And we’re not talking pussycat! Vanity Fair has this giant volume on the history of Gossip Girl to commemorate the tenth anniversary from when it first aired. If you read it, you’d think it got M*A*S*H* kind of ratings instead of being the CW’s first swing at the television piñata. You’d also think it should have been called BLAKE LIVELY!!! (and a bunch of nobody teen actors). They really focus in on Blake.
I had to go check Blake’s Wikipedia page because its “Blake Lively had quit acting” opener made it sound like she was in her late 40s and scraping by with a job at a Denny’s by LAX when she wasn’t getting passed over at auditions to be an extra in a commercial for a 1-900 number. But she was 18, fresh from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and gearing up to go to Columbia.
Vanity Fair sort of breezes through the rest of the cast in order to get right to Blake Lively, and thank GOD they did, because we found out some weird-ass dating ritual Blake would do with her one-time boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio. Blake was filming a movie and, because she’s the only person on the cast who mattered, they shifted Gossip Girl production to Los Angeles to accommodate her. While there, she, erm, well…we aren’t sure what she was doing:
“We learned a lot from Blake,” [Joshua] Safran said. “When I think about shooting the L.A. episodes, Blake was dating [DiCaprio] at the time, and she had this thing where she had a doll that she took photos of that she sent to Leo. Blake was way ahead of the curve. It was pre-Instagram. She was documenting her life in photographs in a way that people were not yet doing.”
What the hell were you learning, that Leo might be into doll play? And are we talking Flat Stanley kind of stuff, where you’re supposed to take a photo of everywhere you take him? Like, “Hi, Leo! Here are Fake Blake and Real Blake at the craft service table! Don’t worry, we won’t eat that non-organic sleeve of Oreos. Blech!” Or was this doll the blow-up variety that you get at a “bookstore” by the airport? Why didn’t you use some of your investigative journalism chops on THAT, Vanity Fair?!
Actually, depending on the lighting, it could be hard to tell the difference between plastic fake Blake and real Blake. So maybe she was just trying to hold on to Leo by showing him that he was getting a two-for-one special on blondes by dating her? That’s a better deal than Chili’s at happy hour!