Do you enjoy watching beautiful people cry about their problems? Clear some space on your DVR and put the next few episodes of House of Cards on the back burner. You’ve got some serious binge-watching to do.
High school is hard for anyone, and yet television is the one place that can make us feel lucky we don’t have the weight of the world, old-money familial expectations or supernatural super powers on our shoulders. The last 25 years have seen highly addicting soap operas for the teenage set–as dangerous to one’s mental health as Jessie Spano’s caffeine pills. These shows are usually delivered in prime-time, with accompanying soundtracks to deepen your connection, and then-unknown guest stars whose eventual stardom will justify those past viewing decisions.
So folks at NASA and archaeologists and real news reporters are trying to tell everyone to simmer down about the apocalypse coming on December 21, because of science and stuff. But we’re beginning to suspect differently. Even if the Mayans themselves didn’t think the end of the 13th baktun (things we’ve learned this week!) didn’t actually meant the end of the world, we’ve noticed some signs that really, we should just give up and retreat to our bunkers right now. Let us count down our top 10:
10. Gossip Girl was Dan Humphrey all along! (And also, everyone on the island was dead!) Oof. The resolutions of series-long mysteries are never as good as we want them to be, probably much like the answers to life’s big questions. Bleh.
9. All the hip-hop greats are running corporations, starring on reality-TV shows or dating the stars of reality-TV shows. Not that they shouldn’t trade thug life for the good life, but did they have to sell their artistic souls in the process? Read more…
In the Arrow pilot, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was none too pleased to see his little sister Thea sneaking into his grown-up party and being ogled by his pal Tommy. Someone should tell him to relax — Willa Holland’s 21 after all. But the doe-eyed beauty has aged very little in character years since she first played Marissa Cooper’s little sister Kaitlin on The O.C. in 2006. Two years later, she was corrupting Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. In an interview with the New York Daily News, she laughed about the fact that she’s still playing a rebellious high-schooler after all these years.
“I think that at 21, I still look like I’m 17 years old, so I feel like I’m going to be playing teenagers for a while, and that’s a very relatable stage in a teenage life for a female — that kind of rambunctious stage,” she told the paper.
We’re looking forward to seing how Thea fits into the life of her vigilante brother and possibly shady mother on Arrow. At the same time, we’re also waiting for the theatrical release of Tiger Eyes, the adaptation of the classic Judy Blume novel, in which Will plays Davey a girl coming to terms with the violent death of her father.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the many teenage years of Willa Holland:
Gossip Girl here…just kidding! But Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, and Penn Badgley were all over New York Fashion Week showing off their threads and sharing the mania, competition, and definite fashion don’ts with VH1. “There’s lots of music pumping in rooms you can’t get in to and then you find the free bar and you drink free drinks,” Penn revealed. While Penn chased the booze and bass, Ed compared backstage to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as the rooms seem to get smaller while more and more fashionistas and fashionisters pack themselves in.
Celebs admitted the lengths they go to to pump up the volume in competition with other fashion-forward celebs. Maria Menudos shared the number of make-up and hair changes she endured to maintain her coiffed look. Let me tell you, it’s more than one change. A LOT more! As if the buzzing energy of parties, drinks, music, and new looks don’t keep Lincoln Center jumping, celebs bug out about their personal fashion don’ts that just may be in this season. Leighton claimed, “I don’t think anyone wants to see me in stretch leggings.” As if! Check out the video below to find out what other en vogue celebs had to say about New York Fashion Week.
According to TVLine.com, on tonight’s episode of Glee, “The First Time,” both Rachel and Finn, and Kurt and Blaine will have sex for the first time. Given the way the show has been hit-or-miss this season, we’re crossing our fingers the episode lives up to the buildup, kinda the way young couples cross their fingers about losing their V-cards. And as we wait for the big moment, we thought we’d bide our time by looking back at all the other great “losing it” moments in TV teen history.
Beverly Hills, 90210: Brenda loses it to Dylan in “Spring Dance” (Season 1)
“How many girls get to have sex for the first time with someone they love?” Brenda asks Dylan, before they do the deed in a hotel room while the dance is still going on. His smooth reply: “I don’t know. I’ve never really taken an opinion poll.” Read more…
Penn Badgley embodies the tall-dark-and-handsome leading man of Hollywood yesteryear. Ever since appearing on our screens four years ago as the brooding Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl, we knew big things were on the horizon for this dude. And sure enough, it’s true! He’s starring in this fall’s intense drama Margin Call along side Tinseltown bigwigs like Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore and Jeremy Irons, plus he’s been tapped to play iconic musician Jeff Buckley in an upcoming biopic. But on top of having killer acting chops, Penn is also known for his razor-sharp style. Gossip Girl has one of the classiest television wardrobes this side of Mad Men, and naturally some of that steez rubbed off on its star. And today is his 25th birthday! So in honor of his quarter century on this planet, we’d like to take a look back at Penn’s 25 hottest red-carpet styles. Enjoy!
Now, more than a year later, the judge presiding over the case has dismissed it so Chace is off the hook. Apparently, the Gossip Girl actor made a deal with prosecutors which involved him doing community service and staying drug-free for a year. The former half of the agreement has already been done as Chace’s lawyers offered proof that he had performed 80 hours of community service a hospital and church in Texas. The judge seemed satisfied with the evidence so Chace is now out of hot water.
Gossip Girl fans — Jessica Szohr is now on Twitter! The actress may not have a verified account just yet because she just joined, but she did tweet this photo (pictured above), saying, “See it’s really me!!! Xx jess.” Is she voguing in that shot? She looks like she’s voguing, right? Girlfriend sure has a bunch of admirers because she’s crossed the 13,000 follower mark in 13 hours. Who knew so many people loved her character Vanessa so much, huh?
Celeb pals have also done their bit in spreading the news. Vanessa’s friend Brittany Snow tweeted, “Welcome to twitter an ol’ friend & one of the coolest chicks I know @iamjessicaszohr xo.” She’s retweeting like it’s going out of style, so if you’re a Jess fan, now’s the time to get in touch! Especially since her character’s off the show now. *Tear*.
Let us burn a pleather garter belt in memorium: according to her interview in Elle, Taylor Momsen quit acting, unless you consider “acting like every parent’s waking nightmare” to be part of the craft. “I quit acting, actually,” the teenager-turned-front woman told the magazine. “I quit Gossip Girl and now tour and am in a band and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty much all I want to do. Hopefully IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be able to only do that for the rest of my life.” How is this girl living out everyone’s high school fantasy? 15-year-old us is burning with jealousy! To be fair, 15-year-old us also thought she was going to marry both Joshua Jackson and James Van Der Beek, so what did that little dweeb know?
Having bailed after five seasons as GG‘s Little Jenny, Momsen is currently touring Japan with her band Pretty Reckless. While there she can expose an entirely new continent to her special brand of “stripper boots” and audience make-outs, which even our 15-year-old self would find a little much.