However, when they split in 2010, they didn't want it to interfere with the show or their careers."The shocking thing was, I found out on the set of the season two finale that Blake and Penn had broken up months before," Safran recalled. episodes, Blake was dating [Di Caprio] at the time, and she had this thing where she had a doll that she took photos of that she sent to Leo. It Felt More Like Marketing Than Acting: Lively admitted that her real life and the show often crossed boundaries, which only heightened its popularity."They kept the breakup hidden from the crew, which you could never do now. They kept it from everybody which is a testament to how good they are as actors. for a little while."We learned a lot from Blake," Safran said. In fact, she said she never really felt like she was acting."It felt like we were in the center of a marketing machine, a cultural pop phenomenon," she admitted to .Because they did not want their personal drama to relate to the show." writers. "We were creating three episodes at once sometimes, we were given our lines at the very last minute, we didn't know where our characters were going; there was no planning or arc... We were basically sort of reading off of cue cards.There were people taking pictures the whole time and paparazzi jumping in front of the cameras—it felt like we were part of a cultural experiment..."She has to be somebody that you believe would be sitting in the front row at Fashion Week eventually."3. "Then they said, 'OK, you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week.But Lively Wasn't So Sure: She wanted to get her degree. After the first year [of the show], it'll quiet down.Charm, attractiveness and natural magnetism are the features of the Ukrainians that immediately catch the eye of any man.
"Yeah, I don't really hear [talk of] that," Meester said.So, [Leighton, who played Blair Waldorf] went to the sink and dyed her hair. The Two Girls Couldn't Have Been Any More Different: "Blake is very much in the moment. I had this image of her just in these gorgeous dresses with a book in her hand, sort of a little bit out of focus out in the corners."6.And They Weren't BFFs: "Blake and Leighton were not friends," Safran continued. In honor of the major anniversary, caught up with the cast and crew—including creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz as well as writer Joshua Safran—who revealed some surprising facts not even the show's biggest fans may have known about., the creators already had an idea Lively was the girl for the role."We didn't see a lot of other girls for Serena," Schwartz said. 19, 2007, following the popularity of the book series written Cecily von Ziegesar, quickly catapulting Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley to fame.