You know you love them! Ten years after Gossip Girl concluded, star of the series Jessica Szohr is ready to spill all the show tea with her former partners and creators.
” I had a [4th of July] party at my house, Stephen [Savage] was over. I think you came with Adam Brody [and] we were in the process of casting Vanessa,” the show’s co-creator Josh Schwartz revealed during the Wednesday, January 26, first episode of his Podcast “XOXO” about the 36-year-old actress’ casting as Vanessa Abrams. “I opened the front door, you were there, [I was like,], ‘Vanessa!’ And find Stephanie. I don’t think you were introduced to it at the party [and] let yourself have fun. … Those were the early days of the Internet!
Schwartz and Savage – who previously worked together on CO — suitable Cecily von Ziegesarpopular book series of the same name, which premiered on The CW in 2007.
In the series, fans followed a group of wealthy high school students from New York’s Upper East Side. Located at Constance Billard School for Girls and St. Jude’s School for Boys, fans quickly fell in love with Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena Van Der Woodson (Blake Lively), Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) and Vanessa Abrams (Szohr).
The CW iteration wasn’t the first time the producers attempted to bring New York’s Upper East Siders to life. Schwartz revealed during his podcast appearance that Gilmore Girls‘ Amy Sherman-Palladino was about to write a film script of Gossip Girl with Lindsay Lohan aboard to play the role of Blair. However, this version was quickly abandoned before the Marvel Runaways co-creators were brought on board.
“In the books, and in previous adaptations I guess, the mystery of why Serena left and why she came back was kind of, like, kinda, like, she’s a party girl and she got in trouble and she is gone,” Schwartz noted of his literary predecessor. “There wasn’t a super concrete reason for his return or one that generated a lot of sympathy for his character. … The idea of her coming back for her family was one that we did early on to really entrench the public interest.
the Nancy Drew the creators further recalled the intensities of the internet to bring these beloved book characters to life, especially in terms of the physical appearance of the cast. For Meester’s naturally blonde locks, fans insisted that her character have darker hair.
“They just couldn’t see it,” Savage recalled. “During pilot season, Leighton dyed his hair brown to come in and read for the role. [She] gave exactly the same performance and [fans] were like, ‘We’re getting it now.’
the Single parents alum wasn’t the only CW star to make extensive hair changes to better suit the role. Badgley, for her part, shaved off her curly locks hours before filming the pilot.
“He showed up on set with his big hair,” Savage recalled of Badgley’s first day on set. “And that morning, on camera, the first scene we shot was him and Rufus putting up flyers for the Lincoln Hawk concert. And we just brought him into the trailer and they just buzzed all his hair. It was like a brad pitt headcut of the day.
Years after the show ended, the co-creators returned to the GG universe with its 2021 HBO Max revival featuring a diverse Gen Z culture from Constance/St. Jude’s students.
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