Gossip Girl: Where are they 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.
In fact, though 2017 is merely two months old, the Gossip Girl crew has been busier than ever in the new year, swapping the steps of the Met for the small screen. Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, and Jessica Szohr all have current or upcoming gigs on TV, while Blake Lively and Penn Badgley have both recently added to their families.
See below for an update on the whole Gossip Girl crew.
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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.
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.
Since saying goodbye to Vanessa, Szohr has popped up in several movies and television shows, and has a still-under-wraps role in the upcoming Twin Peaks revival, alongside hundreds of other actors (no, really — Showtime announced the names of 217 actors that would be appearing on the show).
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.
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.
Looks like Lonely Boy’s not too lonely these days. Badgley, who played Gossip Girl herself (himself?) Dan Humphrey, 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.
Little J is now…slightly-less-little J. Momsen has stayed entirely absent from the screen since leaving Gossip Girl, instead leading the rock band The Pretty Reckless since 2009. The band released their latest effort, Who You Selling For, in 2016.