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In honor of the major anniversary, caught up with the cast and crew—including creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz as well as writer Joshua Safran—who revealed some surprising facts not even the show's biggest fans may have known about., the creators already had an idea Lively was the girl for the role."We didn't see a lot of other girls for Serena," Schwartz said.
19, 2007, following the popularity of the book series written Cecily von Ziegesar, quickly catapulting Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley to fame.
I'm very proud we got to break through to the men and be like, 'No, it's OK to dress up.
You're not gonna look like some big pansy because you're in a fucking suit, dude. And Penn Badgley Was Very Much Dan: Despite often his obvious dislike for the show, Badgley (who played Dan Humphrey) was very much like his character both on- and off-camera. Badgley and Lively Kept Their Split a Secret for Two Months: The on-screen couple dated in real life for three years while filming the show. She was documenting her life in photographs in a way that people were not yet doing."12.
"She has to be somebody that you believe would be sitting in the front row at Fashion Week eventually."3. "Then they said, 'OK, you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week.
But Lively Wasn't So Sure: She wanted to get her degree. After the first year [of the show], it'll quiet down.
with the words, "Hello, Upper East Siders," but at this point, it's been done so many times that it's not all that creative.Leighton Meester Was Underwhelmed By the Audition Process: "I think it was just the normal, typical pilot season audition for me," she recalled. I got it."But her recollection doesn't entirely match her actions at the time."I auditioned, and then I tested once, and then we did a screen test with everybody. "She came in and she was really funny, and really smart and played vulnerable," Schwartz clarified. And Blake was blonde, obviously; Serena had to be blonde. "Leighton [on the other hand] was very removed and very quiet, and, after her scenes were done, she would wander the stage."I guess I hear that in fits and starts here and there, but it's hard to say.
If everyone was into it and if the timing was right, you know?
They explored other "takes" on the material, but landed on one from fellow executive producer Joshua Safran.