Hey there Upper Eastsiders, guess what’s making a comeback? Hold on to your headbands because Gossip Girl is officially coming back.
This isn’t some Georgina Sparks’ orchestrated plan or Blair Waldorf’s royally-fit revenge scheme.
HBO Max, which is WarnerMedia’s brand new streaming service has ordered for a reboot of the show.
Gossip Girl which previously aired on CW ended back in 2012. It had six seasons and starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, and Christen Bell (voice of gossip girl).
Now, HBO Max has ordered for 10-episodes and is set to take place eight years after the original website went down.
There is still no information about the casts but it’ll revolve around the lives of a new batch of New York’s most elite private school teens.
Gossip Girl was one of the most important TV dramas, especially in terms of fashion.
The rumors started pretty early of a possible reboot and all we could do was sit on the steps of the Met and wait for it to come true.
And now that it’s officially coming back, so are all the good memories associated with it.
Though the show was filled with a lot of dramas, almost everyone had a happy ending at last.
But there are so many behind the scene dramas you have no idea of.
Did you know Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) weren’t friends in real life? The truth was they barely talked.
Here are 6 things you didn’t know about the original Gossip Girl.
Leighton Meester Dyed her Hair for the Role.
During the audition, Meester actually felt underwhelmed by how smooth and easy it went. And when she came in for the audition, she came in as her natural self.
That move nearly cost her the role of the iconic Blair Waldorf.
Blair and Serena were best friends, and according to the casting directors, the two leading ladies had to look different from one another.
Leighton wanted the role so much that she “went to the sink and dyed her hair.”
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley denied the roles when they were approached.
Penn Badgley who played Dan Humphrey hated Gossip Girl and his character entirely.
So, when they approached Badgley for the role, he quiet simply turned it down.
But he was approached again as the producers couldn’t find a better fit. And he eventually took the part.
According to Joshua Safran, the executive producer of the show, however, no matter how much Penn hated his character, he was Dan in real life as well.
Blake Lively, who plays Serena (Dan’s lover) also initially turned down the offer of playing one of the most iconic TV characters.
She was planning to go to college and say goodbye to Hollywood for good.
But a lot of people on the internet suggested the producers cast Lively as van der Woodsen after her performance in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
And the producers were quite sure that she was the golden girl.
So, they agreed on her college dreams and allowed her to attend Columbia University one day a week.
Penn Badgley and Blake Lively dated in real life.
The two on-screen couple were apparently also hitting it off off-screen.
Badgley and Lively dated for around three years from 2007 to 2010.
But the crazier thing is that when they split up in 2010, they kept their breakup secret from everyone.
According to the producers, they kept it hidden so their personal drama wouldn’t affect the show.
Blake eventually started dating Leonardo DiCaprio which impacted the filming of the show.
They had to move the shooting to L.A. for just that.
Nate and Chuck were real-life best friends.
Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald) lived together in New York.
They shared an apartment in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood when the show started filming.
But Blake and Leighton were the complete opposite of one another.
According to the producers, “Blake and Leighton were not friends. They were friendly, but they were not friends like Serena and Blair.”
While Blake was very much “in the moment,” Leighton was very quiet and removed.
January 26 is officially “Gossip Girl Day” in Nee York.
As the show celebrated its 100th episode, Michael Bloomberg in 2012 declared January 26 “Gossip Girl Day” in New York City.
The event took place at the New York City studio, the place where Gossip Girl was filmed.
Penn Badgley didn’t know he was Gossip Girl.
In Dan’s defense, it makes no sense that he was the real Gossip Girl.
Not just Badgley, no one knew who Gossip Girl was until the final scripts were handed down. I always thought it was Dorota.
The showrunners never wanted Badgley’s performance as Dan to alter knowing he was the real Gossip Girl.
To tell you the truth, Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) still doesn’t know who Gossip Girl is.
In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, he said, “I still am not sure who GG was lol.”