Leighton Meester stars as Blair Waldorf in The CW’s hit drama Gossip Girl, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C.), based on the tremendously popular book series about privileged teenagers in New York City.
Because of her incredible success on the television series, it didn’t take long to make the leap onto the big screen. Recently, Meester was seen alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy Date Night. She’ll also star as Rebecca opposite Minka Kelly in the thriller The Roommate, directed by Sonny Mallhi, for Sony Screen Gems. She just wrapped filming for Monte Carlo, with Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy.
Coming up, Meester stars in Country Strong, a country music drama, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. She is also set to star in the dramatic comedy Oranges alongside Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener.
As if filming the television show and multiple films wasn’t enough, Meester was recently signed as a recording artist to Universal Republic. The first two singles off her album, “Somebody to Love” and “Your Love is a Drug,” have already had huge success.
Raised in Florida, Meester got the acting bug at age nine, when she played a citizen of Emerald City in a local production of The Wizard of Oz. Two years later, she moved with her family to New York and soon began working as a model with the Wilhemina modeling agency, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with photographer/director Sofia Coppola.