History Trivia / GossipGirl

2nd Aug '16 1:25:25 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActingInTheDark: Penn Badgley didn't know that [[spoiler: Dan was actually Gossip Girl]] until right before the scene was to be shot.



* ApprovalOfGod: Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the original books, liked all the representations of her characters. The exception is Vanessa - who is a bald Goth in the books and gets AdaptationalAttractiveness in the TV show.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the original books, liked all the representations of her characters. The exception is Vanessa - who is a bald Goth in the books and gets AdaptationalAttractiveness to be played by the very pretty Jessica Szohr in the TV show.



** Penn Badgley didn't take too kindly to TheReveal that [[spoiler: Dan was actually Gossip Girl all along]], finding it as much of an AssPull as fans did.



** Defied to an extent by Kristen Bell. She was interested in the project after ''Series/VeronicaMars'' wrapped, but realised she was too old at twenty six to convincingly play one of the teens. So as a compromise, she provided the voice of the eponymous Gossip Girl.



* RealLifeRelative: Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) and Ed Westwick (Chuck) were dating as well (though, in a bit of a twist, Westwick discovered that Szohr was seeing other men), even their fictional counterparts don't get along very well.
** Leighton Meester (Blair) and Sebastian Stan (Carter) (broken up).
** Blake Lively (Serena) and Penn Badgley (Dan) (broken up).
* TheRedStapler: Chuck's trademark scarf sold out within days of the pilot episode airing.

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* RealLifeRelative: Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) and Ed Westwick (Chuck) were dating as well (though, in a bit of a twist, Westwick discovered that Szohr was seeing other men), even their fictional counterparts don't get along very well.
TheRedStapler:
** Leighton Meester (Blair) and Sebastian Stan (Carter) (broken up).
** Blake Lively (Serena) and Penn Badgley (Dan) (broken up).
* TheRedStapler:
Chuck's trademark scarf sold out within days of the pilot episode airing.airing.
** A more general example is that there was a ''Gossip Girl'' inspired clothing line produced, of cheaper versions of the designer labels the characters wore.
22nd Jun '16 4:00:56 AM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion: Blair referring to Georgina, played by [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Michelle Trachtenberg]], as a vampire.

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* ActorAllusion: ActorAllusion:
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Blair referring to Georgina, played by [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Michelle Trachtenberg]], as a vampire.



** Blair compares Chuck to House. Leighton Meester guest-starred on ''Series/{{House}}'', playing a teenager with a huge crush on the title character. Coincidentally, Chuck and House are both dark, twisted JerkWithAHeartOfGold type characters, and Ed Westwick and Hugh Laurie are both Englishmen while their characters are American.
*** What makes it funnier is the scene where Chuck is talking to Blair about her British boyfriend and says: "''You can't tell me Bertie Wooster is satisfying your needs''."

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** Blair compares Chuck to House. Leighton Meester guest-starred on ''Series/{{House}}'', playing a teenager with a huge crush on the title character. Coincidentally, Chuck and House are both dark, twisted JerkWithAHeartOfGold type characters, and Ed Westwick and Hugh Laurie are both Englishmen while their characters are American.
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American. What makes it funnier is the scene where Chuck is talking to Blair about her British boyfriend and says: "''You can't tell me Bertie Wooster is satisfying your needs''."



* DawsonCasting: All the main "teen" cast, with the exception of Jenny (Creator/TaylorMomsen was an actual teenager when cast) apply into this trope. Particularly notorious is Nicole Fiscella (Isabel Coates, one of the mean girls), who was born in ''1979''.
** A new example for season 6 is Sage who is 17 played by [[Series/{{Skins}} Sofia Black D'elia]] who was born in 1991, two calendar years older than Momsen.
* DyeingForYourArt: Leighton Meester dyed her blond hair brown before her audition, and kept it brown whenever the show was filming.
** The awful dreads they put on Jessica Szohr have to count.

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* DawsonCasting: ActorSharedBackground: Blake Lively has a brother called Eric, just like her character Serena.
* ApprovalOfGod: Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the original books, liked all the representations of her characters. The exception is Vanessa - who is a bald Goth in the books and gets AdaptationalAttractiveness in the TV show.
* CreatorBacklash:
** Blake Lively later called it "emotionally compromising" to play Serena, and hated filming all the sex scenes.
** Chace Crawford didn't enjoy his time on the show either and was glad when it finally ended.
* DawsonCasting:
**
All the main "teen" cast, with the exception of Jenny (Creator/TaylorMomsen was an actual teenager when cast) apply into this trope. Particularly notorious is Nicole Fiscella (Isabel Coates, one of the mean girls), who was born in ''1979''.
** A new example for season 6 is Sage who is 17 played by [[Series/{{Skins}} Sofia Black D'elia]] who was born in 1991, two calendar years older than Momsen.
''1979''.
** An example for season 6 is Sage who is 17 played by [[Series/{{Skins}} Sofia Black D'elia]] who was born in 1991, two calendar years older than Momsen.
* DyeingForYourArt: Leighton Meester dyed her blond blonde hair brown before her audition, and kept it brown whenever the show was filming.
** The awful dreads they put on Jessica Szohr have to count.
filming.



* IAmNotSpock:
** Leighton Meester appears to have fallen headlong into it. Despite well-received performances in several films, most of her mainstream work flopped, and audiences weren't able to see her anyone besides Blair Waldorf.
** Blake Lively meanwhile has done her hardest to avoid this - including taking a drastically against-type role in ''Film/TheTown'', and another in ''Film/TheAgeOfAdaline''. Both won her critical acclaim, so it seems to be working.
* {{Jossed}}: Rumours that Jenny was going to have a spin-off when she was PutOnABus were put to rest when Taylor Momsen claimed she wished to pursue her music career in Music/ThePrettyReckless.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Leighton Meester is by all accounts a lot easier to take than Blair Waldorf (which admittedly wouldn't be hard).
* NamesTheSame: Nate Archibald is also the name of a former NBA player (wikipedia searches redirect to the player).

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Leighton Meester is by all accounts a lot easier to take nicer than Blair Waldorf (which admittedly wouldn't be hard).
her AlphaBitch character.
* NamesTheSame: Nate Archibald is also the name of a former NBA player (wikipedia searches redirect to player.
* TheOtherDarrin: Florencia Lozano plays Eleanor Waldorf in
the player).pilot. Margaret Colin replaces her for the remainder of the show.
* PlayingAgainstType: Michelle Trachtenberg got fame for playing various Woobies or {{Plucky Girl}}s. Playing a ManipulativeBitch like Georgina is very different for her.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Blake Lively (Serena) and Penn Badgley (Dan), Ed Westwick (Chuck) and Jessica Szohr and Leighton Meester (Blair) and Sebastian Stan (Carter). All have now broken up.

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* RomanceOnTheSet: Blake Lively (Serena) and Penn Badgley (Dan), Ed Westwick (Chuck) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) and Leighton Meester (Blair) and Sebastian Stan (Carter). All have now broken up. Matthew Settle (Rufus) and Kelly Rutherford (Lily) also dated in real life.



* StarMakingRole: This made Blake Lively a household name.



* ThrowItIn: This ad-libbed dialogue in the last scene from season two:

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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This ad-libbed dialogue in the last scene from season two:



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Mischa Barton was approached to play Georgina Sparks even after [[Series/TheOC the last time she worked with Josh Schwartz]], but she turned them down. Enter Michelle Trachtenberg.

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** The first season received numerous complaints from the Parents' Television Council for being "mind-blowingly inappropriate" and "every parent's nightmare". The show ended up using those as taglines.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The concept was first pitched as a feature film with Lindsay Lohan as Blair and Justin Chatwin as Nate. Plans fell through, and the decision was made to pitch it as a TV series instead.
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Mischa Barton was approached to play Georgina Sparks even after [[Series/TheOC the last time she worked with Josh Schwartz]], but she turned them down. Enter Michelle Trachtenberg.


Added DiffLines:

** A spin-off set in the 80s and revolving around a younger Lily was planned, but the CW passed on the idea. The pilot was later aired during the second season.
16th Apr '16 10:33:33 AM nombretomado
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** In the final season's "It's Really Complicated," when Serena tells Blair that her ex Steven (played by Barry Watson) tried to get back with her, Blair (who'd rather it was him than Dan again) replies "Ooh, you must be in [[SeventhHeaven seventh heaven]]!"

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** In the final season's "It's Really Complicated," when Serena tells Blair that her ex Steven (played by Barry Watson) tried to get back with her, Blair (who'd rather it was him than Dan again) replies "Ooh, you must be in [[SeventhHeaven [[Series/SeventhHeaven seventh heaven]]!"
5th Apr '16 1:01:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Cyrus Rose is [[Film/ThePrincessBride Vizzini]]. Judging by the way he out-schemed Blair, he's gotten a little better at his planning.
** Inconceivable!
** Before portraying Bree Buckley in Season 3, Joanna Garcia played [[Series/{{Privileged}} Megan Smith]], [[{{Are You Afraid Of The Dark}} Sam]], and [[{{Reba}} Cheyenne]].
** Before playing Rufus, Matthew Settle portrayed one of the most [[{{Memetic Badass}} badass people ever]], [[strike:Lt.]] Captain [[Series/BandOfBrothers Ron Spiers]].
*** His daughter is [[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas Cindy Lou Who]].
*** His son is [[JohnTuckerMustDie Scott Tucker]]
** Lily Humphrey used to be FemmeFatale [[Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr Dixie Cousins]] and IntrepidReporter [[Series/KindredTheEmbraced Caitlin Byrne]].
** One for the UK fans: Mr Smith, the guy Agnes and Jenny visit in "Bonfire of the Vanity" and who Jenny later returns to for help in launching her fashion line, is the guy from the Orange adverts.
** Georgina is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Dawn Summers]], who, for Buffy fans at least, will look 15 for all eternity.
** In her blond days, Blair stalked Series/{{House}}.
*** Even better (and brunetter), she "had a long and storied reign as the gossip queen of [[Series/VeronicaMars Neptune High]]."
** Chuck's life was saved in Prague by [[Film/HarryPotter Fleur Delacour]]!
*** And [[Film/HarryPotter Tom Riddle]] is Chuck's valet.
** Juliet was the little devil on [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Sam Winchester's]] shoulder.
** Russell Thorpe was anal-retentive CFO Stanley Babson on [[{{Creator/HBO}} [=HBO=]]]'s ''Arli$$'', and Doctor Cox's best friend from college on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
** Serena was conned by one of [[Film/TheSocialNetwork the Winklevii]].
** What about LizzieMcGuire as Vanessa's roommate?
** The "Valley Girls" BackDoorPilot features [[Series/AmericanDreams Meg Pryor]], [[Series/VeronicaMars Dick Casablanca and Gia Goodman]], with [[{{Hellcats}} Dan Patch]] as the antagonist.
** Jenny's model friend and later enemy is [[Series/TheOC Kaitlin Cooper]].
** [[Series/{{Alias}} Anna Espinosa]] is Gabriela Abrams.
** Why is Nate dating a [[Series/{{Skins}} lesbian?]]
** Serena used to [[TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants wear the exact same jeans]] as Series/UglyBetty, Series/JoanOfArcadia and [[Series/GilmoreGirls Rory Gilmore]].
** [[SeventhHeaven Matt Camden]] has a teenage daughter already.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[Series/VeronicaMars Kristen Bell]] is Gossip Girl, though she's uncredited.
** Also the Japanese version has [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa Ulquiorra]] with [[Creator/RomiPark Hitsugaya]] as siblings, [[Creator/YukoKaida Marida]] as Serena and Starkiller as Chuck Bass, and [[Creator/ChiakiTakahashi Litchi]] spilling the gossip.
** In Hungary and Brazil, Blair and the Gossip Girl are both [[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Katie and Zoey]].
27th Dec '15 2:24:25 PM nombretomado
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** Why is Nate dating a [[{{Skins}} lesbian?]]

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** Why is Nate dating a [[{{Skins}} [[Series/{{Skins}} lesbian?]]
27th Dec '15 2:24:14 PM nombretomado
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** A new example for season 6 is Sage who is 17 played by [[{{Skins}} Sofia Black D'elia]] who was born in 1991, two calendar years older than Momsen.

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** A new example for season 6 is Sage who is 17 played by [[{{Skins}} [[Series/{{Skins}} Sofia Black D'elia]] who was born in 1991, two calendar years older than Momsen.
13th Sep '15 5:09:18 PM nombretomado
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Mischa Barton was approached to play Georgina Sparks even after [[TheOC the last time she worked with Josh Schwartz]], but she turned them down. Enter Michelle Trachtenberg.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Mischa Barton was approached to play Georgina Sparks even after [[TheOC [[Series/TheOC the last time she worked with Josh Schwartz]], but she turned them down. Enter Michelle Trachtenberg.
15th Jul '15 11:31:40 AM Anddrix
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** In Season 6, Chuck tells Nate that maybe he needs to find himself a HotTubTimeMachine. Former guest star Sebastian Stan (Carter Baizen) starred in this movie.

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** In Season 6, Chuck tells Nate that maybe he needs to find himself a HotTubTimeMachine.''Film/HotTubTimeMachine''. Former guest star Sebastian Stan (Carter Baizen) starred in this movie.
12th May '15 1:41:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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** In Season 1 when Jenny is trying on dresses at Blair's house, Blair tells her a dress is too HannahMontana. TaylorMomsen was one of many actresses considered for the role.

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** In Season 1 when Jenny is trying on dresses at Blair's house, Blair tells her a dress is too HannahMontana. TaylorMomsen Creator/TaylorMomsen was one of many actresses considered for the role.



* DawsonCasting: All the main "teen" cast, with the exception of Jenny (TaylorMomsen was an actual teenager when cast) apply into this trope. Particularly notorious is Nicole Fiscella (Isabel Coates, one of the mean girls), who was born in ''1979''.

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* DawsonCasting: All the main "teen" cast, with the exception of Jenny (TaylorMomsen (Creator/TaylorMomsen was an actual teenager when cast) apply into this trope. Particularly notorious is Nicole Fiscella (Isabel Coates, one of the mean girls), who was born in ''1979''.
9th May '15 12:22:45 PM SeptimusHeap
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** Before portraying Bree Buckley in Season 3, Joanna Garcia played [[{{Privileged}} Megan Smith]], [[{{Are You Afraid Of The Dark}} Sam]], and [[{{Reba}} Cheyenne]].

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** Before portraying Bree Buckley in Season 3, Joanna Garcia played [[{{Privileged}} [[Series/{{Privileged}} Megan Smith]], [[{{Are You Afraid Of The Dark}} Sam]], and [[{{Reba}} Cheyenne]].
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