Long time ago! I’m so sorry for the lack of updates on Leighton and Ed! I’ve been super busy with school and work. Just couldn’t find the time. I’m gonna start fresh in the new year with Chuckandblair.org and you can find all the missing updates here! Hope to see you back soon!
“What I love about Biotherm is it’s always evolving and changing and becoming more modern,” stated the 27-year-old, whose breakout role was Blair Waldorf in “Gossip Girl.”
“Leighton Meester is a contemporary icon, a young star whose natural talent, energy and beauty have made her the face of a generation,” said Patrick Kullenberg, general manager of Biotherm International.
Meester will first appear in the brand’s campaigns for face-care products, including Aquasource, starting early in 2014.
She has been in movies such as “Country Strong,” “That’s My Boy,” “Monte Carlo” and “The Oranges,” and is also a singer and songwriter. Her upcoming film projects include “The Judge,” “Life Partners” and “Like Sunday, Like Rain.”
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Ed appeared on the Talk last Friday! I’ve been away for the weekend so that’s why it’s just up here now!
We all remember Ed Westwick’s portrayal of bad boy Chuck Bass. Now the sexy Brit is on the big screen, playing Romeo’s rival Tybalt in the latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. We sat down to with Ed to see if he plans to return to TV any time soon.
Actor Ed Westwick seems like the perfect choice for the role of Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin and family drama instigator. But we wanted to know if he would have prefered to play Romeo. His answer? “Honestly, no.”
It’s surprising that he’d choose the fighter over the lover, but Westwick told us, “I’ve always admired Tybalt. To give you some background, I first came across this project around three years ago and I said to my representation, I have to play this part! Please help me get this part. And, fortunately, I had the opportunity.”
We asked him about his favorite part of making the film. “Absolutely everything,” said Westwick. “To deal with a piece of work that was adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), we all know he’s an absolute genius.”
Westwick said he also really enjoyed filming in Italy, “To be in the palazzos and be surrounded by pieces of history and working with a cast and crew who were lovely — it was inspiring.” Wow, it does sound wonderful.
While one of the movie’s themes deals with forbidden love, this Filthy Youth rocker says he doesn’t take a lot of risks when it comes to matters of the heart.
“Unfortunately,” said Westwick, “I safeguard myself a bit more than Romeo and Juliet. They fall head over heels at first sight, so I haven’t experienced anything like that, I’m afraid.”
Because many of us remember the Baz Luhrmann version of R&J, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, we asked him what he thought will make this new version of the classic romantic-tragedy exciting for audiences. Westwick made it clear that this script doesn’t stick to Shakespeare’s often dense iambic pentameter. The dialogue has been freshened up to make it easier to understand.
“It’s an adaptation that will, I think, open up the language and the story while conveying the true essence of the original work,” said Westwick. “Through doing the adaptation, we achieve something that really makes it attractive to every audience. It makes it a little more accessible.”
On working with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Westwick told us that during the first bonding session with the cast, they all went out for dinner and drinks, “And I couldn’t help myself but tell him how much of a fan I am of Homeland. He’s amazing and inspiring. For me, he steals the show when he’s in the bedroom telling Juliet she will marry Paris. Damian’s brilliant in that.”
We told Westwick how much we missed seeing him on TV every week and we asked if he’d ever return to the small screen. “I never say no,” he told us. He added, “There’s a lot of fantastic work coming out on television right now. And, obviously, anybody would be lucky to be involved in some of these productions, but for now, I’m enjoying trying to work on films, experiencing new characters and new environments and that’s what I’d like to do right now.” He did, however, admit he had a fantastic time working on Gossip Girl.
Romeo and Juliet opens Friday, Oct. 11.
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Ed Westwick plays Tybalt in Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’s upcoming Romeo and Juliet, which holds fast to the time period and romanticism of the Shakespeare classic. We caught up with the actor to talk about tackling The Bard’s beloved play and the film’s wise-beyond-her-years Juliet, Hailee Steinfeld. Westwick also reflected on why he left NYC in his rearview after Gossip Girl came to a close and how he’s working to transcend Chuck Bass in the next chapter of his career. Romeo and Juliet hits theaters on Oct. 11.
POPSUGAR: Tybalt has always seemed to me to be maybe the most interesting character in Romeo and Juliet. What attracted you to this specific role?
Ed Westwick: Well, first of all, we share something there, because I agree. I was always intrigued with the character ever since I was young, and when I heard the project was coming around, I thought, ‘I have to do this. I have to give it my governance.’ So that was it. I wanted to go on my own journey with the character but try to be something different.
PS: There’s sword fighting required for this part, of course, so that had to have been a fun element to pursue. Did you have any related experience beforehand?
EW: No, I didn’t. We worked with [an expert] in Italy — he was brilliant — and that sort of scene choreography, it was so much fun. I really enjoyed watching it in the film. I think it came off really well.
PS: What has life after Gossip Girl given you in terms of freedom to pursue different things in your life and your career? A TV show schedule is so grueling.
EW: Yeah, I mean especially with the character that I played. I suppose for a lot of people, they think of me being that role, and I think one of the challenges is to show people I’m not a one-trick pony. I’m an actor, and that was one character that I designed, and what I want to do now is expand on that and be involved in different projects that I’m passionate about and that I can be inspired by and work with people who are inspiring in themselves. Just enjoy the different things that are out there, hopefully.
PS: And have you stayed in New York, or did you decide to leave once that chapter was done?
EW: I decided to leave. I felt like I experienced New York in a very specific way, and I was ready for a fresh break and a change elsewhere.
PS: Julian Fellowes told me he wanted to make this version classical, because other takes on this story for our generation all seemed to take place in a “skating rink or underground garage.” I assume in some ways he was referring to the Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio film; do you have memories of seeing that at a young age?
EW: Of course. It’s an iconic version, that one, you know? Very, very unique. The one thing I take from it is The Cardigans’ song “Lovefool” — that was a great touch. I love that version, and of course our version goes way back to the traditional version. They’re two very different things, but the important thing to remember here, and the important thing, I feel, is that every generation deserves to hear this story. I think we’re delivering one that everyone can enjoy.