'Gossip Girl': Where are Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and cast of the original show now?

'Gossip Girl': Where are Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and cast of the original show now?
The original cast of 'Gossip Girl' starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick, and Chace Crawford amongst others (Instagram@gossipgirll)

With the reboot of 'Gossip Girl' now hitting screens, it's not surprising that a whole wave of nostalgia has hit fans and left them wondering just how the original gang of 'Gossip Girl' is doing.

The 'Gossip Girl' reboot is set in real-time, about twelve years after Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) left the hallowed halls of Constance Billard and St Jude's. And while we'd love to see what the characters are up to in real life as adults, for now, we'll have to settle with what the actors who played them in the original 'Gossip Girl' are doing. 



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The original 'Gossip Girl' gets a reboot which starts streaming on HBO Max on July 8 (Instagram@gossipgirll)



Blake Lively

Blake Lively who played the stunning Serena van der Woodsen has perhaps had the most high profile career post 'Gossip Girl' with her roles in films such as 'The Age of Adaline', 'The Shallows', 'A Simple Favour', and 'The Rhythm Section'. Besides her successful professional life, Blake Lively is one-half of the couple that sets goals for the rest of us. She and her husband Ryan Reynolds are proud parents to three children six-year-old James, four-year-old Inez, and their youngest Betty who is a little under two years old. 


Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)


Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester, who played the dramatic Blair Waldorf, has gone onto find success in comedy with the ABC comedy series 'Single Parents'. In real life, however, Leighton Meester has plenty of help in the parenting department from husband actor Adam Brody who is best known for his role on the show 'The O.C.'. The couple has two children a son and a daughter. 


Adam Brody and Leighton Meester (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)


Penn Badgley 

Penn Badgley, who played Dan Humphrey, Serena's love interest on the show, and Blake Lively's one-time boyfriend off-screen, has been seen most recently in the Netflix psychological thriller 'You'. Badgley is married to Domino Kirke, who is the sister of 'Girls' star Jemima Kirke. Badgley and his wife recently welcomed their first child together in 2020. 


Penn Badgley starred as Dan Humphrey in the original 'Gossip Girl' (IMDB)



Ed Westwick

While the rest of the cast found happiness both personally and professionally after 'Gossip Girl' actor Ed Westwick who played Chuck Bass on the show, has found himself with a career that hasn't quite taken off post the show and more disturbingly he has been at the center of several sexual assault allegations. Professionally post 'Gossip Girl' Westwick starred in 2013's 'Romeo and Juliet' and then starred in the short-lived drama 'Wicked City' as well as the British TV series 'White Gold'. In 2017 however, the actor found himself embroiled in controversy when the Los Angeles Police Department began an investigation began into several sexual assault allegations that were made against Westwick. However, in July 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney decided to not prosecute Westwick due to insufficient evidence.


 Ed Westwick starred in the original 'Gossip Girl' as Chuck Bass (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)



Chace Crawford

Post the show's end in 2012, Chace Crawford who played Nate Archibald on 'Gossip Girl' has kept himself busy with roles on shows such as ABC's 'Blood and Oil'. He has also starred in films such as 'Eloise' and 'All About Nina'. Of late he has been seen in the Amazon original series 'The Boys'. 


Chace Crawford starred as Nate Archibald on the original 'Gossip Girl' (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)



Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen played Jenny Humphrey and was just fourteen years old when she was on 'Gossip Girl'. Taylor however even before the show ended in 2012 realized that her passion lay elsewhere and she quit in 2010 to pursue music. Taylor's band 'The Pretty Reckless' which she formed when she was just seventeen, went onto release four studio albums. Momsen in later interviews said that quitting the show made her happy because she could finally follow her true passion. 


Taylor Momsen starred in the original 'Gossip Girl'(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


Jessica Szohr

Szohr broke into showbusiness with her role as Vanessa Abrams on 'Gossip Girl'. Post the show's end she has gone onto star in films like 'The Internship', 'Ted 2' and 'Two Night Stand'. She has also been a part of shows such as 'Kingdom', 'Shameless' and 'The Orville'. 


Jessica Szohr starred in the original 'Gossip Girl' as Vanessa Abrams (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)



Now that we have told you what the main cast members of the original 'Gossip Girl' are up to, get set to meet a whole new cast of fresh new faces on the 'Gossip Girl' reboot which started streaming on HBO Max on July 8.


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