Believe it or not, the hit TV show Gossip Girl aired on September 19, 2007. In honor of their 10-year anniversary, we rounded up the juiciest secrets from the show:
1. Before she was offered the role, Blake Lively was about to quit acting to enroll in college
The actress actually declined the part when it was first offered, but producers tricked her into taking it. “[They told me] ‘Okay, you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week. After the first year [of the show], it’ll quiet down. 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,'” says Lively. However, she did make the right decision in the end, as the show launched her career.
2. Leighton Meester initially wanted the role of Serena
Can you imagine anyone else playing the iconic Blair Waldorf? Initially, Meester really wanted the role of Serena Van Der Woodsen that she even dyed her hair blonde for the auditions. Quickly after, she told producers she was a better fit for Blair Waldorf, and we’re glad she did just that.
3. Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick were actually roommates when they filmed the show
They played best friends Nate Archibald and Chuck Bass in the show, but did you know the two were real-life buddies as well? Throughout the duration of filming the show, the two stayed in a two-bedroom apartment in Chelsea.
4. Designers were much more interested in the show after the first season
Gossip Girl did have a profound effect on designers, but after season 2, things were a lot more intense. “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 shares.
5. Meester and Lively weren’t exactly the best of friends
During filming, there was a relaxed atmosphere and everyone got along. But according to writer/co-producer Joshua Safran, “Blake and Leighton were not friends. 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.”
6. Men told Zuzanna Szadkowski (who played Blair’s sassy maid Dorota) that they watched the show to get girls
“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,” she says.
7. Lively was initially afraid of her bosses finding out about her relationship with Penn Badgley
At one point, Lively was afraid of her bosses thinking that her personal life would overlap her work life. However, she found out that they actually wanted cast members to date: “[But then] we were like, ‘Oh no, that’s exactly what they want.’ They wanted us all to date. They wanted us all to wear the same clothes that we’re wearing on the show. They wanted that, because then it fed their whole narrative. People could buy into this world.”
8. Lively and Badgley were good at keeping their relationship private that people had no clues they had been broken up for months
“They kept the breakup hidden from the crew, which you could never do now. I don’t even know how they did it. They kept it from everybody which is a testament to how good they are as actors. Because they did not want their personal drama to relate to the show,” shares executive producer Joshua Safran with Vanity Fair.
9. There was a potentially Russian hack on the show
“All season, our scripts were ending up online, and we couldn’t figure out how,” a producer told Vanity Fair. “We hired a private investigator. We didn’t understand what was happening, because everything was getting leaked… A teenager, I think either [from] Russia or Bulgaria, had hacked one of the writer’s e-mails, and was selling scripts on eBay. But they were underage, so they couldn’t be prosecuted.” Thankfully, they found a way to keep the scripts private.
10. Westwick still doesn’t know who Gossip Girl is
“I still am not sure who GG was lol,” he wrote Vanity Fair in an email.