Although it’s been six years since “Gossip Girl” went off the air, the show is still remembered for its epic style and over the top drama. The cast largely went on to be successful in other projects and are still household names today. The show lasted for six seasons, with plenty of plot twists and character reveals to keep viewers interested.
For years, the show gave its audience a peek into what the lives of some of the richest New York teens’ lives were really like. The high schoolers onscreen were outfitted in luxurious wardrobes, hung out in sophisticated bars, and jet-setted around the world.
Here are some fun facts about “Gossip Girl.”
The real “Gossip Girl” makes a cameo.
Kristen Bell voiced the character of “Gossip Girl” throughout the show’s entire run, but she actually broke the fourth wall in the season finale episode when the mysterious blogger was revealed. In her cameo, Bell plays herself auditioning for Serena van der Woodsen while Rachel Bilson auditions for Blair Waldorf in a movie based off “Gossip Girl” within the show.
Bell winks at the camera, letting the audience in on the show being self-aware that she really was the show’s anonymous narrator.
The television show was based off a book series.
The cult-favourite CW teen drama was actually a book series before it came to the small screen. The first book, written by Cecily von Ziegesar, came out in 2002, and the series went on to have 11 books in total.
The high schoolers in the show were mostly in their early 20s when filming began.
On “Gossip Girl,” the high schoolers – at least for the first few seasons – were played by actors in their 20s, reported BuzzFeed.
Taylor Momsen, who played Jenny Humphrey and lead character Dan’s younger sister, was actually in her teens when she portrayed a teen on screen.
Constance Billard School for Girls, where the women of “Gossip Girl” went to high school, is based on a real Upper East Side School.
The exclusive and elite high school that Blair, Serena, and Jenny attended is based on a real New York City school.
Ziegesar has said openly that the school in “Gossip Girl” is based on the New York school,Nightingale-Bamford.
The author herself attended the girls-only school in New York City, possibly infusing her own experiences into the series.
In the book series, Nate and Blair are in the on-and-off relationship, not Chuck and Blair.
While Chuck and Blair were quite a phenomenon among viewers’ hearts, they actually were not a couple in the book series.
The on-and-off relationship in the book was between Blair and Nate, but the two did not get together in the end. Somehow, imagining indecisive Nate and ambitious and knows-what-she-wants Blair together later in the television series seems next to impossible.
Blake Lively was the number one casting choice for Serena van der Woodsen.
David Rapaport, who cast “Gossip Girl,” told BuzzFeed that Lively was his first choice for the blonde leading lady after seeing her in the 2006 movie “Accepted.”
“[Lively] was the front-runner,” Rapaport told BuzzFeed. “We did a screen test with her and the note we got back was that she was ‘sunny California’ and they said, ‘I don’t think we’ll buy her as an Upper East Side debutante.’ […] So we did another screen test with [Lively] and all we did was straighten her hair to make her look a little more sophisticated, so to speak. What’s ironic is, in the pilot, she ends up having the wavy hair.”
The Gossip Girl character could have been a different character.
Many viewers didn’t like that Brooklyn “lonely boy” Dan Humphrey ended up being the tormenting blogger Gossip Girl. It makes the situation even worse when you realise he ended up with a woman he had a blog devoted too.
Well, turns out it could’ve gone another way. “Gossip Girl” writers told Vanity Fair that Nate and Eric, Serena’s little brother, were also contenders to be the blogger.
There’s an alternate universe where Serena is a serial killer.
Cecily von Ziegesar wrote “Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer” as a darker play on the first novel in the series.
“Serena comes back from boarding school to kill everyone,” von Ziegesar told Vanity Fair about the book.
The drama was mostly kept for the show.
There were constant rumours running in magazines about the drama happening among the castmates of “Gossip Girl” in real life. But that wasn’t the case, Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Georgina Sparks, told Vanity Fair.
“It’s funny, 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,” Trachtenberg said. “It really wasn’t. We were all chill. It was cool.”
The cast looks back on it like high school.
In a recent interview, Leighton Meester said she wouldn’t want to return to “Gossip Girl,” but only because it feels like a part of her childhood, like high school.
“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Meester told Net-A-Porter. “It’s sort of a time capsule. A lot of the questions that come from it are: ‘Do you miss it? Did you love what you wore?’ And I understand that, but – and I say this with nothing but love – it is like saying, ‘High school was an amazing time for you. Do you wish you could go back?’ And the truth is, it was so special and such a unique, amazing experience, but no, I wouldn’t wanna go back to it. I was a kid!”
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