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.
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.
Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen live at 1136 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10128 in the penthouse. Lily van der Woodsen and her family lived in suites at 455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 - otherwise known as the Palace Hotel until moving to the Milan Condominium at 300 East 55th Street, New York, NY.
The name of Rufus' band, "Lincoln Hawk", is also the name of Sylvester Stallone's character in the movie Over the Top (1987). That movie is mentioned several times as being a cult-classic in The O.C. (2003), the previous show from Josh Schwartz, the creator of this series.
Was originally pitched as a feature with Lindsay Lohan as Blair Waldorf & Justin Chatwin set to play Nate Archibald. When that fell through, its backers (who had the rights to the stories) approached Josh Schwartz about turning it into a series.
The show's beginning date took place, chronologically, after it was aired. The show aired in Canada on September 18, 2007 and aired in the US on September 19, 2007. The show starts on Wednesday September 23, 2007 and ends on Saturday September 26, 2007, thus all dates in the Pilot fall after their air date.
Was re-adapted for the Spanish audience as Gossip Girl: Acapulco (2013). Premiering on August 5, 2013, the show ended on September 6, 2013 with no second season renewal. The first and only season consisted of 25 episodes.
There was a mini-series of webisodes starring Zuzanna Szadkowski, called 'Chasing Dorota', about Dorota and her friendship with Nate's British housekeeper, Jane, and Chuck's Russian housekeeper, Larussa.
After the New York Magazine Reality Index (a recap that rated the accuracy of NYC locations and character behavior) pointed out the Dumbo-Williamsburg confusion, the producers responded that after the pilot, the Humphreys simply say they live in Brooklyn.
After they left the palace, the van der Woodsens moved to the Milan Condominium building at 300 East 55th St., which is a real building. A Three-bedroom penthouse at the Milan Condominiums is listed for $6.8 million (as at 2016).
The failed pilot for a spin-off of Lily and her sister, which starred 'Brittany Snow' (qv as a younger Lily, would have also contained younger versions of characters from The O.C. (2003) (which was also produced by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz), linking the two worlds.
Since most fans couldn't afford to buy the high-end designer brands that the characters wore, Costume designer Eric Daman teamed up with Christine Cybelle (aka Charlotte Russe) to create a Gossip Girl-inspired line.
Connor Paolo may not have had a dramatic on-screen exit, but his off-screen exit was at least a little bit shady. He left Gossip Girl (2007) with short (no?) notice for a role on Revenge (2011) and said he couldn't imagine a scenario that would have brought him back.
The Empire Hotel that Chuck owned is a real hotel. After fans swarmed the hotel, the bar at The Empire started serving Gossip Girl-themed cocktails, including an "XOXO" cocktail with secret ingredients that they'll never tell.
Dan was almost revealed to be Gossip Girl in the pilot episode; in a test screening, audiences assumed that Dan was GG because of a shot where he's typing as the voiceover happens, so they edited the scene.
In the final episode, it's revealed that Jenny and Blair finally mended their friendship: Jenny carries a "J by Waldorf" bag, which Stephanie Savage revealed meant that she had her own line with Blair's company.