Meet the Cast of Gossip Girl
BLAKE LIVELY [Serena Van Der Woodsen]: Blake Lively stars as Serena van der Woodsen in the hit drama Gossip Girl and has won three Teen Choice Awards for her performance in the series. She was seen this year in Oliver Stones film Savages and the indie feature Hick. In 2011, Blake was awarded CinemaCon's Breakthrough Performer of the Year after starring in The Green Lantern and the critically acclaimed film The Town.
She had her film debut in 2005 as Bridget in the hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and later reprised her role in the film's sequel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Other films include The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Accepted and Elvis & Annabelle.
Lively is the face of Gucci's newest perfume, Premiere.
LEIGHTON MEESTER [Blair Waldorf]: Leighton Meester stars as Blair Waldorf in the hit drama Gossip Girl. She recently showed off her comedic gifts opposite Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in That's My Boy; prior to that, she wowed in Country Strong and The Roommate. Up next, she stars in the ensemble dramedy The Oranges.
With a deep passion for music, she has spent her spare moments writing and touring. Outside of movies, television and music, Meester has partnered with iconic fashion designer Vera Wang to become the face of Lovestruck fragrance.
Leighton first got the acting bug at age 9, when she played a citizen of Emerald City in a local production of The Wizard of Oz.
PENN BADGLEY [Dan Humphrey]: Penn Badgley currently stars as Dan Humphrey in The CW's hit drama "Gossip Girl," from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (executive producers of "The O.C."), based on the tremendously popular book series about privileged teenagers in New York City.
Penn Badgley will next be seen on the big screen "Greetings from Tim Buckley," for which he won the highly sought-after role to star as musician Jeff Buckley. He recently appeared in the critically acclaimed "Margin Call," a thriller based on the events surrounding the country's financial collapse, also starring Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto and Simon Baker. For their work in the film, Badgley and his cast mates received the Robert Altman "Ensemble Cast Award" at the Independent Spirit Awards. Badgley was seen the previous year in Sony's hit comedy "Easy A."
In 2009 year, Badgley starred in the dramatic thriller "The Stepfather" opposite Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward. In 2008, Badgely took a villainous turn in the rugby-themed "Forever Strong." He also appeared in "John Tucker Must Die," and has starred in several television series, including the short-lived "Do Over;" Badgley's first starring role, which came at the age of 15, and garnered critical acclaim.
Born in Baltimore, Badgley split his formative years between Midlothian, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. It was in Seattle that, through his love of music, he stumbled upon a local playhouse and became involved in musical theatre, where his passion for acting grew. Badgely relocated to Los Angeles and built up his resume while attending Santa Monica College. He had planned to transfer to USC, where he was accepted at 17, but life and work intervened.
Badgley currently resides in New York. He enjoys writing music and playing soccer in his spare time.
CHACE CRAWFORD [Nate Archibald]: Chace Crawford stars as Nate Archibald in The CW's hit drama "Gossip Girl," from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), based on the tremendously popular book series about privileged teenagers in New York City.
He most recently starred in Bruce Beresford's film, "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding", opposite Catherine Keener, Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Olsen. The movie follows a Gotham lawyer (Keener), who retreats to the farmhouse owned by her hippie mother (Fonda) after her husband asks for a divorce. Crawford plays an anti-war butcher who captures the romantic interest of the daughter of Keener's character. The movie is produced by BCDF Pictures' Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, Lauren Munsch and Jonathan Burkhart and was released by IFC Films on June 8, 2012.
Crawford also recently starred in the Lionsgate film, "What to Expect When You're Expecting," which is based on the book of the same name, directed by Kirk Jones. The film also stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid among others. Crawford plays a food truck chef who is faced with unexpected fatherhood. The film was released on May 18, 2012.
In 2010, Crawford starred in Joel Schumacher's "Twelve", based on the novel by Nick McDowell. He portrays young drug dealer White Mike, whose high-rolling life is dismantled after his cousin is murdered, and his best friend is arrested for the crime. The film co-stars Emma Roberts, 50 Cent and Ellen Barkin and was shot in New York.
Crawford grew up in Plano, Texas. He moved to Los Angeles to attend Pepperdine University. His first big break came when he landed the role of Tyler Simms in "The Covenant."
Currently, Crawford splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
ED WESTWICK [Chuck Bass]: Ed Westwick stars as Chuck Bass in The CW's hit drama "Gossip Girl," from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), based on the tremendously popular book series about privileged teenagers in New York City.
Westwick will next be seen in "Romeo and Juliet" to be directed by Carlo Carlei and written by Julian Fellowes. Westwick will star opposite Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and Paul Giamatti.
He was seen in last year's "J. Edgar" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio for iconic director Clint Eastwood. He was also seen in the UK feature "Chalet Girl" opposite Bill Nighy and Felicity Jones for director Phil Traill.
Westwick had a guest star role on "Californication" as Balt, a vampire-obsessed student of Hank's, played by David Duchovny.
He was also seen in "Son of Rambow," an independent film directed by Garth Jennings. Westwick played Lawrence, a bully and surrogate father figure to his devoted younger brother. "Son of Rambow," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, caused quite a buzz at the festival, selling to Paramount Vantage for the highest amount at the festival.
Westwick was awarded the Young Hollywood Breakthrough Award at the 2009 Young Hollywood Awards. An emerging young British actor trained at The National Youth Theatre in London, Westwick has been seen in "100 Feet" starring Famke Janssen and Bobby Cannavale and "S. Darko" a sequel to the hit movie "Donnie Darko". He also played the role of Alex in Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men," opposite Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. Westwick was also seen playing the role of Zoran in Anthony Mighella's "Breaking and Entering," opposite Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn.
Additional credits include guest leads in "Afterlife" for ITV1, "Casualty" for the BBC, "Doctors" for the BBC and "Dream Team" for Sky One. When not filming "Gossip Girl" in New York City, Westwick resides outside London.