Leighton Meester Reveals ‘Gossip Girl’ Wasn’t ‘The Healthiest Environment’ For Her Mental Health

Leighton Meester On Mental Health

Star Reveals 'Gossip Girl' Was Not 'The Healthiest Environment' For Her To Be In!

Leighton Meester is getting real about some formative moments from young in her career!

The 32-year-old star is the focus of a feature in the new issue of Net-A-Porter, and while the feature discusses quite a few different things going on in her career and life, there’s a big takeaway from some of her time at Gossip Girl that has people talking!

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Meester opens up about looking back at the six seasons she spent on the CW show alongside stars like Blake Lively and Taylor Momsen, saying (below):

“I was young when I started Gossip Girl. A lot more people were suddenly around and I was being looked at. If you don’t have the right perspective, you could definitely be confused by people being that nice to you or judging you for behavior that’s typical of a 20-, 21-year-old, making mistakes but having to make them very publicly. I’m not haunted by that time, but it’s been interesting and helpful for me to look at it and examine it as an adult and go, ‘I don’t know if it was the healthiest environment.'”

Wow!

And she continued, too (below):

“Everyone has their own journey, especially in their early twenties when they’re just figuring out who they are. Because of the success of [Gossip Girl], I was put in a place where that journey was sped up. I had to figure it out quickly and with not a completely developed mind to discern between what’s real and what’s not, who I can trust and who I can’t. I got really lucky and was able to very early on find and stay friends with people who are true.”

Amen to that!

Fortunately, Meester has came out of it just fine and continued on with a strong career. Her mental health outlook sounds lighter, too — and though she remembers Gossip Girl fondly, there’s no way she’d ever go back (below):

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s sort of a time capsule. A lot of the questions that come from it are: ‘Do you miss it?’ ‘Did you love what you wore?’ And I understand that, but—and I say this with nothing but love—it is like saying, ‘High school was an amazing time for you. Do you wish you could go back?’ And the truth is, it was so special and such a unique, amazing experience, but no, I wouldn’t wanna go back to it. I was a kid!”

Interesting!

Thoughts, Perezcious readers?! Let us know in the comments (below)!!

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Penn Badgley Reveals He’s ‘Literally Been Molested’ By ‘Gossip Girl’ Fans!

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Penn Badgley Says He’s ‘Literally Been Molested’ By Fans!

If you ever run into Penn Badgley, please try to control yourself.

The actor revealed in a new interview that he’s “literally been molested” by thirsty fans after his starring role on Gossip Girl turned him into an object of “pretty full-on obsession.”

Speaking with The Daily Beast to promote his new Lifetime series You, the 31-year-old opened up about the downsides of fame and being desired by thousands.

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Playing Dan Humphrey on the teen drama series for five years was more than enough time for viewers to get attached to Badgley — so much, fans would literally attach themselves to the actor when they ran into him on the street. He explained:

“I think as an actor you can become an object of desire, which is something women are already accustomed to more or less around the world—I’ve definitely been, I mean I don’t want to sound sensationalist, but I’ve literally been molested—just in the literal sense of the word—by many people in the moment. Because that’s what they do.”

Who said being a walking thirst trap was easy?

The Daily Beast reported that the actor was “thoughtful and cautious” while discussing the harassment and was “quick to acknowledge the privilege that being a man, not to mention a white man, affords him.”

He also brought up other male celebs who’ve spoken out on being touched inappropriately, such as Terry Crews, continuing:

“You’re led as a man, particularly, that when it happens you should feel great about it. Particularly when it comes from someone who’s feasibly an object of your desire as well. And I think that’s the interesting thing about this show, is that [my character] Joe looks like me, he acts and talks like me to a degree, so I think the audience is supposed to be like, ‘Aw that might be nice if someone was that infatuated with me.'”

We mean, it would be nice if Penn Badgley was infatuated with us… but that ain’t gonna happen.

So, we guess we have to watch him be infatuated with someone else in Lifetime’s You instead.

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Blake Lively Causes A Stir Online By Deleting ALL Of Her Instagram Photos & Unfollowing Husband Ryan Reynolds!

Blake Lively Causes A Stir Online By Deleting ALL Of Her Instagram Photos & Unfollowing Husband Ryan Reynolds!

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Blake Lively has raised eyebrows thanks to her recent behavior on social media.

Fans were left stunned when they realized the Gossip Girl alum had deleted ALL of the photos from her Instagram account and unfollowed her beloved husband, Ryan Reynolds. What’s even odder, Miz Lively changed her bio to a vague question about a missing woman.

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Gigi Hadid Chats With Blake Lively About Loving Her Body Despite The Trolls: ‘I’m Not Skinny Because I Gave In To The Industry’

Gigi Hadid Chats With Blake Lively About Loving Her Body Despite The Trolls: ‘I’m Not Skinny Because I Gave In To The Industry’

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Gigi Hadid is brushing off the haters!

The 22-year-old is Harper’s Bazaar‘s May cover star — and for the corresponding interview, the model sat down with her gal pal Blake Lively to chat about body image and her social media presence.

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When the Gossip Girl alum brought up the subject of Internet trolls, Zayn Malik‘s ex responded: (more…)

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Stalking, Murder, Cunnilingus! This New Lifetime Series Has Everything YOU Could Want!

Stalking, Murder, Cunnilingus! This New Lifetime Series Has Everything YOU Could Want!

Lifetime getting dark!

This promo for sexy new drama-thriller series You has enough murder, voyeurism, and dudes going down to make the kids from Riverdale blush!

You premieres September 9 and stars Penn Badgley, Shay Mitchell, and Elizabeth Lail (whom you may know as Frozen‘s Princess Anna from Once Upon A Time)!

Get your first look (above)!

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Ed Westwick Accused Of Sexual Assault By A Fourth Woman

Ed Westwick Accused Of Sexual Assault By A Fourth Woman

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A fourth accuser has come forward with a sexual assault claim against Ed Westwick.

Haley Freedman didn’t go public with the details, but Us Weekly confirmed she did file a police report. Her rep shared:

“I can confirm Haley filed a police report on Wednesday, regarding allegations that Ed Westwick raped her. She will be meeting with the district attorney next week.”

Related: Ed Deletes Social Media Posts Denying Allegations

A source stated that she “came prepared with evidence including (more…)

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Ed Westwick Deletes Social Media Posts Denying Sexual Assault Allegations

Ed Westwick Deletes Social Media Posts Denying Sexual Assault Allegations

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Ed Westwick has rid his social media accounts of any sexual assault denials.

The Gossip Girl alum recently erased several Twitter and Instagram posts in which he denied the accusations of assault and rape made against him by three women.

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The move comes amid the LA District Attorney’s Office’s review of one of the allegations dating back to 2014, when a woman says she was raped by the actor during a visit to his home, and seems to be directed by Westwick’s new attorney.

According to Us Weekly, the actor hired a “high-profile L.A.-based female criminal lawyer” to represent him. A source explained: (more…)

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Sexual Assault Case Against Ed Westwick In Review By L.A. District Attorney’s Office

Sexual Assault Case Against Ed Westwick In Review By L.A. District Attorney’s Office

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Ed Westwick continues to be in hot water.

The sexual assault claim made by Kristina Cohen against the former Gossip Girl star is being reviewed by the L.A. District Attorney’s office. The case was submitted by the Los Angeles Police Department on March 20.

Related: New Lawsuit Claims Ed Held Woman Hostage As A Sex Slave

As we reported, this case stems from Cohen’s accusation that the 30-year-old held her down and raped her in 2014 during a visit to his home. Several women have since come forward against the actor, as Ed denies all allegations.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

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Ed Westwick Removed & Replaced From Already-Filmed BBC Agatha Christie Drama Ordeal By Innocence Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

Ed Westwick Removed & Replaced From Already-Filmed BBC Agatha Christie Drama Ordeal By Innocence Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

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Ed Westwick has been cut out of the BBC‘s Agatha Christie drama Ordeal By Innocence after being accused by three women of sexual assault.

The TV drama had already been shot and was originally supposed to air over Christmas, but in this climate, producers thought it would be best to take a page out of Ridley Scott‘s pagebook: recast the problem and reshoot.

The Gossip Girl alum is being replaced by Christian Cooke, with his scenes to be reshot later this month. Producers announced the news on Friday, adding that a new broadcast date would be revealed down the line.

Related: Ed & His GF Put Engagement Plans On Hold

Filming of White Gold, another series Westwick was starring in, has been paused.

This news comes months after Scott decided to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in his drama All The Money in the World amid Spacey’s own sexual misconduct scandal — except Spacey isn’t pleading innocence, unlike Westwick.

As we reported, the LAPD is looking into the accusations that came out against Westwick in late 2017. The 30-year-old categorically denied the three separate allegations, offering his full cooperation to investigators.

Westwick may be hoping to clear his name, but producers clearly don’t want to be part of this ordeal.

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Blake Lively Shades Ryan Reynolds’ Homemaker Skills!

Blake Lively Shades Ryan Reynolds’ Homemaker Skills!

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And now for another visit to the cutest Twitter feud of all time.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have been adorably trading jabs on social media for months, from cropping each other out of pics to turning one another into memes.

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In a Christmas snap on Friday, Blake took the latest shot, proving RyRey is far from Mr. Mom: (more…)

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