This week, Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr, 35, announced the birth of her “perfect” first child with partner Brad Richardson. The actress, who starred as Vanessa in the show, took to Instagram to announce the happy news, stating: “Added a little special sweetness to our family and some new directions to our journey on 1-11-21. Bowie Ella Richardson.
“This journey with Brad and Lexi has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life,” she wrote.
“To then create a human that is absolutely perfect in our eyes and put a feeling in my heart I didn’t know existed is beyond words. I have all the feels and she is really something special.”
Here, we take a look at the cast of Gossip Girl to see what they’ve been up to since the show ended in 2012…
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With her luscious blonde locks and enviable wardrobe, Blake Lively’s character Serena van der Woodsen was the show’s ultimate ‘it’ girl. But as the Serena proved, being entrenched in the upper echelons of Manhattan society doesn’t necessarily make life easier, with Blake dealing with heartache, drug addiction and tricky family situations throughout the show.
Blake’s real life seems much more of a fairy tale than her onscreen character. Gossip Girl launched her career and afterwards, Blake, now 33, has gone on to star in several big budget films, including The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, The Shallows and A Simple Favor.
While filming Gossip Girl, Blake dated co star Penn Badgely, but the couple split in 2010. Soon after, Blake met her future husband, Ryan Reynolds, on the set of The Green Lantern. The pair married in 2012 and went on to have three daughters named James, Inez and Betty.
Serena’s best friend and sometimes nemesis, Blair Waldorf was known as the Queen Bee Constance Billard. Actress Leighton was rumoured to have never been particularly friendly with costar Blake, but after finishing the show in 2012, she went on to keep up a steady stream of acting jobs. Her film credits include The Roomate and Like Sunday, Like Rain.
The star also took a career pivot and launched a singing career following her time on Gossip Girl. Her debut album, Heartstrings, was released in 2014.
While filming for her role in the film The Oranges in 2010, Leighton, now 34, fell in love with costar Adam Brody. The couple were engaged in 2013, married the following year and their daughter, Arlo Day, was born in 2015. Last year, the couple also welcomed a son.
Since leaving his role as the leading man as Dan Humphrey, Penn, now 34, had a series of roles across films and TV. But Penn’s most noteworthy credit was taking the helm of creepy Netflix series, You, in 2018, which follows the plight of a deranged killer set on killing his unrequited loves. The show’s second series, set in LA, was released in 2019 and a third series is in the works.
When it comes to his personal life, Penn settled down with singer Domino Kirke in 2014. The pair married in 2017 and Penn became stepfather to Domino’s son, Cassius. In 2020, the couple announced the birth of their first child together, a son.
He played handsome Nate Archibald in the popular show and Chace went on to star alongside Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz in What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Chase enjoyed roles in Glee, along with films Elouise, Rules Don’t Apply and more recently, thriller movie Inheritance.
In 2018, Chace was announced as the lead role in Amazon Studio’s superhero show, The Boys, which is still running.
Over the years, the actor has dated Ashley Greene, Carrie Underwood and was most recently in a long term relationship with actress Rebecca Rittenhouse. The couple called it quits in 2019 after three years. Chase recently said of his private life, “I’ve been dating around a little bit, but, you know, nothing serious.”
She made her screen debut in 2000 as Cindy Lou Who opposite Jim Carrey in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. On Gossip Girl, Taylor played Dan’s troubled younger sister, Kenny. She left the show in 2011, at the time citing that she wanted to focus on her music career.
As the singer of band The Pretty Reckless, Taylor has gone on to make a name for herself in the music industry and have released three albums. Now 27, the actress has been linked to Paul Weller’s son Natt, Jack Osborne and even costar Chace Crawford.
After playing Dan’s best friend, Vanessa, on the show, Jessica went on to find roles in films and shows including The Internship, Ted 2, Twin Peaks and Shameless. From 2019, Jessica began her role as Talla Keyali in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy drama series, The Orville.
This month, the actress announced the birth of her first child, a daughter called Bowie, with hockey player Brad Richardson. She previously dated costar Ed Westwick.
Brit actor Ed played the bad boy of the series in his role as Chuck Bass. Since Gossip Girl wrapped, Ed has had successful roles in films including Chalet Girl and Billionaire Ransom. His most notable TV appearance has been in BBC sitcom White Gold.
Ed has previously dated his costar Jessica Szohr as well as actress Jessica Serfaty. He is currently dating model Tamara Francesconi.