THEN AND NOW: Here’s what the cast of ‘Gossip Girl’ is up to 12 years later

The show wrapped in 2012.

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The show wrapped in 2012.
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It has been 12 years since “Gossip Girl” first won fans over with glorious fashion and drama on the Upper East Side of New York City.

The hit teen show drew millions of viewers during its six-season run on The CW. It became one of the most popular dramas on television and the cast members were catapulted to star status.

The heartthrobs have since been up to a number of projects in the time since.


Blake Lively starred as blonde bombshell Serena van der Woodsen on the hit CW show.

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Serena was the “it” girl.
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Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role.


Since then, Lively has become a bona fide movie star.

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Blake Lively attended the Versace fall fashion show in December 2018.
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Over the past few years, Lively starred in “The Shallows,” “All I See Is You,” and “A Simple Favor.” Most recently, she filmed “The Rhythm Section” and looked unrecognizable on the set of the upcoming movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters in November.

She’s also in the midst of raising two adorable daughters with Ryan Reynolds, whom she married in 2012.


Leighton Meester brought the sassy and influential Blair Waldorf to life.

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Blair had a flair for the dramatic.
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She was an intimidating queen bee and fashion icon.


She currently stars on ABC’s sitcom “Single Parents.”

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Adam Brody and Leighton Meester at the world premiere of “Shazam!” on March 28, 2019.
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Since marrying “The O.C.” star Adam Brody and giving birth to their first child, she’s made her role as mom one of her first priorities. She also sings.


Penn Badgley was nominated for a Teen Choice Award six times for playing Lonely Boy, aka Brooklyn babe Dan Humphrey.

During a break in shooting for “Gossip Girl,” he acted alongside Emma Stone in “Easy A.”


He now stars on “You,” which became a smash hit after moving to Netflix.

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Penn Badgley at the New York premiere of “You” on September 6, 2018.
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Badgley stars as an unhinged stalker on “You,” which originally aired on Lifetime but will return for a second season on Netflix. He has said that his current role is a “surreal progression” of his role on “Gossip Girl.”

He married singer Domino Kirke in 2017.


Chace Crawford was the apple of every teenager’s eye while playing Nate Archibald.

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Nate had a lot of family drama on the show.
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In 2010, three years into “Gossip Girl,” he was arrested for a marijuana possession in Texas.


He will next appear in the Charlie Manson movie “Charlie Says” as Manson family member Tex Watson.

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Chace Crawford on February 24, 2019.
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He will also star on Amazon’s “The Boys.”


There was nobody better to play bad boy Chuck Bass than Ed Westwick.

He won the Teen Choice Award for choice TV villain in 2008 and 2009.


Westwick was starring on the BBC comedy “White Gold,” but production paused as he was being investigated over sexual misconduct allegations.

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Ed Westwick in October 2018.
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Four women have accused Westwick of sexual assault. He deleted his denials from his social media. He had a role on BBC’s miniseries “Ordeal by Innocence” but was replaced.


Taylor Momsen went from good girl to goth queen playing Dan’s little sister Jenny Humphrey.

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Jenny was eager to please during the first few seasons.
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She hasn’t acted since the show ended in 2012.


Momsen evolved alongside Jenny to become a lead singer for rock band The Pretty Reckless.

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Taylor Momsen singing at the Ryman Auditorium in 2015.
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The band has released three albums: 2010’s “Light Me Up,” 2014’s “Going to Hell,” and 2016’s “Who You Selling For?”.


Dan and Jenny’s father, Rufus Humphrey, was played by Matthew Settle.

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Rufus acted as the moral compass of the gang.
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Before his “Gossip Girl” days, he was known for his work on two award-winning miniseries, HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and TNT’s “Into the West.”


Settle has starred in a couple TV movies since “Gossip Girl,” but was also in theaters in 2016 in “The Faith of Anna Waters.”

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Matthew Settle at a screening of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2015.
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He has two kids, one with his ex-wife Naama Nativ, and another with his current longtime girlfriend, Maria Alfonsin.


Kelly Rutherford played matriarch Lily van der Woodsen.

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Lily had her flaws as a mother.
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It was reported that Settle and Rutherford, who were married on-screen, were dating in real life, but that proved to be false.


She’s since had small TV appearances on “Jane The Virgin,” “Quantico,” and “Dynasty.”

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Kelly Rutherford at the “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” premiere on March 15, 2019.
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She now stars as another important family matriarch on the “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff, “The Perfectionists.”


Connor Paolo played Serena’s younger brother Eric.

This was his breakout role, but he did have a small part in the Oscar-winning movie “Mystic River.”


He went on to join the cast of “Revenge” and had a small role on the anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.”

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Connor Paolo attends Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge at Siren Studios on September 16, 2016.
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Paolo remained friends with Momsen after they both left the show and has said that he’d do anything to get her back in front of he camera.

“If I’m ever in a position to cast anything or to put anything together, she’s always at the top of my list,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.


Jessica Szohr played Vanessa Abrams: Dan’s childhood best friend, Blair’s enemy, Jenny’s confidant, and Nate’s lover.

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Vanessa caused drama in the Upper East Side.
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For a couple years during the “Gossip Girl” era, Szohr and Westwick had a budding, off-screen romance.


Szohr has made her rounds on both the big and small screens since the series ended.

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Jessica Szohr on March 14, 2019.
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Szohr was in “The Internship” with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, plus “Two Night Stand,” with Miles Teller.

She also had a recurring role in “Shameless,” starred on the “Twin Peaks” revival, and joined the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s scifi comedy series “The Orville.”


Michelle Trachtenberg played a perfect Georgina Sparks on “Gossip Girl.”

Like her co-star Westwick, she was also nominated for choice TV villain at the Teen Choice Awards in 2012.


She recently starred in the Lifetime movie “Sister Cities,” which aired in September 2016.

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Michelle Trachtenberg in January 2019.
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Before she was the gossip queen herself, she was on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Weeds.” You also might recognize her from the children’s movie “Harriet the Spy,” or the Disney Channel movie “Ice Princess.”


“Gossip Girl” wouldn’t have been complete without Dorota, played by Zuzanna Szadkowski.

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Dorota was arguably Blair’s most loyal friend.
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She even got her own breakout miniseries that aired online after each episode.


Szadkowski has since had small roles on shows like “Search Party,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” and “Girls.”

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Zuzanna Szadkowski attends a charity gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 20, 2017.
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“Girls” wasn’t her first HBO appearance. She also had a small role on “The Sopranos.”

Amy Daire contributed to a previous version of this post.