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

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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.'”

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!”

Thoughts, Perezcious readers?! Let us know in the comments (below)!!
[Image via WENN.]

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Sep 21, 2018 11:46am PDT