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Penn Badgley Talks Tattoos ‘N Tennis — Exclusive Interview

Gossip Girl hunk Penn Badgley rubs shoulders with Brooke Shields and Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton at the exclusive opening of the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 on Thursday (September 17) in New York City.

The 22-year-old Gossip Girl hunk gave an exclusive interview after British singing sensation Mr Hudson’s smashing performance.

JJ: Hi, Penn! How have you been?

PB: I’m great – I can’t complain. You’re always done up more than the rest of the people here! This jacket is very nice – what is this? (tugs at jacket zipper) Zara! It looks even nicer than that, though.

JJ: Thank you! What’d you think of Mr Hudson’s performance?

PB: He’s great – I’d never even seen or heard of him before and it was nice – it was simple, pleasant music.

JJ: How was the US Open [with girlfriend Blake Lively]?

PB: It was amazing – I loved it! I had never watched tennis in person and I’d grown up being aware of it and watching it but it was so much more exciting to see in person. [Roger] Federer with that between-the-legs shot – that was f—in’ incredible. That was really the highlight of my weekend – I was hoping for that kind of moment. At that point, I was expecting it. The game had reached a point where it was either going to end soon or it was going to go on for, like, two hours. So I was hoping, hoping, hoping that would happen. It was great.

JJ: Did you watch the finals?

PB: You know what, I was working and I wasn’t able to see them, so I heard just today that del Potro won! He is two years younger than me! I was looking through the US Open profile thing and he was born in ‘88. Amazing.

JJ: Where’s Blake — is she shooting Gossip Girl?

PB: She’s working tonight.

JJ: I want to talk to you guys together!

PB: I know! She’s the star of the show – what can I say?

JJ: How has Fashion Week been?

PB: I didn’t do anything except for tonight – I did [Tommy] Hilfiger’s show. It was great – a lot of fun. I sat next to Taylor Swift! I’d never met her before – she was very sweet.

JJ: How was the Anna Sui event? How are the clothes?

PB: They were for girls, mostly. The idea is that it’s a Gossip Girl line for cheaper. I support that.

JJ: Have you visited Blake on the set of The Town yet?

PB: I went up to Boston – she wasn’t shooting, but we went up for the Red Sox/Yankees game. And the rest of the time, I’ve been on location shooting. I know what the job entails, so I don’t want to be there distracting her. I like to spend my own time by myself so I give her that respect. In fact, a lot of the time, she wants me to come and I say, “No, I think you should take it.”

JJ: I heard she gets it on with Ben Affleck – are you going to be jealous?

PB: I’ll say this, because we don’t talk about this much, but in another relationship, I might be – but with her, she and I have such an unbelievable trust. So in this situation, no, I’m not remotely. It’s not that I’m an inconceivably jealous person, but in this particular relationship, no.

JJ: Do you have any tattoos?

PB: No, but there’s a design that I’ve had for about four years that I want to get, but it’s a little large and it’s kind of weird.

(Someone from the hotel interjects and asks me if I’m doing an interview. Clearly, I was. I had an audio recorder out this whole time and she asks who I’m interviewing for.)

PB: Just Jared! This is Just Jared here!!!

JJ: Who was that lady?

PB: I don’t know, I met her yesterday.

JJ: Back to your tattoo — what’s the design of?

PB: It’s weird. I’m sure everybody who reads this is going to be, like, “What the f*** is he thinking?” It’s a design that kind of goes up this way (he touches his rib cage underneath his right armpit). It’s weird and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get it.

JJ: Did you draw it yourself?

PB: Yes, because I draw. You know, the first thing I ever wanted to do was be a cartoonist, so yeah. Drawing has been a long passion of mine, so I designed it.

JJ: Have you watched any of the other CW shows yet, like Vampire Diaries?

PB: I saw a little bit of Vampire Diaries and I liked it – it looked sharp and I like the main guy, who I met and is a really nice guy. I actually just met Sara Paxton from The Beautiful Life. She’s a sweet girl. I haven’t seen many of the shows – it seems like they’re doing well, though.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Shopping: Weekend: Teen Vogue Haute Spot hosts ‘Gossip Girl’ stylist Eric Daman and more

Teen Vogue Haute Spot, South Coast Plaza’s kiosk for stylish teenagers, hosts more happenings this weekend in the Carousel Court.

At 4 p.m. today, Vans will present its Traveling Closet, in which a Teen Vogue stylist will happily rummage and offer back-to-school styling tips and tricks.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Mandy Robinson, Billabong’s design director, invites the public to view the brand’s latest collection. You can also customize a Billabong T-shirt at a special Haute Spot station. Australian singer Ashleigh Mannix is scheduled to perform.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Head “Gossip Girl” stylist Eric Daman will appear for a question-and-answer session and demonstrate styling tips on audience volunteers. Daman will also offer a behind-the-scenes peek at a special photo shoot.

At 4 p.m. Monday, DKNY-sponsored Model Mondays is again looking for the next Teen Vogue face. Get a makeover and strike a pose for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue.

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Meester terrifies cops with bloody face

The Gossip Girl star was dashing home after shooting new thriller The Roommate and had forgotten to wipe the fake goo off her face.

She says, “My character goes through a lot of problems… (and) I ended up with a lot of blood on my face… I looked like I had been in a cage fight.

“The police pulled me over… I might have been going a little fast… They were like, ‘How much have you had to drink?’ and when I said, ‘Nothing,’ they said, ‘Get out of the car’. They made me do the follow the finger and the whole thing and then they were like, ‘When does the movie come out?’

“I was just so out of it from the movie, I wasn’t drunk… I was in a weird state of mind, driving home and it was about three o’clock in the morning… I think they thought somebody had beaten me up.”

Joanna Garcia joins ‘Gossip Girl’ for Romeo & Juliet-type story

Though Joanna Garcia’s CW series “Privileged” was not picked up for a second year this season, the network is still in business with the star.

Garcia will join “Gossip Girl” in its season 3 premiere this evening, playing a Southern socialite who’s dating Nate (Chace Crawford)… something their families may not be so thrilled about though.

Read on for details…

So, “Gossip Girl”! Good stuff. You’ve been working on CW shows since the network began, but “GG” is sort of their flagship series. Given your long relationship with them, can we assume that you didn’t have to audition for this role?
JG: Yeah, you know, “Privileged” got canceled and I became available and I really admire [executive producers] Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, so it just sort of came together like that.

What can you say about the character you’re playing?
JG: Bree is a Southern heiress. She’s from Texas. She doesn’t really have a ton of Texas in her, except maybe the family loyalty thing. She’s very polished, well educated, she’s a grad student at Columbia and she and Nate meet on an airplane flying home from London. There’s an instant connection and this sort of “Romeo & Juliet” love story plays out.

Ahh, there will be family drama.
JG: Yes… They don’t know anything about each other’s families, they just meet on a plane and, you know, they feel this instant chemistry.

And if she’s a grad student, she’s a bit of an older woman for Nate, no?
JG: A little bit, yes.

Is that an issue or is it not a big deal?
JG: No, not really. I think that [my character is slightly older than Nate] because people knew me on “Privileged” as a certain age, so it was just sort of a direct translation of that.

It has been reported that Bree has an evil side. Is that accurate?
JG: No, it’s actually really not. I don’t know where that came from. We all kind of marveled at that [rumor when it was first started]. If there’s any controversy that’s associated with Bree, it has everything to do with her deep family ties and loyalties. But she’s not evil by any stretch of the imagination. At least not yet!

So far you are shooting just four episodes, yes?
JG: Yes.

Four consecutive episodes?
JG: No, it’s actually four episodes over the first five.

Cool. And is there an possibility of Bree returning after that?
JG: I think that on “Gossip Girl,” anything is possible. There’s always a chance, I guess. I would be happy to do more if they wanted me to.

Is this a character that the audience will like and want to root for?
JG: I hope so. I think the [Nate/Bree] love affair is a very special, little sweet thing and I hope that there’s a likability to Bree that will make people want to root for them. There is a strong connection between them and I think that’s very apparent in all the scenes that [Chace and I] shot together. But, you know, there’s definitely a lot of complications too, so hopefully that makes for interesting storytelling.

Of course most of your scenes are with Chace, but did you get the chance to work with the other cast members?
JG: I actually got to work with every single cast member. It was awesome. We had a lot of fun.

Can you tell us how Bree gets involved with the other characters?
JG: The relationship that Bree has with everyone is pretty much filtered through Nate. You know, she meets everyone because of Nate. But there is definitely some involvement with other characters, I’d probably get my butt kicked if I told you how though.

Cat fight with Blair?
JG: Actually… no. But that’s all I’m saying!

Can you say anything about how Chace rates as a kisser?
JG: [Laughs] You’re the first person to ask me that! No, I’ve told everyone the same thing: Kissing Chace is everything you’d imagine it to be and more. But he’s not paying me to say that.

His publicist is following you around.
JG: [Laughs] We have the same publicist!

Ha! Okay, last thing, I have to ask you about “Privileged” and its premature cancelation.
JG: Yeah, it came as a surprise. We definitely thought that we were coming back for another year. But, you know, the network is much bigger than one show and I think, creatively, they have a lineup this year that is a little more streamlined, that has the same feel and tone to it and “Privileged” didn’t fit in that [formula]. And, ultimately, everything happens for a reason. I’ve been in this business long enough to believe that. “Privileged,” without a doubt, was one of the best work experiences of my life. Every crew member cried when we got canceled. But I was then given the opportunity to be in New York and on “Gossip Girl” and spend the summer in a city that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. So many things have happened in my life here that I’ll forever be grateful for. So I figure, what’s meant to be is meant to be.

If Blair Waldorf Actually Went to NYU There’s No Way She’d Eat at Downstein

121bdec14532de7c_blair_waldorfGoodbye Central Park, hello Washington Square! This season’s Gossip Girl, which premieres tonight, is sure to be both a tongue-in-cheek homage to and indictment of our lovely university. After fucking up her chances of getting into Yale (after a series of so many mishaps I can no longer even recall them), mean queen Blair Waldorf will be attending NYU, which was probably her last choice after Brown (Ew, hippies).

As we approach tonight’s season 3 opener, we wondered what it would be like if Blair actually attended NYU. Below you can find a few of our best guesses, but we’ll just have to wait and see how accurately the show’s portrayal will be. (Considering how ‘accurately’ they portray life in NYC, it will probably not be accurate at all.) After the jump: where would Blair eat, shop, live and more if she were really an NYU student?


If Blair had to choose a freshman dorm, I’m sure she’d pick the illustrious Hayden, and probably nab one of those corner bedrooms I was always jealous of. Too bad Gramercy isn’t for freshman, because that’s certainly the dorm she’d be most comfortable in, as it not only features the most amenities, but is also the farthest north and therefore closer to home. Of course, realistically, Ms. Waldorf would never subject herself to living with the smelly (soon-to-be) hipster masses at NYU. She’d most likely get a gorgeous apartment in the West Village: a huge loft drenched in sunlight at Perry West, or maybe a quaint brownstone which she could decorate primly as if she still inhabited the Upper East Side.


Gallatin would be a nightmare for Blair, a lady so blindly steeped in and devoted to heteronormative gender archetypes!* The second someone identified as “pan-sexual” in class she’d feel another bout of bulimia coming on. Similarly, Tisch is way too artsy, and studio 9am-5pm on Fridays would not sit well with her. That places her in the run-of-the-mill CAS, where she can pursue a career in something like Art History, or even Stern as a Marketing major, so that she could help her mother build her brand as a fashion designer. I’m sure there are some evil business geniuses at Stern who would also be willing to help her draw up a foolproof plan for UES social circle domination. Not to mention the future moneymen she could meet if things don’t work out with Chuck or Nate…

*I actually crowdsourced this and posed the question to the Twitter masses. Almost everyone said that Blair would be in Gallatin, which shocked me because it was the first one I immediately wrote off. However, almost none of those who answered “Gallatin” were actually in Gallatin, so maybe they just don’t realize how unBlair-like it actually is. Or maybe I’m just dead wrong on this one. This is the Most Important Question of Our Time, people. Opinions are welcome in the comments!223chuck

Getting Around

We all know that Blair hates the subway, and despite the fact that there are tons of cute bikes to choose from at places like The Hub Station, I can’t see her wanting to ruin her perfect satin outfits and headbanded hair on something as unladylike as a bike. Blair will walk, or be driven, and that is that.


I can’t really picture Blair enjoying the eggstravaganza at Downstein. Freshman year does demand a meal plan, but most likely she’d scrap that (what’s a couple thousand dollars, anyway?) for take-out at Prune or a $20 spaghetti entree at Frank, because everyone knows Butter is so last year. Dean and Deluca would deliver all of her groceries, obviously. Of course, that’s only when she isn’t meeting Chuck uptown for cocktails at his father’s hotel. She’d also have to find a nice bathroom to vom up all her food in. Kimmel’s aren’t too bad, and I hear they’re redoing some of the ones at Bobst.


Only for a jokey (but potentially epic) “make Blair into a hipster” episode would she ever set foot into NYU sartorial favorites American Apparel and Urban Outfitters. Luckily SoHo can sate her WASP-meets-classy-sex-kitten style almost as well as the UES can, with stores like Intermix and Bloomingdale’s. She’ll probably continue to order her headbands custom-made from some chic online boutique, though.


Always playing it close to the cuff, Blair’s UES cronies would continue to comprise the majority of her social circle. There’s something about rich people: they can smell it on each other. I’m sure she’d get along just fine with all the East Coast-bred trust fund babies whose parents pad a large part of the university’s endowment. But Blair’s enemies would undoubtedly be the industry-born hipsters who come reeking of California sunshine, weed and glassy mansions from the golden bed of Hollywood. The rich LA kids, all fresh faced and new-moneyed, are undoubtedly her mortal adversaries. Waldorfs are old money and simply do not fraternize with the likes of bigwig producers’ children.

Have any other ideas? Add them in the comments!


CHACE Crawford was voted this summer’s ‘hottest bachelor’, his Gossip Girl show is the best thing to hit our screens in decades and he could melt a heart with just a lift of one of those famously luxuriant eyebrows.

So it’s not hard to see why this hunk du jour has been romantically linked to every beautiful girl in Hollywood.

The latest Tinseltown tittle-tattle involves Chace, 24, reportedly snogging the face off Twilight babe Ashley Greene in the back of a limo. But the star has been linked to pretty much every one of his Gossip Girl co-stars in recent months – and notorious party girl Lindsay Lohan is said to have been bombarding Chace with texts too.

The madness around this rising star is only set to intensify as the chiselled sex god prepares to make his first outing as a Hollywood movie leading man, in the remake of classic ’80s musical flick Footloose.

‘I’m training right now in New York, and it’s pretty intense,’ grinned Chace who further delighted fans by adding: ‘I’m getting muscles that I didn’t even know were there!’

Here the Gossip Girl hunk reveals the truth about the supposed romance with Li-lo, lets us in on his style and fitness secrets – and opens up about his co-stars…

We’ve heard you’ve been getting some fruity texts from Lindsay Lohan. Is that true?
It’s funny, I’ve had that question a few times in Europe. I’m not sure where that came from because we’ve been friends and known each other as acquaintances for years and there’s definitely nothing romantic. I’m friends with Samantha [Ronson] and she’s lovely. I wouldn’t do anything to disrespect her or Lindsay I think they’re phenomenal.

You lived with Ed Westwick…
Yeah, yeah we had a blast. We’re like brothers, so we had little fights and then we’d go grab beers at the weekend. It’s interesting because we do these insane 80-hour weeks and then it’s like: ‘What are you guys doing at the weekend?’ So it’s kind of that atmosphere. It’s a good bubble to be in.

The Gossip Girl cast are all very similar ages and you all live in New York – you must go out a lot?
Well we like to go to the quieter places, although it depends. Me, Ed and Leighton [Meester] like to go to shows and concerts.

Are there rules like no going out the night before and you have to be on set by a certain time?
I think we are just expected to be professional. There aren’t really any rules. That’s the thing about being a young actor, you’re forced into maturity. Our private lives are all documented now. The tabloids like to stir up drama about us but we are like one big happy family on set.

Are the rumours about you and your co-star Taylor Momsen true?
No! That’s hilarious. It’s funny she’s only a 16-year-old girl and she’s been thrown into this insane universe, so we all look out for her she’s like our little sister. We really take her under our wing and she’s super intelligent.

The one drag is that she is really young, so she’s not going to get to live a normal life – that’s why we really try to look after her, so any rumours about us are obviously absurd. I knew people would say that as soon as we had a scene together. We had a moment in the second season where we shared a moment, a kiss. And it was like here it comes, here comes the speculation, it’s going to happen.

The second season must have brought a lot more attention from the media. How have you coped?
You’ve got to be aware because the paparazzi are relentless and ruthless and they will stay there until they’ve got a picture. Sometimes we’ll be on set and trying to do a scene and we’ll be forced to stop.

Other times you can give them a picture and they’ll go away. It’s just balance. No one can really prepare you for the kind of conditions you’ll come across. You have to deal with it day by day. Sure it’s going to happen but there’s only a small amount of control you have over it.

What’s the best thing about playing Nate in Gossip Girl?
He’s a stable character – he’s the golden boy and the backbone of the morality. It’s really fun and, as I said before, we’re like a big family on set

Do you have to work hard at looking good?
I’m blessed. I have a beautiful mother and beautiful father so I guess you could say so I’m blessed with good genes. It’s important to have a certain look in the industry but I honestly tend to wake up and comb my hair with my hands. I think I have three pairs of the same jeans, so when I find something I like I tend to stick with it.

Do you go to the gym?
Yes, I’m a big gym frequenter. I guess I got it from playing sports in Texas. I played football from fifth grade onwards so working out was part of my lifestyle. My sister’s a personal trainer and my dad and mom go to the gym so it’s kind of a family thing. It’s a way of life, a lifestyle.

Is there anything you’d really love to do in the movies?
I’m a huge fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, who have had great careers. I want to do some big films. To cultivate a leading man versatility – that is my goal.

Taylor Momsen: ‘Gossip Girl’ Turned Rock Star

 She plays a crafty, fashionista by day, and a rock star by night. “Gossip Girl” star Taylor Momsen is living her dream at the age of 16.

“I’ve actually been singing and writing before I was acting but never did it, because I couldn’t have a record when I was 8,” she told PIX News after performing at Teen Vogue’s Block Party in the West Village Thursday.
Between her roles as the charismatic Jenny Humphrey and the front woman for “The Pretty Reckless,” Taylor says she really doesn’t have time for anything else.
“You know I really don’t have, like, a life outside of it, except for writing of course - about my life,” she said. “It’s great you know, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
As Gossip Girl kicked off a brand new season, Taylor gave us the scoop on the upcoming season.
“So much is happening to everyone. It’s such a big transitional season for everyone because all the other characters are in college, and Jenny is a junior now.”
“It’s a lot of fun, she has some power this season, a lot more money and she’s growing up in the world,” she said
For the fans who think Jenny will one day pick up a mic and belt out a number: keep dreaming
“No, music is my thing,” Taylor said.



PENN BADGLEY makes sure he doesn’t get swept away in the hysteria surrounding his show GOSSIP GIRL - despite admitting the cast are treated like “royalty” in New York social circles.
The actor is part of an ensemble of good-looking stars in the hit U.S. show, based on the lives of rich Manhattan kids, who regularly get mobbed on-set by manic fans of the series.
But Badgley insists he doesn’t get sidetracked by the attention, especially on the New York party scene - because he’ll never play up to his “teen idol” status.
He tells V Man magazine, “I’m not just a teen star idol. I’m not just that.
“I’ve always tried to distance myself from the character. You don’t want people to think of you as this one guy.
“You barely have to be famous for people to scream when they see you. In certain circles we’re treated like royalty. We’re treated like the Kennedys.”


CHACE CRAWFORD is stepping up his game to become Hollywood’s hottest hunk - he’s reportedly dating Tinseltown’s main poster-boy LEONARDO DiCAPRIO’s supermodel ex.
The Titanic heartthrob ended his relationship with beauty Bar Refaeli earlier this summer (09).
And it looks as though Crawford is keen to step into the actor’s shoes - he was spotted dirty dancing with the stunner in New York on Friday (11Sep09), according to
A source tells the site, “(They were) dancing on each other, swaying their hips together from side to side.
“At one point, Bar reached down and grabbed Chace’s backside. They were very affectionate with each other. Bar and Chace have been spending a lot of time together since Bar is in town and attending NY Fashion Week events.”
The Gossip Girl actor has been linked to a string of Hollywood beauties recently, including Twilight star Ashley Greene last month.

Off the Cuff With Peter Travers: “Gossip Girl” Star Zuzanna Szadkowski

Peter Travers and Rolling Stone are wild about Gossip Girl’s Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski in real life), so we roped the show’s Polish maid into swinging by our offices to talk about her relationship with Leighton Meester, her cool level, and where the heck she was during graduation at the end of last season. The show premiered last night, but you can only check out Szadkowski screaming out Travers in Polish right here. SEE THE VIDEO HERE!