Leighton Meester

"I like to test my lim­its. I never want to be stuck in the same rou­tine.”

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The gods of tele­vi­sion drama must be look­ing down and smirk­ing now that Gos­sip Girl’s Queen B, the ul­ti­mate ma­nip­u­la­tor and all-round mean girl, is re­port­edly set to marry geeky, left-of-cen­tre Seth Co­hen from The O.C. In what par­al­lel uni­verse could pro­duc­ers have pos­si­bly imag­ined that so­cialite Blair Wal­dorf would end up with the comic book-ob­sessed Seth? But when re­ports emerged re­cently that Leighton and her boyfriend, Adam Brody, had got en­gaged, one thing be­came clear: Those pro­duc­ers missed a great cross­over op­por­tu­nity!

Hum­ble Be­gin­nings

Leighton al­ways knew she wanted to act. “I watched a lot of TV, and it clicked one day that these people were act­ing,” she says. “It sounded like the most fun thing ever.” Af­ter start­ing out with lo­cal gigs, she was en­cour­aged to move to New York to pur­sue act­ing pro­fes­sion­ally. Her first TV role was on Law & Or­der, fol­lowed by mi­nor parts on shows like 24, House and En­tourage. In 2007, she be­came Gos­sip Girl’s Blair.

But don’t mis­take her for her old Up­per East Side al­ter ego. “I never wear make-up when I’m not at work,” she says. “It can make you for­get what you look like, and I’ve grown to re­ally love the way I look with­out it.”

Next Chap­ter

Af­ter six suc­cess­ful sea­sons, it was al­ways go­ing to be tough to shed her Gos­sip Girl skin, but Leighton al­ready has a few projects on the go for 2014. She’s an am­bas­sador for skin­care brand Bio­therm, and we’ll soon see her on the big screen along­side Robert Downey Jr. and Dax Shep­ard in The Judge. And, as well as their pend­ing nup­tials, Leighton and Adam have teamed up in the movie Life Part­ners, also due out this year. It’s the pair’s sec­ond film to­gether – the first was The Or­anges in 2011, where they met.

We’re thrilled that two of our faves are set for their happy-ever-af­ter. If noth­ing else, it proves giv­ing the nerdy guy a chance can pay off!

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