Daily Mail Online’s FEMAIL here, your one and only source into
the not-so-scandalous lives of the Gossip Girl elite.
The hit CW show based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s novels is
turning ten this fall, with September 19 marking a decade since
the seven-season show premiered.
The stars of the juicy hit have all experienced ups and downs
in the years since, with bumpy careers and, at times, even
bumpier personal lives.
Here, FEMAIL looks at what the biggest cast members of the
first season have gotten up to in the past decade, and where
they’ve been since the show wrapped in 2012. Spoilers
Happy birthday! Gossip Girl’s first season turns ten next
Buzzed-about: The CW show based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s
novels premiered on September 19
Then and now: Blake Lively played It Girl Serena van der
Woodsen (pictured left in 2007 and right in May 2017)
Serena van der
Woodsen: Blake Lively
It’s been a decade since then-20-year-old Blake achieved almost
overnight superstardom as wild child It Girl Serena.
Blake had already starred in Accepted and The Sisterhood of the
Traveling Pants but was on the verge of quitting the business
to attend Columbia University when she was offered the part —
and almost turned it down.
‘I said, “No, I want to go to college. Thank you, though,”‘
Blake, now 30, told
Vanity Fair in a new interview. Then they said, “O.K.,
you can go to Columbia one day a week. After the first year [of
the show], it’ll quiet down. Your life will go back to normal
and you can start going to school. We can’t put it in writing,
but we promise you can go.” So that’s why I said, “O.K. You
know what? I’ll do this.”‘
Obviously, things never did ‘quiet down’, and Blake became a
huge star, nabbing side-roles in The Private Lives of Pippa
Lee, The Town, Savages, Hick, and Green Lantern — where she met
her now-husband, Ryan Reynolds.
All grown up! Blake married husband Ryan Reynolds right
before the show ended and the couple now has two daughters,
James and Ines
Movie star: She’s continued to act and had a starring role in
the film Age of Adeline
Perfect timing: Blake, who almost didn’t accept the part of
Serena because she wanted to attend college, never turned
back — and recently starred in The Shallows
Bumps: Blake was spotlighted for her incredible maternity
style during both pregnancies, but also experienced a
professional flop with her artisanal lifestyle website
The two said ‘I do’ in June of 2012, and have had two children:
a two-year-old daughter named James, and another daughter,
Ines, who turns one next month.
Since the Gossip Girl finale aired in December of 2012, Blake
has also starred in The Age of Adaline and The
Shallows, and was just announced as the star of the upcoming
film adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret.
In addition to steady work on the silver screen, Blake’s also
raking in big bucks with sponsorship deals. She’s been the face
of Chanel and Gucci Premiere, and is currently a brand
ambassador for L’Oréal Paris.
It hasn’t been all ups in her career, though. In 2014, Blake
launched an artisan lifestyle website called Preserve which
flopped spectacularly and was shuttered the next year.
Transformation: Leighton Meester played Queen Bee Blair
Waldorf (pictured left in 2007 and right in July)
So little! The cast has grown up over the past decade and
most are in their early 30s now
Changing gears: She now stars with Adam Pally on the Fox
comedy Making History
Stage and screen: Leighton tried her hand at Broadway with a
role in Of Mice and Men
Mom time: She secretly wed Adam Brody in 2014 and last year
welcomed a daughter named Arlo Day
Waldorf: Leighton Meester
Leighton was 21 when she made her debut as Blair — though the
star originally auditioned to play Serena, and needed to dye
her blonde hair brown for the role of Constance’s Queen Bee.
She appeared in a few movies while the show aired, including
The Roommate, Date Night, That’s My Boy, and Country Strong,
and also released music. Her singles included Somebody to
Love, our Love’s a Drug, and vocals for Cobra
Starship’s Good Girls Go Bad.
She finally released her own album, Heartstrings, in 2014, and
went on tour the following year.
The 31-year-old has continued to work steadily in Hollywood
since Gossip Girl ended, too. In 2014, she starred with James
Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Of Mice and Men on Broadway,
which earned her positive reviews.
And this year she switched to comedy, starring as Deborah
Revere opposite Adam Pally in Fox’s Making History.
Her career isn’t the only aspect of her life going well,
either. Though the star keeps very quiet about her personal
life, in 2014 she married The OC’s Adam Brody, whom she met
while filming the movie The Orange. Their daughter, Arlo Day,
just turned one.
Lonely boy: Penn Badgely played Brooklynite Dan Humphrey
(pictured left in 2007 and right in 2016)
Art immitating life: Then just 20, Penn ‘may not have liked
it, but [his character] was the closest to who he was,’
according to a producer
Scruffy: Though his character embraced the Upper East Side
lifestyle in many ways, it is clear than Penn has not
Humphrey: Penn Badgley
Fans haven’t seen much of 30-year-old Penn since Gossip Girl
ended — and that’s the way he likes it.
‘Penn didn’t like being on Gossip Girl, but… he was Dan. He
may not have liked it, but [his character] was the closest to
who he was,’ executive producer Joshua Safran told Vanity Fair.
When the show began, the then-20-year-old had already worked
quite a bit, with roles on series like The Young and the
Restless, Do Over, The Mountain, and The Bedford
Diaries behind him.
He’d also had some experience playing a heartthrob in John
Tucker Must Die, and had a similar role in Easy A opposite Emma
Stone while GG was still on the air.
But the Gossip Girl life — starring in the show and also dating
his on-screen girlfriend Blake for several years — seems to
have worn on him, and he’s lived a quieter life after the show.
Hit film: During the run of Gossip Girl, he starred opposite
Emma Stone in Easy A
Rock ‘n roll: He continues to act but spends a lot of time on
his band, Mothxr
Hipster couple: This year, he married Jemima Kirke’s sister
Domino, who is a musician and a doula
Penn’s had a few acting roles, in Cymbeline and the indie flick
The Paper Store, and also performs with his band Mothxr — a far
cry from his teen drama days.
‘Maybe I was f***ing delusional to think that I wouldn’t get
pigeonholed, because who’s to say that I’m still not? But I
know who I am at the end of the day,’ he told
Cosmopolitan.com in 2016.
Like several of his co-stars, Penn has also had a wedding since
Gossip Girl ended, though his was likely very different from
his ex Blake’s Martha Stewart-approved affair.
In February of this year, he married musician and doula Domino
Kirke, who is the sister of actresses Jemima and Lola. They’d
been dating since 2014.
Heartthrob: Chace Crawford played good guy Nate Archibald
(pictured left in 2007, right in May of this year)
Fangirls: He earned instant heartthrob status on the show
Flashback: The 32-year-old actor is pictured with the cast in
In the movies: He went on to appear in What to Expect When
You’re Expecting with Anna Kendrick
Found love: He also starred on the show Blood & Oil and
is still dating his co-star, Rebecca Rittenhouse
Archibald: Chace Crawford
Like his co-stars, Chace, 32, took on a few extra gigs while
Gossip Girl filmed, including voice work on Family Guy, the
starring role in the movie Twelve, and a spot playing Anna
Kendrick’s baby daddy in What to Expect When You’re
He also found himself in a bit of hot water, getting arrest for
marijuana possession in Texas. A year later, the charges
against him were dismissed.
Since the show ended, he’s popped up in the films Eloise,
Mountain Men, and Rules Don’t Apply. This summer, he had a
guest spot on the Hulu series Casual — where he bared his
backside for the camera. He also starred in the
short-lived show Blood & Oil.
While Blood & Oil didn’t last, his relationship with his
co-star Rebecca Rittenhouse did, and the two are still going
strong two years later.
Bad boy: Ed Westwick played Chuck Bass (pictured left in
2007, right in May 2017)
The then-baby-faced actor played the on-again, off-again love
of Blair Waldorf
On-set love: For a while, he dated co-star Jessica Szohr, but
she was written off the show shortly after they split
New gig: After starring in the short-lived show Wicket City,
he earned the lead in White Gold (pictured)
Sidekick: He is currently dating model Jessica Serfaty
Bass: Ed Westwick
Ed Westwick really lucked out with Gossip Girl.
After originally auditioning for Nate, Ed was given bad boy
Chuck, instead — and the showrunners anxiously awaited for the
British actor’s work visa to be approved so they could move
forward. He’s only been in the US for a month when he got the
The 30-year-old has gone on to star in two more TV shows
post-GG: Wicked City, which ran for eight episodes, and now the
new White Gold — in a role many find familiar to Chuck Bass.
It’s been renewed for a second season.
Though he dated co-star Jessica Szhor during a few seasons of
Gossip Girl, the pair split in 2010. He is now dating
model Jessica Serfaty, who wrote lovingly on Instagram
that her beau is ‘a man worth every moment of anyone’s time.’
Oddly, however, Ed recently revealed that he may have missed
the memo about Dan being Gossip Girl, telling Vanity Fair: ‘I
am still not sure who GG was lol.’
Not a little girl anymore: Taylor Momsen played Jenny
Humphrey (pictured left in 2007 and right in 2014)
Most changed: She started the show at just 14 and was Dan’s
sweet, innocent little sister
Ready to go… Midway through the show she began acting out,
giving obscene interviews and performing in very little
clothing with her band The Pretty Reckless (pictured this
No more acting: She was written off the show and focused her
attention on her music
Too cool for school: She is currently touring with her band
in Europe and has put out three albums
Humphrey: Taylor Momsen
Undoubtedly the most physically changed since the show’s
premiere, Taylor was just 14 when she first played UES wannabe
Her transformation started while she was still on the show, and
Jenny gradually took on some of Taylor’s real-life style — that
is, until Taylor had enough and was written off.
She’d been acting out leading up to her exit, performing
pantsless on TV, cursing and openly discussing masturbation in
interviews, and working desperately to shed any good-girl image
she might have had.
The 24-year-old hasn’t acted since — save for a cameo in the
finale — and has instead focused her energy on her hard
rock/post-grunge group, The Pretty Reckless, of which she is
The band has released three albums (two since GG ended) and
Taylor has kept busy touring, and is currently in Europe
BFF: Jessica Szohr played Dan’s childhood friend, Vanessa
Abrams (pictured left in 2007 and right in August 2017)
Longterm boyfriend: She’s now dating football player
Acting on: She’s also appeared on Complications
(pictured) and Twin Peaks
Jessica left Gossip Girl before the show’s last season, coming
back only for a quick cameo in the finale.
At the time, there was rumored on-set drama, with some sources
reporting that Ed — whom Jessica dated and then split with —
wanted her written off the show.
Since then, she’s appeared in The Internship, Ted 2, and the TV
series Complications and Twin Peaks. This summer, it was
announced that she would be joining the cast of Shameless for
its eight season.
The 32-year-old actress has now been dating football player
Scotty McKnight for over two years and is often spotted by
paparazzi hanging out with friend Nina Dobrev.
Sparks flew: Michelle Trachtenberg played schemer Georgina
Sparks (pictured left in 2009 and right in 2017)
On TV: She’s since appeared on the show Guidance and recently
reunited with the cast of Buffy for a 20-year reunion
Former child star Michelle was all grown up as scheming
Georgina Sparks, a role first offered to Mischa Barton.
‘It’s awesome playing the bad girl,’ she told Entertainment
Weekly at the time. ‘Dawn [from Buffy the Vampire Slayer]
was a lovely nerd and Georgina is a b****. There’s no way
around it. It’s in every fiber of her being. It’s so much fun
to know that Georgina can kill you with a glance.”
The very busy actress pulled double duty during most of
filming, also starring in 17 Again, acting in the TV series
Mercy, and doing voice work for the cartoon Robot Chicken.
After the show ended, the 31-year-old went on to appear in
Guidance, The Scribbler, and five TV movies.
Earlier this year, she celebrated an even bigger TV anniversary
— Buffy’s 20th — and joined her former castmates for a
much-buzzed-about reunion photoshoot.
Drama mama: Kelly Rutherford played Serena’s mom, Lily
van der Woodsen (pictured left in 2007 and right in 2017)
van der Woodsen: Kelly Rutherford
Melrose Place alum Kelly, 48, had a ton of TV experience before
becoming Lily van der Woodsen Bass Humphrey Bass.
She’s been on Homefront, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,
The Great Defender, Kindred: The Embraced, The District, Threat
Matrix, E-Ring, and several TV movies before, at the age of 38,
playing mom to two teenagers.
And while she has kept working since — with small roles in
Reckless, Being Mary Jane, and Quantico — it’s her personal
life that has earned the most headlines.
While pregnant with her second child in 2008, she filed from
divorce from husband Daniel Giersch, and there’s been drama
ever since. Giersch claimed Kelly didn’t tell him about
the birth of their daughter, Helena, and she took out a
temporary restraining order against him.
‘Daniel was subtly verbally abusive,’ she told
Vanity Fair. ‘He was trying to alienate me from everyone in
my life — my parents, my brother.’
Not leaving TV: Recently, she’s appeared on Quantico
and Being Mary Jane
Fighting for her kdis: Her ongoing legal battles with her
ex-husband over custody of their children, Hermes and Helena,
have been in the headlines
When her ex’s US visa was revoked and he was deported — thanks
in part to evidence about his business supplied by Kelly — so
started an ongoing custody battle. Because Giersch could
not enter the US (and was living in France and Monaco), Kelly
had to travel there frequently to see her children.
A prolonged court battle repeatedly changed custody of the
children, leading Kelly to file for bankruptcy in 2013.
Currently, Hermes and Helena live in Monaco with Giersch,
while Kelly has visitation rights — but she hasn’t given up.
‘My children and I have lost years of dailiness. How do you get
those years back?’ she said, adding: ‘There is no way I am not
going to fight to get my children back.’
Brooklyn dad: Matthew Settle was only 38 when he started
playing Rufus Humphrey, father to Dan and Jenny (pictured
left in 2008 and right in 2015)
Family: He had a daughter during the show but split from the
mother; he has since had another daughter with his new
Humphrey: Matthew Settle
Matthew, 47, already had a bunch of credits to his name when he
signed on with the show, having appeared in I Still Know
What You Did Last Summer, Band of Brothers, and a few episodes
each of ER, The Practice, and Brothers and Sisters.
After playing Dan and Jenny’s dad, Matthew went on to star in
the movies Marshall’s Miracle and Ouija.
He also grew his family. During his brief marriage while the
show aired, he welcomed a daughter, Aven, who is now eight. In
2015, he had another baby girl with his girlfriend Maria
The help: Zuzanna Szadkowski played Dorota, Blair’s maid
(pictured left in 2009 and right in 2016)
Beloved: Dorota was a fan favorite and a mother figure to
Since Gossip Girl, she’s appeared on The Knick and Girls
So sweet! According to Adam Brody, she and Leighton are best
friends in real life
As Blair’s beloved yet oft-abused maid Dorota, Zuzanna (now 38)
became a quick fan favorite.
Unlike her character, Zuzanna doesn’t have a Polish accent,
having moved to the US from Poland when she was three. Also
unlike her character, Zuzanna is actually an Ivy Leaguer: She
went to Barnard College at Columbia University and received her
MFA from Harvard.
Since Gossip Girl ended, she’s appeared in several episodes of
Girls and The Knick, and also popped up with cameos on The Good
Wife and Elementary.
But the bit of trivia that’s most likely to please fans of the
show is that Zuzanna has remained close with Leighton — in
fact, Leighton’s husband Adam revealed in 2015 that they are