It's hard not to get antsy when you're waiting for Leighton Meester to show up.
After all, on Gossip Girl, she plays Manhattan-socialite-in-training Blair Waldorf, who's so convincingly evil, scheming, and selfish, you'd have to think that she pours a lot of herself into the character.
Three days later, my manager calls to tell me that I'd been with the show's ecutive producer and one of the creators and they want me to audition." Less than a week after that, Jessica was on her way to New York. Of course, she was originally booked for only a three-episode stint; three seasons later, she's still around.
Her character, Vanessa, who at first "had only Dan Humphrey as a friend," has become an integral part of the show, romancing Nate, scheming against Blair, and, yes, engaging in a controversy-baiting (if mostly off-camera) three-way.
But that's not to say she's always a homebody — cast members often go out together, and Leighton's been written up in New York gossip columns for "downing tequila shots" and making out with abandon at nightclubs.
"The evil side of Blair is somewhere in me," she muses, "but acting her out is like therapy.
When they do, the actress usually responds with a friendly, "I get that." (Slightly tougher to take are the clueless types who say she resembles a certain TV star—only "cuter." Because, really, she wonders, "what is that supposed to mean?
") A little confusion, though, is understandable: When the 24-year-old turns up for her interview at a très chic West Village gastro-pub, she's swaddled in sweaters.
Who went on to provide the voice for Anna in Disney's hit WATCH: Gossip Girl - Then and Now The two actresses appear to be auditioning for a film adaptation of Dan's novel. So Vanessa actually appears in Carrie Bradshaw's '80s kitchen.
Instead, the Wisconsin-raised former child model is truly refreshingly real.
Take, for example, the story of how she snagged her breakthrough role on : "Two of my friends in L. invited me to this Labor Day barbecue, but I really just wanted to stay on the couch with my French bulldog," she says. "I remember hanging out by the pool in an old T-shirt and jean shorts, just talking to people.
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Better than being named after an actual pen, we guess. In her novels, Vanessa only wears black and is completely bald. Her white and gold dress is by Georges Chakra Couture. Serena's is Serena Celia van der Woodsen (the ' Celia' is after her grandma, Ce Ce).