Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl, blah, blah, blah! Has there ever been a TV series drowned in such disproportional, New York-centric hype . . .
Oh, who are we kidding? We’re crazy for it too. And the reason we love the back-stabby soap most is Blair Waldorf, the poor little Upper East Side rich girl played by the lovely Leighton Meester.
Onscreen, Blair is an insecure junior socialite tormented by an underappreciative mum, a glamazon best friend (Blake Lively) and more boy drama than Marc Jacobs. In person, Meester is a knockout, a chestnut-haired 22-year-old who could be Jessica Alba’s devilish kid sister, and she overflows with the brassy confidence that young, beautiful girls have when they first move to the city. “I fucking love New York,” Meester says flatly.
“You’re never alone, but you’re always on your own.” A sharp line, but it’s not exactly true for Meester, who, despite her preference for casual attire (tank top, jeans) and low romantic profile (she dates actor Sebastian Stan), is, like her co-stars, increasingly a target for the parazzi.