A lot has happened in Leighton Meester鈥檚 life since the 2012 finale of Gossip Girl. Along with roles in big budget films (The Judge) and indie comedies (Life Partners), she made her Broadway debut in the 2014 production of John Steinbeck鈥檚 Of Mice and Men. That same year, she married OC actor Adam Brody, and the following year gave birth to a baby girl named Arlo. You could say she鈥檚 been busy and she isn鈥檛 slowing down.

Meester is all about discussing her latest project, Making History, a comedy series airing on FOX. The one thing she isn鈥檛 psyched to talk about? The details of motherhood. In a recent interview with Refinery29, Meester shares her frustration with the Hollywood mom label.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 talk about Arlo very much,鈥 she explains. 鈥淚 am very proud of that area of my life. But I鈥檓 also really proud of the show, and of the work I do.鈥

Meester is all too aware of the way actresses get shoehorned into roles based on one-dimensional perceptions of women. For that reason, she鈥檚 wary of being categorized strictly as a celebrity mom, rather than a well-rounded, versatile performer. 鈥淚 think the perception is: You鈥檙e an ingenue, or you鈥檙e an icon, or you鈥檙e a mom. There鈥檚 no in between,鈥 she says.

Meester isn鈥檛 afraid to call out sexism in other industries as well.

鈥淚t鈥檚 so ingrained in people to not trust women in power, or women who want power,鈥 she says. 鈥淚t鈥檚 so ingrained to think a woman can鈥檛 [become president] and to criticize her for her personality, her imperfections, her clothing, her hair, her makeup, her laugh 鈥 It鈥檚 not acceptable. There鈥檚 no excuse.鈥


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