Kelly Rutherford & Caroline Lagerfelt see Leighton in Of Mice and Men

Gossip Girl co-stars Kelly Rutherford (Lily) and Caroline Lagerfelt (CeCe) saw Leighton’s performance in Of Mice and Men last Sunday! Love how they all support each other after Gossip Girl! Here are some instagram photos from Kelly and Caroline’s account!

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Leighton Meester Makes Her Broadway Debut

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The Bill: Leighton Meester joins James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival of John Steinbeck’s 1937 play Of Mice and Men as a farmer’s pretty wife who causes trouble for two inseparable farmhands.

Star Quality: Meester spent six seasons playing the impeccably styled Upper East Side “Queen B” Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl and has starred in films like Country Strong, plus The Oranges and last month’s Life Partners with husband Adam Brody.

Stage Experience: None.

On being the only girl in an all-male cast… “There’s a ton of women backstage, so it’s balanced. And onstage, the thing about working with actors is that even though they’re supposed to be hard, tough, dirt-caked ranch men, they’re actors so they’re very sensitive, very in touch, and they’re all very musical — there’s a lot of singing and playing instruments backstage.”

On deciding to make her stage debut… “I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I barely had to think about it. They called me and said they were thinking about putting Of Mice and Men on Broadway, which was automatically awesome, but then it was with Anna D. Shapiro, great, James Franco, awesome, Chris O’Dowd, brilliant, so it was really a no-brainer. I’m surprised how much I’m still learning and how much I love it. I’ve actually never felt so full and whole and rewarded from anything, ever.”

On growing up after Gossip Girl… “It’s been almost two years since the show ended and I’m forever grateful for it, but I’m an autonomous, different person and now I am discovering who I am as a woman and as a person, as a wife — all of which is meaningful within the play.”

Source: Paper Magazine

‘I wish her all the best!’ Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick congratulates on-screen love interest Leighton Meester on her marriage

On screen Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester endured a six-year roller coaster relationship on the hit CW show Gossip Girls as Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass.

But in real life Westwick formally congratulated his former on-screen flame’s real life engagement through a text message.

Together, the duo portrayed a match made in television heaven as the on-again, off-again couple Chuck (Westwick) and Blair (Meester), the villains fans loved to hate.

And while their romance never simmered off screen, Meester ended up coupling up with actor Adam Brody of The O.C when they met on the set of the 2011 film, The Oranges.

The couple became engaged in November 2013 and were officiated in a secret, private ceremony in February, sources revealed to Us Magazine.

Fans of the Chuck and Blair courtship needn’t worry, as Westwick revealed he holds nothing but the best intentions for his former co-star, the publication reported.

‘It’s not my life. I love her. I think she’s fantastic, and she’s a good friend of mine. And whatever she does I wish her all the best,’ the Gossip Girl alum shared with Us.

Both actors were romantically linked to fellow Gossip Girls cast mates at some time or another during the course of the series run.

Meester was at one point romantically linked to cast mate Sebastian Stan, while Westwick was on-again, off-again with co-star Jessica Szohr.

MSN Wonderwall confirmed both Meester and Brody were engaged after less than a year of dating, and celebrated the proposal with family at an engagement party in November.

This is the first marriage for both Meester and Brody.

Westwick is currently filming Kitchen Sink, a horror comedy that follows three teenagers who are tasked with ending a zombie vs. humans warfare.

Meester will be making her Broadway debut alongside James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the stage version of the novel Of Mice And Men on April 16 in New York City.

Source: Daily Mail

Ed Westwick on ‘hazy’ parties

Ed Westwick had some “wild” get-togethers with Chace Crawford when they lived together.

Both handsome actors starred in Gossip Girl, which finished with its sixth season last year.

When the show first started the boys lived together, which made for a great excuse to have people over.

“Yes, in the first year we had an apartment in New York, with a lot of wild parties, of course – mostly too hazy to remember,” he grinned to the British edition of InStyle.

Gossip Girl started in 2007 and also starred Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen and Blake Lively.

Ed, 26, misses the good times he shared with his co-stars.

“[I miss] the cast and crew,” he admitted.

“Filming every day for nine months a year, for six years, you form close bonds with people very quickly.”

Luckily the British star has been managing to keep himself busy.

He stars as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, which also features Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the title characters.

“I desperately wanted to be involved,” Ed gushed.

“I’ve always found Tybalt intriguing, and it came together with such a great cast – what’s not to love?”

He also has plenty of other projects in the pipeline for 2014.

“I have a ridiculous and hilarious film called Kitchen Sink,” he grinned.

“I don’t know how you’d describe it… a Halloween comedy? It’s about humans, zombies and vampires who coexist but are attacked by aliens. Vanessa Hudgens is in it, who is an absolute sweetheart. I’ve also decided I’m going to start playing the saxophone this year. I’ve been listening to George Michael’s Careless Whisper a lot.”

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Ed Westwick Talks Life After ‘Gossip Girl:’ Transition Into Movies and L.A. Living, ‘London Still Has My Heart’

Former “Gossip Girl” actor Ed Westwick has revealed what life is like after the hit CW series.

The 26-year-old actor opened up about his career, giving a preview of things to come while spilling details about L.A. living in a recent interview with Refinery29.

The Hollywood hottie first dished about his working experience on the show that made him famous.

“At the moment, you know I did six years on ‘Gossip Girl’ and it was an amazing experience. It was my first time working on an American TV show,” he said. “And, right now, I’m enjoying the idea of exploring film and going from character to character. But, I’d also like to say that American television is really, really coming into its own.”

The heartthrob went on to say that he thinks American television is “superb.”

Regarding his favorite TV shows, the Brit revealed that he is a fan like any other.

“One of the funny things is that when I first met Damian Lewis, when we were doing “Romeo and Juliet,” I adopted the fan mode and told Damian that I’m a huge fan – then I kind of felt like a bit of an idiot. But, no, I’m a huge fan of “Homeland” – unfortunately I haven’t seen the season premiere, so don’t spoil it for me.”

He also added that “Boardwalk Empire” and “Eastbound and Down” are top favorites.

Westwick went on to discuss his life in L.A., adding that he is still adjusting.

“…I mean, I’m still getting to know it. You know I came here in January, and I was only here for a few months,” he explained. “I spent the summer in the UK, but recently came back, and am enjoying being part of the buzz here. I don’t think it’s going to be me forever. London still has my heart, it’s where my family is. One day I will make the pilgrimage home.”

Source: Fashion and Style

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.
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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

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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