The producers didn't want two blondes in the lead roles, so according to producer Josh Schwartz, Leighton 'did a sink-rinse dye job to audition as a brunette.' Talk about commitment. So, Desperately Seeking Susan becomes Desperately Seeking Serena, John Tucker Must Die (which, coincidentally, starred Penn Badgley) becomes Blair Waldorf Must Pie and The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton's classic novel of Gilded Age New York society, appropriately becomes The Age of Dissonance., in honor of this 10-year anniversary, did a fascinating reflection piece with the cast (except Penn Badgley, a.k.a.In fact, even Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for a role - that of Serena - how weird would that have been?Eventually, they went with the (then) lesser known actresses Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, because they 'captured the essence' of the stories.
"I had this image of her just in these gorgeous dresses with a book in her hand, sort of a little bit out of focus out in the corners.”19. “They kept the breakup hidden from the crew, which you could never do now. They kept it from everybody which is a testament to how good they are as actors.And to grow up on the show and to go through that together, you know you're going to have a very strong bond.But she is a remarkable talent and there is just sometimes you can't put things into words with connections or sparks or when you're acting with someone. I'm incredibly close with her, she's a lovely girl,” he said as the duo headed into their 100th episode.“I think she was 20 and I was 19 when we started the show and it's such a kind of development stage of young adulthood.Blair Waldorf instantly emerged as the Upper East Side's most influential style star with her ultra-girly headbands, mix of patterns and prints, and highly-stylized school girl uniform.Wealthy New York teenager or not, her sense of style inspired all ages.’ 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.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.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."I auditioned and then I tested once and then we did a screen test with everybody. Crawford and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) were actual roommates in a two-bedroom apartment in Chelsea when they filmed the show.11. “We had these girls coming up to us [at an Arctic Monkeys concert], and they were kind of freaking out about it: ‘Oh, we love the books.’ [Ed and I] kept looking at each other like, shit, man.” set when they were shooting, and it really was insane.