Blake Lively was born into a Hollywood family. Her mother is an acting coach and talent manager and her father is an acting teacher. So now we know why her tears over Dan Humphrey... and Nate... and Carter... and Tripp ...seemed so realistic.
When Leighton Meester was born, her mother was serving a jail sentence for her participation in a marijuana-smuggling ring. No, that is not a Gossip Girl storyline, it is real life. She was raised by her grandparents and made her TV debut in Law & Order. Since Gossip Girl she's done several movies and she is now starring in the TV show Making History.
Chuck Bass was everyone's favorite bad boy. He went from creepy to hot/creepy to just totally hot in only a few seasons. Since the end of the show, Ed Westwick has gone on to star in other TV shows like Wicked City, White Gold and Snatch.
Is it any surprise to you that before Chace Crawford booked Gossip Girl he was an Abercrombie model? Since the show, Crawford has booked a few movies and TV shows and just wrapped on the movie What's The Point?
Dan Humphrey was the brooding writer you didn't know if you should love or hate. Well, Serena loved him and so did Blake Lively and the two dated for the first few seasons of the show. I wonder what that breakup was like. Penn Badgley has been a professional actor since he was a small child and was in Will & Grace, The Young and the Restless and the movie Margin Call just to name a few.
Taylor Momsen went from Cindy Lou Who to Jenny Humphrey to rocker chick all grown up in just a matter of years. Since the ending of Gossip Girl, she has no new movie or TV credits under her belt. I guess she is super busy with her band The Pretty Reckless.
Her days as Georgina Sparks may be over, but her acting career is not! Michelle Trachtenberg has bounced from TV show to TV movie and back again since her days on the WB. It looks like Harriet the Spy is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Vanessa Abrams was the Brooklyn hipster that just wanted Dan to love her. While she didn't win the guy in the end, Jessica Szohr is killing it in the acting department. The Internship, Ted 2, Complications, Kingdom and Twin Peaks have kept her very busy these last few years.
Right after Gossip Girl wrapped, Connor Paolo booked Revenge and worked as a series regular for 44 episodes. More recently he booked the Rush Hour TV series and just wrapped on the new TV series Business Doing Pleasure. He can work all he wants, but he will still be Eric van der Woodson to us.
She booked small parts in several TV shows before Kaylee DerFer booked Ivy Dickens in Gossip Girl. She came in and put the gossip in Gossip Girl for 39 episodes. After the show ended she did a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother and starred in the video Darkroom.
She was Blair's voice of reason and there would be no Gossip Girl without Dorota. Zuzanna Szadkowski's character was such a fan favorite that while the show was still running, she created the spinoff series Chasing Dorota. Since the end of the show, she starred in a few episodes of Girls and The Knick.
She made her big break in Melrose Place and then Gossip Girl put Kelly Rutherford back on the map! Lily van der Woodsen had her fair share of drama going on in the show, but Rutherford was also going through her own battle offscreen in a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband. After years of fighting, it looks like she finally got custody of her children.
Rufus Humphrey was the hottest dad around and his love affair with Lily was even hotter. Matthew Settle made his big break in the TV show Band Of Brothers in 2006. Since Gossip Girl ended he did an episode of Criminal Minds and starred in the movies Marshall's Miracle, The Faith of Anna Waters and Valentine. He is still looking mighty fine!