Leighton Meester: from “I’m gay” to “Gossip Girl”

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Anyone (if there is anyone)
who has been following my blog regularly over the past few weeks might
have noticed that there have been, well, rather a lot of references
to the totally trashy teen soap Gossip Girl.

Now, I will readily admit that
a large part of my interest in this show comes from the relationship
between the main two female characters, Blair Waldorf and Serena van
der Woodsen (played respectively by Leighton Meester and Blake
Lively
, pictured below in a shoot for this month’s issue of

Vogue).

But even if it wasn’t for
all the chemistry between Blair and Serena, there’s a reason I might
still be watching. Sarah and Lori may have declared themselves
in favor
of Blake,
but for me it’s all about the lovely Leighton (who, although she plays
a teen on the show, fortunately turns 22 in April):

Not only do I love her character’s
preppie style
,
but I also think the actress herself is terrifically pretty.

What I didn’t realize until
recently was that I had actually seen her before Gossip Girl,
on a gay-themed episode of the sitcom 8 Simple Rules
that first aired on March 4, 2005. In the episode, titled “The After
Party,” Meester plays Nikki, a girl of questionable reputation
who agrees to go to the school prom with Rory, the son of the show’s
main family. At the same time, Rory’s serious-minded sister, Kerry,
has decided to take a girl to the prom even though she is not a lesbian,
in order to make a statement about equality and fairness. Seeing Kerry
and her date at the prom and mistaking them for a real couple, Nikki
is moved to realize something about her own sexuality. Here’s a compilation of Nikki’s scenes from the episode:



Well, OK: it’s just a guest
appearance, and it’s just a silly sitcom, but still … cool, huh?
Now if anyone finds a clip of my old teen idols Claire Danes
or Katie Holmes playing gay, feel
free to send it my way!

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