under)—spilled over into storylines in ways in which typically labored, and typically… didn’t.
“I definitely didn’t see that coming… I do not assume anyone did,” GG casting director David Rapport instructed Buzzfeed of Jenny’s character arc. “Taylor truly learn on tape and we cast her off tape, so we by no means had her right here in particular person. We had been on the lookout for a woman who was getting ready to changing into a girl—I do not assume we noticed that goth facet but [because] she was nonetheless actually younger; she was perhaps, like, 13 after we cast her. Once more, I do not assume anybody had met her in particular person and all the pieces was wonderful so far as I knew, after which it type of took a flip.” Positive. Did.
3) WHEN PENN BADGLEY KIND OF DESPISED THE SHOW.
Just like the real-life Lonely Boy he was, Badgley hasn’t actually made a secret of his emotions about GG because the present ended. “I take a look at Gossip Woman as an endurance take a look at of every kind,” he instructed The Guardian in 2013. On the identical press tour, for Jeff Buckley film Greetings from Tim Buckley, he instructed Salon, “To be happy with one thing is a very nice feeling… And it’s a brand new feeling, and it’s one thing that I wanna hold going with. I can stroll a bit taller feeling that I don’t should be consistently apologizing for the work that I’ve completed previously.” Ouch.
“Penn didn’t like being on Gossip Woman, however…he was Dan,” onetime showrunner Josh Safran has mentioned, precisely. “He might not have appreciated it, however [his character] was the closest to who he was.”
4) WHEN GOSSIP GIRL’S AUTHOR SAID THE SHOW RUINED A CHARACTER.
Cecily von Ziegesar, who authored the Gossip Woman books, was typically on board with the present’s adaptation. However you already know which character she was not into? Actually, you’ll be able to guess.
“I believe Vanessa is one character they ruined,” von Ziegesar instructed MTV in 2008. “Within the ebook, she’s kick-ass and has a shaved head and wears plenty of black… Although I do not like Vanessa’s character, it is nothing towards Jessica. I simply want Vanessa was like she is within the books a bit extra.”
5) WHEN BLAKE LIVELY AND LEIGHTON MEESTER WERE MAYBE FEUDING.
Serena and Blair’s intense frenemy relationship had its ups and downs, however virtually from day one in all GG, their off-screen dynamic was reportedly manner frostier. Even New York Journal reported rumors that the pair “keep away from one another just like the plague” on set. Whereas the alleged particulars assorted over time, from “Leighton thinks Blake is an egomaniac” to Energetic’s gripe with Meester’s wardrobe funds, the fundamental rumor by no means actually died down in the course of the present’s six-year run.
Essentially the most strong proof of this entire beef got here, satirically, from a PR assertion. “Blake and Leighton have by no means been greatest mates, and by no means professed to be,” Energetic’s publicist was quoted as saying by Wetpaint. “Blake goes to work, does her job, and goes dwelling.”
6) WHEN TAYLOR MOMSEN GOT CALLED OUT BY TIM GUNN, BECAUSE WHY NOT?
Keep in mind when Undertaking Runway mentor Tim Gunn guest-starred as himself, interviewing Jenny for a job in Season 4? Because it seems, their off-screen interplay went even worse than the interview on the present. In a scathing interview with E! On-line, Gunn known as Momsen extremely tough to work with. “What a diva!” he mentioned. “She was pathetic, she could not bear in mind her traces, and she or he did not even have that many. I believed to myself, ‘Why are all of us being held hostage by this brat?’
Shortly after this mess, Momsen was placed on “indefinite hiatus” from the present, and other than another transient look, wasn’t seen once more till the sequence finale.
7) WHEN THERE WAS A STRAIGHT-UP RUSSIAN HACK.
This 2016 election realness came about manner again within the fourth season of GG, however got here to mild in a latest Vainness Truthful article. “All season, our scripts had been ending up on-line, and we couldn’t work out how,” a producer on the sequence instructed VF. “We employed a personal investigator. We didn’t perceive what was occurring, as a result of all the pieces was getting leaked, each element… An adolescent, I believe both [from] Russia or Bulgaria, had hacked one of many author’s e-mails, and was promoting scripts on eBay. However they had been underage, in order that they couldn’t be prosecuted. It was a fucking manufacturing nightmare. We must ‘X’ out each script. We must print on crimson paper. ….It was like there was a ‘Gossip Woman’ in our system.”
8) WHEN BLAKE LIVELY CALLED THE SHOW “PERSONALLY COMPROMISING.”
Badgley isn’t the one cast member to posthumously slam GG. ”Folks liked it, nevertheless it all the time felt a bit personally compromising—you wish to be placing a greater message on the market,” Energetic instructed Attract in 2015. “It is a bizarre factor when individuals really feel like they know you very well, they usually don’t… I’d not be proud to be the one who gave somebody the cocaine that made them overdose after which shot somebody and slept with another person’s boyfriend.” Which, okay. Truthful.
9) WHEN LEIGHTON’S MUSIC GOT PRIORITY OVER TAYLOR’S.
The actually iconic rivalry of GG was not Blake and Leighton, however Leighton and Taylor—and the truth that it was most likely type of one-sided solely makes it extra wonderful. Again in Season 3, rumors started to fly of a music feud between the 2, who had been each releasing music on the facet; Taylor along with her band The Fairly Reckless, and Leighton solo, though her greatest hit was with Cobra Starship.
Taylor was reportedly pissed as a result of the present had featured two of Leighton’s songs, and none of her music. In response, a CW rep issued fairly actually the shadiest publicity assertion in recorded historical past: “The present will assist Taylor and her music when the time is true, however her music will not be prepared but.” OOF.