Contrary to tabloid reports, there really was no on-set friction between Lively and Meester. They were friendly, but they were not friends like Serena and Blair. She knows this movie’s coming out, this band is happening. Lively and Penn Badgley (who played Dan Humphrey) were so good at keeping their relationship private that people had no clue they broke up for months.“It’s funny,” Trachtenberg said, “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. Yet the second they’d be on set together, it’s as if they were.” 18. "[She] was very removed and very quiet, and, after her scenes were done, she would wander the stage," Safran said. You talk to Blake on a very contemporary level, and she would be like, ‘I’m doing this thing tonight. “The shocking thing was, I found out on the set of the season 2 finale that Blake and Penn had broken up months before,” Safran said.Lively was about to quit acting and enroll in college (she had deferred the year before) when she was offered the role. "Then they [ and Savage] said, ‘Okay, you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week.In fact, she tried to decline the part when it was first offered, but they tricked her into taking it. After the first year [of the show], it’ll quiet down.
She soons lets the anger go by book two and the three are all friends again."And Blake was blonde, obviously; Serena had to be blonde. “[I thought] I just don’t see her as Blair Waldorf. She’s the perfect girl for this.’” would become the phenomena it did. “I remember saying when I read this script, ‘Whoever does this will not be able to walk out of their house ever again and be the same as before they started this.’ You could tell it was a cultural phenomenon.I can’t see it.” Then Meester turned “slyly in her chair” with Blair’s iconic headband and went into character. “I think it was just the normal, typical pilot season audition for me," she recalled. That was both exciting and thrilling, but also very scary.” was the most illegally streamed show in China, then-CW president of entertainment Dawn Ostroff was told by Chinese executives.10. Even before the pilot even aired, Westwick and Crawford were being hounded by 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.”16. But the girls weren’t friends either, writer/co-producer Joshua Safran said: “Blake and Leighton were not friends.
"That’s when I was like, ‘Okay, I need my own bodyguard.’” Meester had this quip about the girls who came around: They weren't there for her or Lively; “I think they were mostly there for the guys.” 14.