You may recognize Leighton Meester as the queen bee, Blair Waldorf on the hit CW sitcom, Gossip Girl. However, the actress lives a completely different life off the screen. Born on April 9, 1986 to Constance Lynn and Douglas Jay Meester in Fort Worth, Texas, Leighton was a bright child from the get-go. Leighton has two brothers, Lex and Douglas Meester.
Leighton has sort of done it all in Hollywood; from modeling for fashion tycoons like Ralph Lauren to offering her commendable acting chops to various movies and TV shows to venturing into music. Hangman’s Curse (2003), Drive-Thru (2007), The Roommate (2011), That’s My Boy (2012) and By the Gun (2014) are some of her successful movies to name a few. She has graced the small screen as well with roles in TV shows like Law & Order, Family Affair, Entourage and Gossip Girl. Her studio albums, Love is a Drug (2011) and Heartstrings (2014), prove her strong presence in the pop rock music scene.
The gorgeous blonde is familiar to us for her acting and musical flairs. However, there are still some secrets about the star that you might not have noticed.
She had to dye her hair
Everybody knows that the iconic character of Blair Waldorf would not be the same without her fierce brunette look. Leighton had natural blonde hair, as opposed to her character’s trademark brunette hair. So, she had to dye her hair brunette just to audition for Gossip Girl. Now, she seems to have settled on the light brown hair hue.
Real life relationship
The marriage of Leighton Meester and Adam Brody in 2014 was one of the best things to happen in Hollywood. Both played generation changing characters, Leighton as Blair in Gossip Girl and Adam as Seth Cohen in The O.C. The pair first met while filming the movie, The Oranges, in March 2010 and got engaged in November 2013. Fans have nothing but admiration for the adorable couple and their cute little princess, Arlo Day Brody.
Leighton’s life has not been “sunshine and rainbows,” for the most part. You may be surprised to know that Leighton was born while her mother was in prison. Leighton’s parents were serving jail time as they were part of a drug ring, which smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the States. In Hollywood’s fiercely competitive scenario, the smallest of things can make or break a person’s career. So, Leighton tried her best not to bring this fact out to the world.
Another fierce character on Gossip Girl was Serena Van Der Woodsen played by Blake Lively. On the show, Blair and Serena had a love-hate kind of chemistry simply termed as ‘frenemies.’ But, the stars were straight up enemies in real life. Leighton and Blake never talked to each other on the set.
They haven’t revealed the reason behind their sour relationship, but sources reported that Blake publicly trashed Gossip Girl in an interview and Leighton didn't like it one bit.
She wanted her name to be Deborah
Leighton played Deborah Revere, a colonial woman from 1775 in Fox’s comedy series, Making History in 2017. She admitted on Late Night with Seth Meyers that she really loves her character because of her name Deborah. She also said that she had always wanted her name to be Deborah, Linda or Barbara. Also, she would love to have a pink suit and red curly hair. Well Leighton, you still have time!
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