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Gossip Girl, Then and Now
You know you loved them, and you certainly know you miss them. A lot has happened in the four years since Gossip Girl went off the air, but our favorite Upper East Siders have managed to keep busy, a habit that’s likely easier when it’s simply the paparazzi tracking your every move instead of a mysterious, virtual, text-savvy stalker.
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Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen)
If Serena van der Woodsen had to end up with someone other than Dan Humphrey, Ryan Reynolds isn’t too shabby a choice. Lively married PEOPLE’s 2010 Sexiest Man Alive in September 2012, and the two have gone on to welcome two daughters: James was born in January 2015, and she became a big sister when the couple welcomed Ines in September. Lively showed off her adorable family for the first time in December, when Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Lively has also continued her on-screen career with recent appearances in The Age of Adaline, Café Society, and The Shallows.
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Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf)
Meester cemented herself as the queen of the mid-2000s teen drama with her 2014 wedding to The O.C.'s Adam Brody, a match made in teen soap heaven. The actress known for bringing Blair Waldorf to life is currently starring on FOX’s time-travel comedy Making History alongside Adam Pally and Yassir Lester as Deborah Revere, Pally’s love interest and also, Paul Revere’s daughter. Meester has also continued her music career — in 2014, her debut album Heartstrings peaked at No. 139 on the Billboard 200 chart. Although in our hearts she's forever the rightful Queen of the Upper East Side.
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Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass)
Though the words “I’m Chuck Bass” still echo in the hearts of Gossip Girl fans everywhere, Westwick has moved on to the Crackle crime series Snatch alongside Rupert Grint. The series is based on Guy Ritchie’s 2000 heist film of the same name, and Westwick stars as Sonny Castillo, a “naughty” hustler. Somehow, we have a feeling he’ll play “naughty” just fine. He also stars in the BBC comedy series White Gold about a cocky window salesman, which debuted on Netflix this summer.
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Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey)
Looks like Lonely Boy’s not too lonely these days. Badgley, who played Gossip Girl herself (himself?) Dan Humphrey in the biggest twist of 2012, married Domino Kirke (sister of Girls actress Jemima Kirke) in February in a courthouse ceremony. Though he’s largely stayed off TV in the years since Gossip Girl wrapped, he has appeared in several indie films, like Adam Green’s Aladdin and The Paper Store, as well as on stage as the lead singer of the band MOTHXR.
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Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald)
Luckily for fans of Nate Archibald’s piercing blue eyes (and let’s be real, who isn’t a fan?), Crawford didn’t stay away from television long. He starred on the short-lived ABC series Blood & Oil in 2015, and recently snagged a recurring role on Hulu’s Casual as Byron, a student in Valerie’s (Michaela Watkins) elective storytelling class. Crawford is also appearing in the upcoming Lake Bell ensemble comedy I Do...Until I Don't.
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Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams)
Since saying goodbye to Vanessa, Szohr has popped up in several movies and television shows, as well as Taylor Swift's music video for pop banger "22". She also had role in the 2017 Twin Peaks revival, alongside hundreds of other actors (no, really — Showtime announced the names of 217 actors that would be appearing on the show).
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Zuzanna Szadkowski (Dorota Kishlovsky)
The true MVP of Gossip Girl, Dorota Kishlovsky was played by Zuzanna Szadkowski for the length of the show's run. The actress has been one of the busiest former cast members following the finale, earning credits for episodes of Elementary, Girls, The Knick, and The Good Wife.
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Connor Paolo (Eric van der Woodsen)
Gossip Girl found its Eric van der Woodsen in Connor Paolo, a young actor who got his break on the show. Before the drama's wrap, Paolo enrolled at NYU and started playing Declan Porter on Revenge. He appeared on Revenge through 2013 and went on to hit the big screen in Friend Request.