Your favorite Upper West Side prep student is back, at least for one more interview.
Lively and Badgley’s relationship lasted from 2007-2010, and they initially denied their relationship due to the thought that they would get in trouble at work, Lively told Vanity Fair. Apparently, that was far from the case.
“We were like, ‘Oh no, that’s exactly what they want.’ They wanted us all to date,’” Lively explained about revealing their relationship. “They wanted us all to wear the same clothes that we’re wearing on the show. They wanted that, because then it fed their whole narrative. People could buy into this world.”
Pretty soon, the lines blurred between what was real and what was fake, at least from the outside.
“We look the same, and we acted the same as far as they could tell, because I wasn’t doing anything but that show,” Lively continued. “If [Penn and I] were photographed walking down the street, they didn’t know if it was a paparazzi shot or if it was a shot from the show.” She went on to talk about how it was actually very different on the inside.
Despite how much their fake and real lives overlapped, Lively and Badgley were able to keep their private lives private, so much so that the crew had no idea they broke up for months after it happened. Now while fans were heartbroken that they broke up, Lively is now married to Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and has two kids, so life worked out for the best.
Lively also opened up about how she was hesitant to take the role of Serena Van der Woodsen due to the fact that she wanted to go back to school. The producers said that she could go to Columbia University one day a week during filming, and once it quiets down she could start going full time, stating that they couldn’t put it in writing, but promised it would happen.
“This is advice to anyone: when they say, ‘We promise, but we can’t put it in writing,’ there’s a reason they can’t put it in writing,” Lively laughs about it now.
Well, that’s it for this article. Until next time, XOXO Gossip Girl.