13 Surprising Secrets You Never Knew About Gossip Girl

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It's pretty hard to believe that it's been almost a year and a half since Gossip Girl game to an end — but that doesn't mean we love the series any less! We'll always have a special place in our hearts for the popular CW show, and believe it or not, even after all this time, there are still new things to learn about Gossip Girl.

Yes, we've rounded up not one, not two, but 14 (!) surprising secrets you never knew about Gossip Girl. For example, did you know that bringing the popular book series to live was originally pitched as a movie starring Lindsay Lohan as Blair? Yep, that could have happened.

To learn even more things you didn't know about Gossip Girl, click through the gallery below!

1. The CW Didn't Like Ed Westwick (At First)

"The CW did not want Ed Westwick to play Chuck Bass, insisting that 'he looked more like a serial killer than a romantic lead.'" (via IMDB)

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2. Leighton Meester Had to Make a Big Change Just to Audition For Blair

"Leighton Meester had to dye her naturally blonde hair brunette merely to audition for the role of Blair Waldorf." (via IMDB)

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3. Penn Badgley Was Hounded For the Role of Dan

"Penn Badgley was on the verge of quitting acting when he was offered the role of Dan Humphrey. He originally turned down the role but was persuaded to join the cast by producer Stephanie Savage."

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4. Michelle Trachtenberg Wasn't the First Choice For Georgina

"Originally, Georgina Sparks was offered to Mischa Barton, who turned down the role. Michelle Trachtenberg was then cast as Georgina Sparks." (via IMDB)

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5. Gossip Girl Could Have Been on the Big Screen

"[Gossip Girl] was originally pitched as a feature with Lindsay Lohan as Blair Waldorf. When that fell through, its backers (who had the rights to the stories) approached Josh Schwartz about turning it into a series."

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6. Serena's On-Screen Dad Took His Role Very Seriously

"William Baldwin, who played Serena van der Woodsen's absentee father, avoided meeting his onscreen daughter Blake Lively until the cameras rolled so that they could have a more realistic, strained relationship." (via IMDB)

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7. Penn Badgley Was in the Dark About Dan Being Gossip Girl

"Penn Badgley was not informed that he was Gossip Girl until the night before the scene revealing this detail was shot." (via IMDB)

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8. The Voice of Gossip Girl Wish She Had a Bigger Role

"Kristen Bell, the infamous voice of Gossip Girl over the show's entire 6-season run, gushed that she wished she had gotten to play some vicious part and actually come out as Gossip Girl' in the final season of the series." (via IMDB)

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9. There's a Gossip Girl Tour

"The series has become so popular that a tour of Gossip Girl sites has been created in New York City, by the same people who created the Sex and the City Tour." (via IMDB)

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10. Lily Was Supposed to Have a Different Name

"The character of Lily van der Woodsen was originally named Darla, until the writers changed it at the last moment. (via IMDB)

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11. There's Special Meaning Behind Rufus' Band Name

"The name of Rufus' band, 'Lincoln Hawk,' is also the name of Sylvester Stallone's character in the movie Over the Top. That movie is mentioned several times as being a cult-classic in The O.C., the previous show from Josh Schwartz, the creator of this series." (via IMDB)

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12. Serena, Dan, and Blair Are the Only Characters...

...to appear in every single epsiode of Gossip Girl over the show's run.

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13. All Episode Titles Mean Something

"Every episode title is a word play on the title of a movie." (via IMDB)

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  • Joetta

    This changes a lot

  • lizz

    Amanda Hasaka needs to learn to use spell check ijs

  • Suzy

    i love Gossip girl !!! It’s my favorite series to watch at this end of the week. This show is just totally awesome !!!

  • Sam

    I don’t watch this show.