This weekend, Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley has his first big-screen leading role, in the remake of The Stepfather. Plus, his co-star (and real-life girlfriend) Blake Lively has a small role in New York, I Love You, which is now in limited release. So, which of the GG kids is choosing the best film projects? Badgley seems to be following the GG-cast trend of booking scary flicks (Chace Crawford was in 2008’s The Haunting of Molly Hartley; and Leighton Meester and Jessica Szhor are in 2010’s The Roommate and Piranha 3D, respectively). Horror flicks can end up doing very well, and Stepfather commercials have been all over the place, although reviews have been lukewarm. Still, I think I’m going to have to give my votes to Lively and Crawford for embracing alternate strategies. Lively has been taking supporting roles in smaller but star-studded flicks—such as New York, I Love You, the upcoming The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and The Town, costarring Ben Affleck (who also directs), Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, and Rebecca Hall. It’s a great cast , and the film could prove her range as an actress. Meanwhile, Crawford is tackling the lead in the Footloose remake which, good or bad, will be highly-anticipated and nab a ton of attention. Plus, it’s the movie that shot Kevin Bacon into super-stardom. Maybe it can do the same for Chace?

What do you think PopWatchers? Which Gossip Girl cast member is picking the best movies?

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