1The last time Leighton Meester experienced a series premiere as a tv personality, a small number of people knew who she was.
Paul Bruinooge / Patrick McMullan via Getty Image
Then the 21-year-old actor became a household name once she slipped about the ornate headbands that became a trademark with the impeccably styled and hypnotically conniving Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, a young adult soap that relished in exploring and exploiting “the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.”
When the show premiered in September 2007, its potent mixture of sex, drugs, and Manolos managed to make it a constant target for your Parents Television Council; it turned out a trailblazer when it comes to second-screen viewing as fans tweeted and hashtagged the couples they shipped; plus it wasn’t some time before the cast became catnip for magazines of each ilk. Life presently began to imitate art for that young, gorgeous stars of Gossip Girl: Their offscreen exploits were consistent gossip fodder, their relationships were scrutinized from the tabloids, and in addition they graced the covers of glossy high-profile magazines.