Former co-stars Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford have reunited via Zoom for Variety's Actors on Actors series, during which they discussed their new projects – You for Badgley, of course, and The Boys for Crawford.
But with nostalgia hanging in the air, the pair couldn't resist revisiting their days on the hit show which launched their careers, along with that of their co-stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and more.
While on the show, their characters Nate and Dan were never the best of friends, or the most alike, but Gossip Girl fans will be pleased to know that they were close off set with the pair laughing and reflecting on their time as stars of the Upper East Side.
Here are the juiciest facts about the show that the pair reflected on in their discussion - and, if you've been under a rock for the past 13 years, there are spoilers for the series below:
On whether they have watched Gossip Girl recently:
For Crawford, it's a big old 'no':
'Buddy, you have to strap me to a gurney and pop my eyes open like Clockwork Orange. But no, it would be interesting to see the first couple maybe.'
Badgley agreed that it is very awkward to watch yourself in your early 20s, but revealed he did re-watch the show a few years ago with his wife [Domino Kirke - who is currently pregnant with the couple's first child together] when they first started dating.
'She had never seen it, and that’s the last time I can remember seeing an episode,' the You star shared. 'I remember even then, it has nothing to do with the show, but it was very hard to watch. These snapshots of yourself when you’re 20, 21, 22 years old. Who can enjoy that? Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable.'
But they agreed that perhaps they should watch one together...
A great idea then came from Badgley when he suggested the pair could reunite, drink and live-tweet their reactions: 'A little watching party. Dude, if we live-tweet a viewing of any episode of Gossip Girl, people would love that.'
Crawford agreed for the 'nostalgic value' but said he would have to drink first, which is fair.
On the privileged lives of the Gossip Girl elite and whether viewing choices have moved on:
'Back in 2007 – I mean, dude. That’s a long time ago when we were just boys,' laughed Badgley. 'People wanted to watch a show like Gossip Girl because it was aspirational. It was like an escape. It seemed like it struck a certain cultural chord because it was this aspirational fantastical vision of excess and wealth.'
Badgley said (not for the first time) that he thinks times have progressed and that people are less interested into gaining a glimpse into lives of socialites and heirs to family fortunes but more interested in the dynamic power systems and how to dismantle them.
'The curtain has sort of dropped,' agreed Crawford. 'Back in '07, Gossip Girl was edgy.'
On the continued controversy about Dan being Gossip Girl:
Crawford noted that Badgley's character Joe in You is like 'an odd continuation of Dan' which led them to discuss the uncovering in the final show's episode that Dan was Gossip Girl all along - something that remains to be hotly contested among fans.
And it appears that neither Crawford nor Badgley were convinced either:
'At the end of Gossip Girl the show, whatever your reaction is on whether it was smart to do that or not, that he’s Gossip Girl — it didn’t really line up with the character of Dan. Right?' said Crawford.
Badgley himself also remarked: 'I ended up being Gossip Girl — even though we can debate about whether or not that makes sense.'
The jury's still out, it seems.
On Blake Lively buying Penn Badgley an iPhone:
Discussing how the show pre-dated a lot of tech and social media, Crawford said he remembered that Badgley was one of the few cast members who had an iPhone.
'Blake got me that,' he responded. 'I literally was like, “I don’t want this thing. It’s so cumbersome, and it has all these apps on it."'
Badgley and Lively famously dated IRL during their time on the show, from 2007 to 2010.
On the reboot:
The pair reminisced on their experience of luxury New York while filming the series with Badgley divulging that at a regular restaurant he and Lively would go to eat he suggested they rename the menu's grilled cheese sandwich 'The Gossip Grill' which they did... straight away.
'The new kids won't get that treatment,' Crawford joked about the new cast on the HBO Max reboot.
'Dude, I’m so interested to see what it’s like,' said Badgley. 'I wish them well. I really am also interested to see how people react to it.'
We can't wait.
In the meantime, more Gossip Girl throwbacks from the original cast please?
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