Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl’s Actors: How Much Have They Changed?

Today we celebrate the 16th anniversary of the most popular and beloved series

In 2007, two talented creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, brought us a TV series that became a huge sensation in the world of teen dramas. The show revolved around a group of privileged teenagers living in Manhattan’s upscale Upper East Side, where they had to navigate the challenges of wealth, power, and prestige. Today is the 16th anniversary, and we’re here to celebrate it.

XOXO, Gossip Girl

The story followed these wealthy high school students, and their every move was closely watched and documented by an anonymous blogger known as ‘Gossip Girl.’ The show’s famous opening line, ‘You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl,’ became a symbol of the show’s mix of scandal, fashion, and drama.

At the heart of the series were Serena van der Woodsen played by Blake Lively and Blair Waldorf played by Leighton Meester, two best friends with very different personalities.


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Their friendship and occasional rivalry, as well as their impeccable fashion sense, were central to the series. The cast, of course, included memorable characters like Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), each with their own secrets and complexities.

The fashion on Gossip Girl was a standout element, with Blair’s headbands and Serena’s effortlessly chic style. The characters’ fashion choices were just as important as the storyline itself, making it a style reference for a generation.


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The show ran for six seasons, concluding in 2012. In 2021, a reboot of Gossip Girl was launched, introducing a new group of privileged teens and giving the series a modern twist. However, the original Gossip Girl will always hold a special place in the hearts of fans who fondly remember the scandalous, glamorous, and captivating world of Serena, Blair, and the mysterious Gossip Girl.

Gossip Girl Cast

Of course, Gossip Girl played an essential role in launching the careers of its cast members. But if you’ve lost track of them, here’s how much they’ve changed.

Serena Van der Woodsen Blake Lively 

Blake Lively
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After bidding farewell to Gossip Girl, Blake found herself in the spotlight of Hollywood. In 2010, while working on Green Lantern, she crossed paths with Ryan Reynolds, and sparks flew instantly. Just a year later, they officially became a couple, and in 2012, they tied the knot. Since then, they’ve become one of the most adored pairs in the realm of celebrities, known for their affectionate yet humorous public displays of affection. Today, they remain happily together, raising four children as a family.


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Blair Waldorf Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester
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Before taking on the role of Blair Waldorf, Meester had already established herself with a modest career in both independent cinema and television, where she had a significant presence. In her personal life, during the filming of The Oranges in 2010, she crossed paths with actor Adam Brody, widely recognized for his portrayal of Seth Cohen in another 2000s sensation series: The O.C. Today, they remain a couple and proud parents of two children.

Daniel Humphrey – Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley
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In today’s landscape, Penn Badgley has achieved acclaim for his portrayal of Joe Goldberg in the renowned Netflix series, You. This role marks a stark departure from his character in Gossip Girl as he takes on the persona of a psychopathic murderer.

During the series, he and Blake Lively transformed their on-screen chemistry into a real-life romance, which lasted for three years and, as the actor himself has noted, played a crucial role in steering him away from a troubled path.

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley
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Even though they continued working together on the series after their romantic relationship ended, their professionalism prevailed, and they had no issues during filming. Following the conclusion of the series, Penn delved into low-profile film projects and nurtured his musical talent as the frontman of the indie rock band, Mothxr, releasing a studio album in 2016 along with a couple of singles. In 2017, he tied the knot with Domino Kirke, and they now share the joy of parenthood.

Chuck Bass – Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick
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The British actor has graced both the big and small screens, with notable roles in films like J. Edgar alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Freaks of Nature, as well as appearances in TV series such as Wicked City and Snack. He remains dedicated to his acting craft while nurturing a love for music. Presently, he’s embarked on a personal project titled ‘For You.’


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Jenny Humphrey – Taylor Momsen

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Taylor Momsen embarked on her career at a tender age, with one of her earliest and most recognized roles being Cindy Lou Who in the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas. However, it was her portrayal in Gossip Girl that catapulted her to iconic status in the world of acting. Yet, her true passion lies in music, where she takes on the role of lead vocalist for the hard rock band, The Pretty Reckless.

In fact, she recently opened up to Penn Badgley on his podcast, revealing the terms and conditions imposed by the producers when she decided to depart from the series.


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Fun Facts

Gossip Girl Characters as Fonts

A bit bizarre, but it actually resumes the personality of the series characters.


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Chuck & Blair Iconic Moments


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