Eventually, they went with the (then) lesser known actresses Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, because they 'captured the essence' of the stories.
Ed is actually from Hitchen, just outside of London. Two of his songs were featured in the season one episode, ' School Lies.' They were home-schooled together as 11-year-olds.
In the first series of GG Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford played the best friends Nate and Chuck, in next seasons, they had their differences, some mistakes were made in the past to ruin their friendship, but still they remained good lads and helped each other no matter what.
Who went on to provide the voice for Anna in Disney's hit WATCH: Gossip Girl - Then and Now The two actresses appear to be auditioning for a film adaptation of Dan's novel. So Vanessa actually appears in Carrie Bradshaw's '80s kitchen.
He turned down the role twice, and had to be convinced into taking it by producer Stephanie Savage. She plays a guest at a Constance Billard mixer event.
PHOTOS: Gossip Girl cast, then and now Westwick, 26, attended the GREAT British Film Reception in Hancock Park on March 1, where he told Us Weekly that he sent Meester, 27, a congratulatory text upon hearing the news of her marriage.
Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick are pals in real life too, they used to live in the same apartment while they were both in NY, and now they are happy to spend time together whenever they can.
In TV series Gossip Girl Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester played an exceptional couple Blair and Chuck whose love story was as much dramatic as Romeo and Juliet’s or Elizabeth and Darcy’s.