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The Truth About Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester's “Chemistry” in Gossip Girl

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Gossip Girl herself would be proud of how many secrets the cast of the O.G. Gossip Girl have been spilling on the XOXO podcast. 

Hosted by Jessica Szohr, who played Vanessa in the oh-so-dramatic series, the podcast has been revealing all the behind-the-scenes details of the CW show, which ran from 2007 to 2012, but will always have a special place in our hearts. 

The latest bombshell? Aside from the casting director David Rapaport sharing that Jennifer Lawrence almost played the part of Serena van der Woodsen (which ultimately went to Blake Lively), Ed Westwick also dished on his on-screen “chemistry” with co-star Leighton Meester, who played Blair Waldorf opposite his Chuck Bass.

He knows that the power couple—who gave us the iconic line, “Three words. Eight letters. Say it, and I’m yours”—had something special. In fact, The Bystanders actor said he had “an amazing time” working with Leighton. 

“She’s an incredible talent,” Ed shared, before admitting, “I miss her dearly. We just had this great chemistry, and we used to make each other laugh and I felt protective over her at times. Yeah, she probably made me better.”

While Ed will soon star in Wolves of War and Deep Fear, Leighton has been busy appearing on How I Met Your Father and the upcoming thriller The Weekend Away. 

Yet, after all these years, Ed still recognizes what a meaningful experience the show was for them. “We were all very lucky, and I think we realized we were lucky,” he said.

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