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Is Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick returning to TV? This Romeo and Juliet Star has other plans

 

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.
Ed Westwick

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.

Source: She Knows

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Ed Westwick on Life After Gossip Girl and Taking On Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet

 

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.

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Ed & Leighton in Bangkok – January 11th, 2013

 

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And we’re back! — Some more episode stills from 6×10 New York I Love You XOXO

 

Took a bit of a time off, but am back to update again! Hope you like the updates!

Gallery Link:
Gossip Girl > Promotional Images > Season 6 > 6×10 New York I Love You XOXO

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Twitter Pics from Kelly

 

Kelly posted two photos on twitter of Ed & Leighton on the set as Chuck and Blair.

#Happilyeverafter @KellyRutherford

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Gallery Link:
Gossip Girl > Behind the Scenes > 2012 > Twitter Pictures Season 6

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6×10 New York, I Love You XOXO Episode Captures

 

And here are the captures of Gossip Girl for one last time. Weird to know I’m not gonna make Gossip Girl captures every Tuesday ever again. I hope you enjoyed the episode and it was everything you wished for! Check out the Chairytale Ending of Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf in the captures of Gossip Girl’s Series Finale 6×10 New York, I Love You, XOXO!

Gallery Link:
Gossip Girl > Episode Captures > Season 6 > 6×10: New York, I Love You XOXO

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Gossip Girl Finale: ? Was Almost Revealed in Episode 1—and More Surprises You Didn’t Know!

 

ChuckBlairWe just got off the phone with executive producer Stephanie Savage to ask our lingering questions about last night’s series finale of Gossip Girl. So if you are a fan, we highly recommend you read the following Q&A, which also reveals why Lily didn’t end up with Rufus, and where Vanessa is now…

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Gossip Girl Series Finale: EP Stephanie Savage Answers All Your Burning Questions!

 

New York, I Love You XOXOGot questions about Monday’s twisty, super-fun, cameo-packed Gossip Girl series finale? Well, we’ve got answers — straight from exec producer Stephanie Savage herself.

I put the interview behind the tag for people who haven’t seen the episode yet, so it’s spoilerfree!! Really good interview though!

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Goodbye Gossip Girl

 

You all know that tonight will be the very last episode ever of Gossip Girl. Be sure not to miss this!

Have all fun watching the episode! I really hope we get our Chairytale ending and everything we ever wanted for Chuck and Blair!.

Here the press release again with information about the episode and the retrospective part of tonight!

6×10 New York I Love You XOXO – Series Finale
December 17, 2012 – 8/7 c on the CW

Two Hour Series Finale

GOSSIP GIRL IDENTITY REVEALED IN SERIES FINALE — The Series Finale begins with the stars and executive producers bidding farewell to the Upper East Side in a look back at the show’s many unforgettable moments. Then, in a fashionable farewell to remember, our favorite Upper East Siders join forces for one last soiree, and the shocking identity of Gossip Girl is finally revealed. Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford, Kaylee DeFer, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle star. Mark Piznarski directed the episode written by Stephanie Savage.

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‘Chairytale Ending’ – Tweet tonight during the Series Finale!

 

Chairytale Ending

The Road to Goodbye!

“Chairytale Ending”

CHAIRleaders we are coming to the end of the journey! This Monday, December 17th, join with @savechuckblair to celebrate our amazing couple and their epic love story one more time! At 7PM EST (12AM GMT) we are trending “CHAIRYTALE ENDING”.

Then, watch SERIES FINALE “New York I Love You, XoXo” and live-tweet the episode with us which will start at 8PM EST (1AM GMT) with the RETROSPECTIVE part and at 9PM EST (2AM GMT) with the FINALE EPISODE. @savechuckblair will provide a streaming link for those who need it.

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Gossip Girl Co-Creator on the “Emotional” End and the Big Reveal That Almost Didn’t Happen

 

For six seasons, anonymous blogger Gossip Girl has been able to uncover pretty much any secret and sordid scandal about S, B, Lonely Boy and the rest of the Upper East Side. It’s ironic, considering what the series producers had to do to keep the identity of the unapologetically nosy snitch under wraps until Monday’s Gossip Girl series finale (8/7c on The CW).

“It’s been very nerve-wracking for me to try to keep it a secret,” co-creator and executive producer Stephanie Savage tells TVGuide.com of the many precautions taken to keep the name concealed. “But I’m excited for people to find out. The cast and crew were definitely excited when they found out so I’m hoping our fans have the same reaction.”

The show’s crew went to these great lengths to protect a secret that almost even didn’t make it into the finale at all. “We always had an idea in our minds of who Gossip Girl was, which we needed to be able to tell our stories, but we were never sure if we were going to reveal that,” Savage says. “We weren’t sure that that was something that the audience would want to know. Maybe they would like the idea of not knowing who Gossip Girl was.”

However, it was a Season 5 story line — in which Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) and later, Serena (Blake Lively) filled in for Gossip Girl — that changed producers’ minds. “Last year we did so much storytelling with Gossip Girl in the character that it felt like this year we needed to reveal her true self,” she says.

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Gossip Girl Series Finale: See the Very Last Scene Ever Shot!

 

GOSSIP GIRLNote to anyone who (like us) thought Penn Badgley cut off his hair after he wrapped production on Gossip Girl: His buzz cut will make a very special appearance in the series finale!

We’ve scored an exclusive first look at a critical scene from Monday’s very last
episode—in which we see a short-haired Dan Humphrey (Badgley) meeting up with a retro-scarfed Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick).

Gossip Girl showrunner Stephanie Savage confirms it’s a flashback, and also the very last scene that the show’s mains stars ever shot.

“It was actually really awesome,” Savage reveals. “I had the idea for the flashback, but the only way I felt it would remotely work is if Dan had his first-episode hair or else it’s hard to sell it as a flashback. But how hard would it be to sell Penn on cutting his hair? I was telling this to our costume designer and he said, ‘Just the other day Penn said when the show was over, he wants to cut all his hair off.’ I said I would do whatever humanly possible to make sure that was his last scene. It ended up not only being his last scene but Blake [Lively], Leighton [Meester], Chace [Crawford] and Ed’s last scenes, too. They all stuck around for each other’s coverage, we brought out a cake, it was really a great last moment for all of them. It was the perfect way to wrap them off.”

Stand by for more scoop from Stephanie about Monday’s series finale, in which Gossip Girl’s true identity will be revealed. Will you be watching?

Source: EOnline!

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