Van der Woodsen, by contrast, is the blonde, effortlessly cool free spirit.Blair, the Veronica, inspires fear; Serena, the Betty, inspires envy. K., you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week.
The blonde Tarzana, California, native—who, one imagines, leaves a trail of sunflower emojis and the scent of cupcake icing in her wake wherever she goes—had had enough.
Eighteen years old at the time, she had just appeared in a small independent film and come to a crushing conclusion: “I realized that [acting] was a business as much as a craft,” she told me more than a decade after the fact, while on the West Coast, where her husband, Ryan Reynolds, was about to start shooting a prime-time soap opera about beautiful, articulate, sun-kissed teenagers living in Orange County, was wrapping up its four-year run.
Some latest splash news says that Chace Crawford broke up with his former girlfriend Canadian model Rachelle Goulding.
They as a couple looked divine, though Chace in one of his interviews said that they had to end it, because he is now moving from NY to LA.
There were two core figures at the center of the books—Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen—and casting them was at the top of Schwartz and Savage’s agenda.
Waldorf is a brunette queen bee—controlling, poised, meticulous.As Ostroff put it, “It holds such a place in pop culture and in society where people just really say, ‘I remember everything around that show.I remember where I was [when watching it] and what I was doing in my life.’”Viewers wanted to dress like the characters; they wanted their haircuts and jewelry and ringtones; they wanted to talk like them and listen to the music they listened to.They had been sent Cecily von Ziegesar’s popular ] and its kind of crazy four-year run that we wanted to take and apply to something moving forward, and we were really excited about doing something in New York,” Schwartz said over lunch in Los Angeles this past winter.Meanwhile, a new television network, the CW, was simultaneously in the midst of a delicate birthing process.When they started to cast the show, Savage and Schwartz looked at online message boards, where fans of the book series had already decided that Lively—known at this point primarily for her role in 2005’s Lively was not completely sold, though. After the first year [of the show], it’ll quiet down.Your life will go back to normal and you can start going to school. I’ll do this.’”When I asked Lively if that arrangement ended up working out (even though I already knew the answer), she responded, laughing: “This is advice to anyone: when they say, ‘We promise, but we can’t put it in writing,’ there’s a reason they can’t put it in writing.” She added, “But no, the show didn’t slow down.And it was even more difficult for us, because we were going after a younger, more finicky audience.”It was a perfect storm: a buzzy property, a hot creative team, and a new network.The official green light was a mere formality: Schwartz and Savage were off to the races.When asked “does Chace Crawford have a girlfriend” he replied that he is single right now and quite busy with filming, but still open to any new options.A decade ago this fall, just as social media was fracturing pop culture into a million pieces, a pair of sophomore show-runners, a start-up network, and a cast of barely of-age millennials aligned to capture one last old-fashioned teenage zeitgeist.