Leighton Meester for Allure: completely awkward or totally adorable?

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Leighton Meester is the cover girl for the January issue of Allure Magazine, to promote her supporting role in Country Strong, the musical that was just SHUT OUT of the Golden Globes (poor Goopy). I know many of you don’t care about her, but I really like Leighton. I think she’s way prettier than Blake Lively, and more interesting too. I think she’s pretty in that really adorable/cute way, much like Rachel McAdams, who I think looks like she could be Leighton’s sister. But why did Allure take such a cute girl and make her pose like this for the cover? It’s so… awkward. And fug. It makes it seem like the real cover star is Leighton’s arm, not her face. Ugh. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On the Chuck and Blair love affair:
“I can really relate to it–not necessarily because it’s this dramatic, tumultuous relationship, but because the way they love each other is very real, and not for the sake of being dramatic. It’s actual love. There’s nobody for each other but them.”

On her former life as a partier:
“We had craaaazy parties, we had DJ’s, bands, an ice luge, a fire twirler. One of my roommates burned off her bangs on the stove trying to light a cigarette.”

On Country Strong:
Meester has a string of promising movies on the way, including Country Strong, a Nashville drama in which she sings and costars with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. “Gwyneth’s just chilled out, well-balanced,” Meester says. She’s not uppity in any way. She’s got a family and kids and a really healthy lifestyle.” And her take on McGraw? “He’s a prankster, a flirt. He’ll make up a little song about you. He’s got a devious twinkle in his eye.” When Country Strong wrapped, Paltrow and McGraw presented Meester with a meaningful parting gift: “A guitar,” she says, with a flicker of pride. It has become Meester’s constant travel companion; she’s teaching herself to play and has begun writing songs that are very different from the perky dance music she’s recorded in the past. “The stuff I’m doing now is a little more complementary to my heart and my vibe,” she says.

On her ex, Sebastian Stan:
In her early 20s, Meester was in a relationship with actor Sebastian Stan, who appeared on Gossip Girl, but she’s enjoying being single these days. “I don’t see the point in dating. I hate it,” she says. “It’s wonderful to be in love. And it’s definitely wonderful to cuddle and have sex and get to experience life with somebody. But it’s OK if you don’t find him and you’re 24. You can find it someday.”

On the supposed rivalry with costar Blake Lively:
For years, the actress has batted away speculation of friction between herself and Gossip Girl costar Blake Lively. “It’s unfortunate when women are pitted against each other,” Meester says. “Like with Sex and the City. People say, ‘They’re jealous of each other.’ Come on! They’re all rich, successful, great actresses.” In a breathless voice, she mocks the male-driven stereotype of the Hollywood catfight: “‘When women fight, it’s usually with pillows and in bras and panties! Sometimes, they accidentally kiss!’”

On working out:
“I hate working out for the sake of working out—it’s a chore. I hate going to the gym, and I don’t really care to do it,” says Meester. “The one thing I love is yoga, and I do it at least four or five times a week. It’s pretty fast-paced. I never get bored.”

On her love life:
“It’s wonderful to be in love. And it’s definitely wonderful to cuddle and have sex and get to experience life with somebody. But it’s OK if you don’t find him and you’re 24. You can find it someday.”

[From Allure & HuffPo]

See, she’s a better interview too, as opposed to Blake Lively’s Anna Wintour name-dropping. I would like to see Leighton with someone really interesting too – part of me wants to see her with Ed Westwick, but that’s probably a no-go. Who is single? Let’s see… Garrett Hedlund? Ooh… how about Colin Farrell? THAT would be hot.

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Photos courtesy of Allure.

 

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  1. DetRiotgirl says:

    The last picture is way more awkward than the cover.

  2. saintdevil says:

    Thank you Leighton for your words of wisdom. I am relieved that it is ok to be single at the ripe old age of 24.

  3. Rasputina says:

    Farrell is too old. I vote for Hedlund. I’d rather have him for myself of course, but since Leighton is śuch a girl crush of mine, she can have him. Squeeee!

  4. jen says:

    She’d be a good Natalie Wood if they ever decide to do bio-pic about her.

  5. Ferguson. says:

    I love her, so much.

    Leighton and Colin? HOT INDEED!

  6. Javagirl1 says:

    I agree, she’s way more pretty and interesting than Blake Lively…and a better actress..

  7. normades says:

    I wish she would give up the music bit and concentrate on acting and kill Blake’s thunder. Team Leighton! She is so cute and seems fun and not full of herself.

  8. Eve says:

    @ Kaiser:

    You forgot Anthony Mackie! He’s single, and they’re flirty at an award recently (can’t remember which).

    I agree, she’s prettier and a lot more interesting than Lively.

  9. Obvious says:

    these pics are jacked, which is sad she’s a beautiful girl, and way more talented then lively-but SHE won’t sleep her way to the top.

  10. Novaraen says:

    She has the biggest b*tch-face on that cover shot.

    Pretty girl…but that last picture is really odd. Her posture on that chair is odd too…just weird all around. lol

  11. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I like the cover alot but the those wet pictures are awful.

  12. elisa says:

    That last pic is all kinds of awkward.
    This is the story…

    Leighton woke up in the morning and it was just a panties-and-bra only kind of day, but then she looked at the sky and thought, well it looks like rain so let me throw on this transparent LV raincoat too. You know, just in case, but I still want to show off my panties and bra!

    Then it did rain, and she got all wet in the 2nd pic. The only thing to do, of course, was to dry off and get a gin & tonic inside this nearby hotel bar, which for some reason is filled only with hot men in suits. Oh, and she picked that seat in particular because of the way anyone sitting in it is spotlighted so they glow.

    All kidding aside, I do like her, and it’s a nice interview. But the pics are horrid.

  13. elisa says:

    oops I meant a martini with olive…got my drinks mixed up!

  14. Ruby Red Lips2 says:

    Terrible photos – what were they thinking! They look cheap and nasty and done in 10 mins…Leighton pick and choose a bit more carefully in future, these make you look cheap

  15. flutters says:

    Gahhhh…these Gossip Girl actors/actresses have annoyingly active PR teams! I know they have to promote their projects and all but their publicists are going to make me actively root against them.

    I still remember that NY Mag article where they outed Meester’s publicist for planting a Page Six item about her getting cozy at some NYC eatery with a hot guy…who turned out to be the author of the article and who gleefully reported that he was gay and definitely wasn’t getting physical with her during the interview.

    Meester is as cute as a button but these pictures are not her best. Her PR team is working overtime to make her happen. I only have a little more tolerance for her team than I do for Blake Lively’s team. At the end of the day I think both Gossip Girls ladies are average Hollywood talents and not especially interesting. Meester’s been the beneficiary of some sharp writing on GG though but that was early.

  16. Mika says:

    Love her. She has crazy comic timing on Gossip Girl, I think I actually fast forward through the scenes she’s not in.

  17. Bodhi says:

    Colin? Maybe in a few years, she isn’t there yet. I like her sooo much better than Blake.

    Yoga isn’t really supposed to be faced paced…

  18. Anna says:

    I don’t know who Leighton Meester is but judging by those whack pics, especially that last one, I don’t need or want to either.

  19. di butler says:

    Leighton is awesome. Those pics suck.

  20. Jeri says:

    She’s beautiful and my favorite of the GG cast. I think she’ll have a long lasting career and not just as “the girlfriend” or in “rom-coms.”

  21. Ash says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more on this article :)

  22. I Choose Me says:

    Like her wayyyy better than Blake Lively. She’s a better actor, better looking and seems more down to earth.

  23. Hakura says:

    Does anyone else see a weird sort of resemblance (in the last picture) with ‘Kate Winslet’? When she had dark hair, earlier on in her career? Or am I the only one? xD

    I don’t know this girl, but I don’t care for the ‘soaking wet’ pictures, that’s so hard to pull off.

  24. fallen says:

    I really like her too, way better than Blake and she’s way prettier.

  25. LolaBella says:

    She’s a pretty girl and yes, ITA that she looks like Kate Winslet in that last (totally jacked) pic. It reminds me of when ‘Rose’ was shivering on the door in Titanic with the wet hair plastered on her face.

    I do hope that Leighton gets more and better acting opportunities once GG is over. It’s a shame that she easily out acts Boobs Legsly, yet Boobs gets all of the good roles and opportunities.

    I thinks Leighton and Andrew Garfield from The Social Network and the Spider Man reboot would make a good couple.

  26. Hakura says:

    @LolaBella (#27)- I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed! It so strongly reminded me that I had to pull up pictures to prove I wasn’t nuts.

    She is very pretty =) I just think the ‘wet look’ is risky as a rule. You can either come off looking really high fashion, and sexy… or like a drowned rat. (No offense to Leighton as she usually appears, however.)

  27. kimberly says:

    She’s beautiful, but still she doesn’t pull off those obvious sexy poses.