Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester appears on the cover of Us Weekly and reveals “Her Untold Story.” The 22-year-old actress, who plays spoiled, conniving Upper East Sider Blair Waldorf, actually began life as a jail baby, born to her incarcerated mother who was just beginning a ten year sentence for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled tons of marijuana into the United States. Leighton talks to the mag about how her role on Gossip Girl sharply contrasts from her modest upbringing, being made fun of in high school, and her ex-con mama.
On playing a pampered princess:
“It’s hard for me to relate to people who were born with silver spoons in their mouths.”
On her mom Connie, who got pregnant with Leighton while out on bail:
“I swear, that woman knows everything. Every question I’ve ever asked her – life questions, personal stuff like boyfriend advice, she’s always had the right advice for me.”
The drama caused by the protruding bones of the 90210 cast continued today, after Gossip Girl star (and Blake Lively lover) Penn Badgley spoke out against the skinniness plaguing the CW’s other teen drama. “I hope they eat a double cheeseburger or something,” Penn said, adding that he’s “never been a proponent of the thin L.A. girls.” Us also reports that “Badgley revealed he thinks it’s “healthy” that his female cast mates “aren’t bone-thin.”
Oh Penn? Can we show you something? Look up there on the left, it’s a picture of your pal Taylor Momsen, the 15-year old actress who plays your little sister on Gossip Girls. If you don’t consider that bone-thin, then you’re either blind, crazy or a douchebag. Maybe all three? Also, the “eat a cheeseburger” solution is not going to cure the rampant eating disorders plaguing our country. The pressure to be thin must be eliminated all together before anyone’s touching anything covered in cheese, my friend. We know that seems like an easy solution when you’re a 21-year old dude, and we look forward to the 90210 guys responding with something as equally ignorant. It’s a battle of the skinny starlets from slutty teen shows, and so far, only the guys doing the fighting. [Us. Photos: GettyImages]
Gossip Girl contains more sex, drinking and rehab than most high schoolers normally experience, which has been a cause for concern among parents and critics alike. The CW network decided to turn some of its harshest criticism into a cheeky, dark ad campaign that at first seems like a parody, until you realize all the quotes used in it are real. Skanky scenes of Serena or Blair are tagged with lines like “Mind-blowingly inappropriate! – Parents Television Council.”
But the show’s creator Josh Schwartz isn’t a fan of the ads. Though he’s responsible for the show’s content, he tells New Yorkmagazine: “The network came up with that, and I just stand back. I don’t want anything to do with it … It’s like, ‘What am I doing?’ It’s bad. It feels bad. It’s wrong. When you drive by a poster for your show and it says, ‘Every parent’s nightmare,’ you have mixed feelings.”
To be honest, we think every parent’s nightmare would have been The O.C. – if your kid was Mischa Barton, an alcoholic sometimes-lesbian whose mom screwed your high school boyfriend, and then you were killed in a fiery car wreck – that seems more nightmarish.
Apparently we aren’t the only ones who think Gossip Girl is overrated - Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 co-stars Blake Lively and America Ferrera appeared together on Good Day LA to plug their movie, and Blake got a little gushy while talking up her hit show, the teen sex-fest Gossip Girl. While she rattles on, America picks at her hands before rolling her eyes and throwing down a serious death stare at Blake. Our new hero America – who’s the star of her own hit, Ugly Betty - belongs on a Wheaties box for her moves. Clip above.