When the news broke last month that a Gossip Girl reboot is in the works, I had a lot of thoughts. The main one can best be summarised as: I’m old.
Casting my mind back to when the final episode aired in 2012, I remembered everyone talking about it in the office at the magazine I worked at back then (RIP, CLEO).
Then, I proceeded to catalogue all the things that have happened in the almost seven years since then: apartments I moved into and moved out of, jobs I started and finished, vacations so hazy to recall it’s like someone else went on them.
In other words, it was a little unsettling to consider how much time had passed.
Turns out my reaction was the same as one of the show’s stars, Chace Crawford.
“When I heard about it [the reboot], it just made me feel old,” Crawford, who played Nate Archibald, said when he appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday.
In response to a question about whether he will appear in the new series, he said:
“No one called me. I was really upset about it,” he laughed. “I’m teasing. It’s great.
“I mean I could maybe come back and play a father. It’d be nice.”
Crawford (who by the way is only 34 – he probably won’t be relegated to play dad roles only anytime soon) also dished on some throwback gossip, talking about what it was like when co-stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley broke up and were forced to work together for the next two years.
“During your time on Gossip Girl, Chace, did Blake Lively and Penn Badgley’s real-life relationship and breakup cause drama amongst the cast?” host Cohen asked.
“Not at all. Not in the least,” Crawford said. “Most mature people in the world.”
The actor made headlines earlier in the week when he appeared to throw some shade at how the original Gossip Girl season ended (I think we can all agree it had some problems).
“I think they’re smart, to keep it going,” he said, adding that on streaming service HBOMax, the creators will have more freedom with how many episodes to make.
“You can write with the ending in mind more … you can build more to the end.”