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  • Acting in the Dark: Penn Badgley didn't know that Dan was actually Gossip Girl until right before the scene was to be shot.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Blair referring to Georgina, played by Michelle Trachtenberg, as a vampire.
    • Chuck, played by Londoner Ed Westwick, gets his haircuts at Piccadilly.
    • Blair compares Chuck to House. Leighton Meester guest-starred on House, playing a teenager with a huge crush on the title character. Coincidentally, Chuck and House are both dark, twisted Jerk with a Heart of Gold 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 mentions herself and Chuck role-playing "Wuthering Heights". Ed Westwick had been cast to play Heathcliff in a new remake but was dropped not long before the episode where Blair makes the mentioning aired.
    • As a side effect of the show's Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, season four's "The Townie" references The Town in which Blake Lively has a role. The same season also saw "Panic Roommate" mash up Panic Room and The Roommate (Leighton Meester plays the title role in the latter), and "Easy J" riff on Easy A (in which Penn Badgley appears). The first season also has an episode called "Blair Waldorf Must Pie!" (from John Tucker Must Die, which also has Penn Badgleynote ) and the Series Finale is called "New York, I Love You XOXO" (after New York, I Love You, with Blake Livelynote ).
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    • In Season 1 when Jenny is trying on dresses at Blair's house, Blair tells her a dress is too Hannah Montana. Taylor Momsen was one of many actresses considered for the role.
    • During the build-up to and actual Blair's wedding, Wallace Shawn makes at least two Princess Bride references by name.
    • In Season 6, Chuck tells Nate that maybe he needs to find himself a Hot Tub Time Machine. Former guest star Sebastian Stan (Carter Baizen) starred in this movie.
    • 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 seventh heaven!"
    • Blair has spent time in Monaco before.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Blake Lively has a brother called Eric, just like her character Serena.
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  • Approval of God: 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 Adaptational Attractiveness to be played by the very pretty Jessica Szohr in the TV show.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Blake Lively later called it "emotionally compromising" to play Serena, and hated filming all the sex scenes. (It's telling that unlike Leighton Meester, Lively never put her work up for Emmy consideration.)
    • Chace Crawford didn't enjoy his time on the show either and was glad when it finally ended.
    • Penn Badgley didn't take too kindly to The Reveal that Dan was actually Gossip Girl all along, finding it as much of an Ass Pull as fans did.
      • Badgley also reportedly grew to hate his character in the later seasons, stating in interviews that he felt Dan was a raging hypocrite. Ed Westwick did also not approve of some of Chuck's more deprived actions. His mother, a psychiatrist, would call him up after certain episodes and tell him she's worried about Chuck.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • All the main "teen" cast, with the exception of Jenny apply into this trope. Particularly notorious is Nicole Fiscella (Isabel Coates, one of the mean girls), who was born in 1979.
      • This ended up affecting the plot of the show, as there was supposed to be a romance arc for Jenny and Nate, but Chace Crawford (22 at the time of filming season two) did not feel comfortable making out with Taylor Momsen, at the time 15.
    • An example for season 6 is Sage who is 17 played by Sofia Black D'elia who was born in 1991, two calendar years older than Momsen.
    • Defied to an extent by Kristen Bell. She was interested in the project after Veronica Mars wrapped, but realized 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.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Leighton Meester dyed her blonde hair brown before her audition, and kept it brown whenever the show was filming.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Billy Baldwin refused to meet Blake Lively before their first scene together because he wanted the experience of seeing your father/daughter again after 14 years to be as real for both of them as possible. He also stated that he pretended Blake was his real-life daughter.
  • Fake American: Chuck Bass is played by English Ed Westwick.
  • Fake Brit: Lord Marcus, played by American Patrick Heusinger. Making it an American playing a Brit who fakes being American. Add to that the scene where Chuck (played by a Brit, as noted above) imitates Marcus' accent to pull a Bed Trick on Blair. A Brit playing an American faking a British accent as done by an American.
  • I Am Not Spock:
    • 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 The Town, and another in The Age of Adaline. 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 Put on a Bus were put to rest when Taylor Momsen claimed she wished to pursue her music career in The Pretty Reckless.
  • McLeaned: Bart Bass.
  • Name's the Same: Nate Archibald is also the name of a former NBA player.
  • The Other Darrin: Florencia Lozano plays Eleanor Waldorf in the pilot. Margaret Colin replaces her for the remainder of the show.
  • Playing Against Type: Michelle Trachtenberg got fame for playing various Woobies or Plucky Girls. Playing a Manipulative Bitch like Georgina is very different for her.
  • The Red Stapler:
    • Chuck's trademark scarf sold out within days of the pilot episode 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.
  • Romance on the Set: 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.
  • Screwed by the Network: The Valley Girls spinoff was picked up, but then cancelled before it could even air.
  • Star-Making Role: This made Blake Lively a household name.
  • Stillborn Franchise: 2008 saw the release of OMFGG – Original Music Featured on Gossip Girl No. 1. There would not be a No. 2 (the CD didn't even include the show's opening/closing music for some reason).
  • Throw It In!:
    • This ad-libbed dialogue in the last scene from season two:
    Blair: (after Chuck told her he loves her) But, can you say it twice? No I'm serious, say it twice.
    Chuck: I love you. I love you. That's three. Here's four - I love you.
    • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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.
    • Mischa Barton was approached to play Georgina Sparks even after the last time she worked with Creator/JoshSchwartz, but she turned them down. Enter Michelle Trachtenberg.
    • Nate and Jenny's relationship wasn't supposed to end so suddenly, but Chace Crawford was uncomfortable regularly making out with a teenager and supposedly asked for it to be ended.
    • A spin-off set in The '80s and revolving around a younger Lily was planned. The pilot aired in Season 2 and the show was picked up, but canceled before airing.
    • A 16-year-old Jennifer Lawrence was one of the many people who auditioned to play Serena before Blake Lively was cast.
  • Word of God: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have cruelly crushed hopes for Vanessa/Rufus, saying that fans who want them are barking up the wrong tree.


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