“Gossip Girl” Cast: Where Are They Now?
It's been exactly 10 years since Gossip Girl first premiered on The CW, thus opening our eyes to the "scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite" and introducing us to a new generation of stars including Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. In the six short seasons the show was on air, it captivated fans and critics alike, serving up week after week of delicious drama and continuously upping the ante for TV fashion. ("So many designers were lining up to be a part of it — they wanted their stuff on Blake or Leighton," costume designer Eric Daman told Vanity Fair.) Click through to find out what the cast has been up to for the past 10 years, and where they are today. (Photos via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images + Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images + Chiaki Nozu/WireImage)
Blake Lively/Serena van der Woodsen: Of all the Gossip Girl alumni, Lively is arguably the most well-known. Not only has she gone on to major roles in movies — including The Age of Adaline, The Shallows, and, more recently, All I See Is You — but she's also married to fellow actor Ryan Reynolds, with whom she shares two beautiful kids. True to her GG character, she's quite the fashionista — exhibit A, her style game at Cannes last year — and in her spare time, she likes to hang out with her BFFs, who just so happen to include Taylor Swift, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ladies, and even Miss Piggy. (Photo via Theo Wargo/Getty)
Leighton Meester/Blair Waldorf: Meester has a career that would make even her cunningly ambitious Queen Bee character proud. Since the show's end in 2012, she has acted in films including Life Partners and The Judge, recorded and released songs such as "Good Girls Go Bad" with Cobra Starship and the solo effort "Somebody to Love," and even starred on Broadway in 2014's Of Mice and Men. Her most recent work was as Deborah Revere in Fox's Making History. She's also married, with one daughter, Arlo Day, with actor Adam Brody. That's right — Blair Waldorf married Seth Cohen. Can you even stand it?! (Photo via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)
Taylor Momsen/Jenny Humphrey: Long gone are the days when Momsen played Dan Humphrey's sweet, if mixed up, little sis. The actress left the show in 2010 in order to pursue her dreams of a music career, and seven years later, she's still doing just that as the frontwoman of the uber-successful rock group The Pretty Reckless. With three records under their belt, the four-member band will be touring in Europe through the end of the year. (Photo via Chiaki Nozu/WireImage)
Penn Badgley/Dan Humphrey/Gossip Girl: Everyone’s favorite Gossip Girl — er, guy — followed in his on-screen sister's footsteps after the show, pursuing his musical interests with the band MOTHXR, who released their first album just last year. He also found some time for a couple of acting gigs, including a brief stint on the miniseries The Slap. He is married to singer Domino Kirke. (Photo via Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Joyful Heart Foundation)
Ed Westwick/Chuck Bass: Westwick tapped into his angsty side post-Gossip Girl, starring as Tybalt in a 2013 adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. Since then, he has fought crime as Kent Grainger on Wicked City, played a crime lord on Snatch, and sold double-glazed windows on White Gold. Is there any role he can't play? (Photo via Jeff Spicer/Getty)
Chace Crawford/Nate Archibald: Following his stint as a wealthy Upper East Sider, Crawford tried his hand at playing a greedy oil worker on ABC's short-lived Blood & Oil. He's had a few small film roles since — you can catch him in the just-released I Do… Until I Don't alongside Amber Heard. (Photo via Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Ark Endeavors)
Jessica Szohr/Vanessa Abrams: Szohr, who played Dan Humphrey's BFF turned on-again, off-again girlfriend, has been a lot busier than her character was after season four, when she was all but written off the show. In the years since GG, the actress has scored several recurring roles on TV shows such as Complications, Kingdom, and Twin Peaks. Her social life is stacked, too — she even attended one of Taylor Swift's infamous Fourth of July parties back in 2014. (Photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)
Michelle Trachtenberg/Georgina Sparks: Since her stint as bad girl Georgina Sparks, Trachtenberg has been laying low but working steadily, with appearances on Criminal Minds, Sleepy Hollow, and go90's Guidance. She's managed to keep her personal life largely out of the tabloids, despite liaisons with big name stars such as Josh Groban, whom she reportedly dated in 2012, and Pete Wentz, to whom she was linked in 2006. (Photo via Michael Kovac/Getty)
Connor Paolo/Eric van der Woodsen: Though he appeared in more than 50 episodes of Gossip Girl, it's Paolo's subsequent role as the younger brother of Jack Porter on Revenge that comes to mind when we think of the actor. (He gave up playing Eric van der Woodsen to focus on the ABC drama.) More recently, he starred in Stakeland II: The Stakelander. (Photo via Joshua Blanchard/Getty)
Kelly Rutherford/Lily van der Woodsen: Besides being a New York Fashion Week staple (we'd expect nothing less of Lily van der Woodsen's alter ego!), Rutherford has popped up in several of your favorite shows over the years, including Quantico and Jane the Virgin. She also frequently travels to France and Monaco, where, after years of custody battles with her second ex-husband, Daniel Giersh, she has extensive visitation rights to see her two children, who reside there with their father. (Photo via Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week)
Margaret Colin/Eleanor Waldorf-Rose: Colin was fabulous long before her character came to fruition, having been on the Hollywood scene in projects such as Pretty in Pink and As the World Turns since the '80s. She has continued to work steadily since GG, appearing in everything from The Good Wife to Veep. She's been married for almost 30 years to actor Justin Deas, with whom she has two children. (Photo via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)
Matthew Settle/Rufus Humphrey: In the last few years, Settle has had roles in Marshall's Miracle, The Offering, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. He's also a dad of two children, having welcomed a second baby with girlfriend Maria Alfonsin back in 2015. (Photo via Dave Kotinsky/Getty)
Zuzanna Szadkowski/Dorota Kishlovsky Though Blair's loyal maid and, ultimately, friend, wasn't technically a main character, there's no denying that it would have been a different show without her unwavering presence. Szadowski has dabbled in film and television since then, appearing in shows such as Girls and The Good Wife, but she's had her own personal matters to attend to over the years as well, having opened up The Sam Weisman school of acting (now closed) back in 2010. Oh, and did we mention she just so happens to be one of Leighton Meester's RL BFFs? (Photo via Stephen Lovekin/Getty)
Sebastian Stan/Carter Baizen: These days, Stan is widely known for his role as as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel Universe, but back in the late aughts, he was just another St. Jude's graduate, standing in front of Serena van der Woodsen, asking her to love him (or something like that). Stan worked on — count 'em — four films this year alone, and already has two in the pipeline for 2018, including Avengers: Infinity War. (Photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)
Katie Cassidy/Juliet Sharp: Early in her career, Cassidy did a lot of work in horror films such as When a Stranger Calls and A Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2009, she landed a leading role on the Melrose Place reboot, which marked something of a turning point. After Gossip Girl, she starred in a few more dark films, but she is now best known as Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Black Siren, who fights as a vigilante for those in need on Arrow. The actress, whose father is Partridge Family star David Cassidy, has also found happiness in matters close to the heart, recently getting engaged to boyfriend Matthew Rodgers with a stunning Marquise-shaped sparkler. (Photo via Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
Kaylee DeFer/Lola Rhodes/Charlie Rhodes: Though this TV villain with a heart of gold may not have gotten her perfect happy ending on the show, she's had better luck off-screen, building a family with husband Michael Fitzpatrick (of Fitz and the Tantrums) and their two children. (Photo via Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for Alice + Olivia)
Ella Rae Peck/Lola Rhodes: Following all of her Gossip Girl traumas, the real Lola Rhodes nabbed a small role in one of our favorite films, Bachelorette, and starring roles in two subsequent primetime series: as Mia Bower on NBC's Deception and as Molly Yoder on the network's Welcome to the Family. Neither show lasted more than a year, leaving Peck free to move on to 2016's Feed the Beast on AMC and, more recently, The Looming Tower, which is currently in pre-production. (Photo via Valerie Macon/Getty)
Hugo Becker/Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco: Blair's would-be love didn't get the girl in the end, nor did he land many American roles following his brief stint on the CW smash. But he's had success in his home country of France, where he has starred in more than 20 projects since 2012 and was honored with a Most Promising Actor award back in 2015. (Photo via Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
Kristen Bell/Gossip Girl: Bell had already starred as the lead on Veronica Mars by the time she landed the role as the narrator of the show, Gossip Girl herself, but we'd like to think that her voiceover work helped her land future roles in animated classics such as Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, and of course, Frozen. She has also starred in House of Lies, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, and Bad Moms — all while raising two daughters with husband Dax Shepard. (Photo via Nicholas Hunt/Getty)
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