Blake Lively refuses to sign onto a ‘Gossip Girl’ movie, thinks it’s a ‘terrible idea’

I managed to go all this time without ever watching a full episode of Gossip Girl. I hear the first season was good, but the show went downhill steadily season after season. Something like that. Anyway, Blake finally finished filming Gossip Girl this year. To her credit (I guess), she fulfilled her contract with little fuss, and producers bent over backwards to accommodate her growing film career. It pains me to acknowledge that Blake was always the breakout star from Gossip Girl, not Leighton Meester. I love Leighton. I think she’s incredibly pretty and while she’s not some crazy-talented actress… neither is Blake, you know? If we’re setting up a competition between Leighton and Blake, Leighton > Blake.

Anyway, Gossip Girl is over and Blake is pretty much the only one who is totally happy about it. The rest of the cast would like to make a Gossip Girl movie. Only Blake refuses to sign on!

Blake Lively is infuriating her former Gossip Girl castmates by refusing to take part in a big-screen adaptation!

“She’s being pressured on all sides to sign on,” reports a spy close to the cast, “but she thinks it’s a terrible idea and is desperate to avoid the project.”

Blake’s ex-colleagues are begging her to reconsider.

“Blake feels terrible for them, because she knows some are desperate for work, but she says she’s doing them all a favor… she’s convinced a Gossip Girl flick would flop even worse than her other movies, Green Lantern and Savages. She’s sticking to her guns on this one.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

It reminds me of all of those stories about Jennifer Aniston refusing to do Friends reunion projects or alleged Friends movies because Aniston thought that it was beneath her standing as a movie star. By the way, I do believe most of those Aniston stories were BS, and this might be too. You can yell at Blake for a lot of things (not opening her mouth to speak, being a crappy actress, etc), but she’s always seemed like a total professional. This kind of story hurts her image. If she is refusing to do anything Gossip Girl-related, it might not be because she thinks it’s “beneath” her. It might be because she’s just doing this “honeymoon” thing with Ryan Reynolds and she doesn’t want to work right now. From what I keep reading, she’s doing some hardcore nesting, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if she had a pregnancy announcement sometime soon.

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    • V4Real says:

      I’m betting it’s Ryan who thinks it’s a bad idea.

      • mercy says:

        Then he’s right lol. There’s nothing to this story. It’s the Star, it has already been denied (‘Blake didn’t even know there was a Gossip Girl movie’), and the identity of Gossip Girl was revealed in the last episode, so what’s left?

      • V4Real says:

        I have never watched an entire episode of GG; I glanced at it once but I just couldn’t. I’m glad Leighton’s career is still going strong; I actually like her. She has a big project coming up with Robert Downey Jr.; she will be staring in “The Judge” with him. I’m oh so jealous.

    • Sherry says:

      I agree. The series ended on a great note. No reason to make a film, IMO.

    • EllaM says:

      I’m with you on that. The film would be a flop and the young actors from GG are all working, especially Leighton. She wasn’t looking for the spotlight like Blake and I don’t think she is unhappy with her career right now. None of the main cast members should have problems to find work, even Jessica Szohr has 6 projects on IMdB right now…

      I don’t think that Blake is unprofessional or thinks the movie was beneath her. She could have pulled the diva card like Katherine Heigl did on Grey’s long time ago and concentrate on her movie career instead, but she didn’t. I think it’s more like with Robsten and Twilight: They don’t sh-t on it, but the chapter is closed, there will be no return.

      If Blake says, the she won’t do the movie, because it will be a flop and hurt her career – that’s very professional for me. That’s something the ladies from the Sex and the City cast should have done…

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Although the SATC films were silly and scoffed at, they made major dollars. From Wiki

        SATC 1st film: 65M, Budget… 415M Box Office
        2nd Film: 95M Budget…305M Box Office

        720M for two very cheesy/overrated movies – not too shabby. Those women laughed all the way to the bank. That being said, I would say there was a much bigger following of that series than GG.

      • mercy says:

        Leighton was very much looking for the spotlight at one point. She was photographed at more fashion shows, social functions and whatnot than even Blake. Check the archives of sites like Just Jared. She has turned her attention more towards her music in the past couple of years and moved to L.A. after Gossip Girl finally ended. I hope she does do more on the acting side if that’s what she wants.

  1. Eve says:


    The only time Lively was (remotely) interesting was when she was DiCRAPprio’s flavour of the month.

  2. Felicia says:

    I call BS. I think the only cast members that would want a movie are the parents. The younger cast isn’t interested in revisiting it so quickly. Maybe in a year or so but not now. The show has been over a hot minute.

    Gotta ask, why does Blake Lively get so many negative rumors? I’ve only heard good things about her from people who’ve worked with her. Granted these have just been crew people but they still count.

    • Mia 4S says:

      Before the “haters gonna hate, jealous!!” people get in (which is a lazy explanation); she gets negative rumours because the attention she got faaaaar outpaced her actual talent. Beautiful girls are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. It happens to almost every actor who gets a big break. For the ones with real talent, it passes. She’s mediocre, so it didn’t.

      • Felicia says:

        I understand what you’re saying and I agree that the attention she’s garnered is greater than her actual talent. So I don’t blame people for being “Meh” about her. But I’m talking about the “whorish” rumors that she broke up or caused trouble in multiple relationships (Ryan & Scarlett, Ben Affleck & Jen Garner, etc) the rumors that she’s a diva bitch, etc. The rumors about her are rather malicious – as if she’s pissed someone off.

      • Mia 4S says:

        Ah yes I understand now. Well I’ve haven’t heard any more of the diva bitch thing than the usual the actors seem to get. It’s a go to rumour on twitter/tumblr/blog for every waiter/valet they don’t tip enough or fan they don’t have time for a photo with. Pointless gossip really.

        The other thing is more complicated and likely has a bit more truth. Sort of a where there is smoke, there is fire thing. Affair stories are common and are usually quietly discounted or discredited. Yet these persisted? I think she was a young girl who made some stupid choices and earned herself a reputation that will hurt her in the long run (she needs to call Kate Bosworth and ask about Chris Martin). Not the first, won’t be the last.

      • mercy says:


        Consider the source of those rumours and their motives.

    • Jegede says:

      @Felicia what mercy said &
      The phrase haters gonna hate might be redundant but its absolutely true. Leighton has been in more movies, has fashion contracts, wears Marchesa etc but her fans insist she’s been wronged by Blake. Only the other day someone claimed she got Green Lantern cause she nailed Ryan Reynolds never mind the fact that Reynolds was not even the studio’s first choice and had no power but why let logic get in the way
      There is not a shred of evidence on the rumors and s8itfest thrown at Blake they persist simply because the hate is strong. Bordering on obsessive. Which is why when Kaiser makes a Leighton/Emma post their fans don’t comment as much. Whereas dastardly Blake posts go into the 50s for some reason. Throw in the Lainey sheeple and Scarlett fans and you have yourself a partay!!!!!!!!!!
      Makes me like the girl more to be honest

    • Bridget says:

      There are a lot of very, very loud rumors that she’s no stranger to the casting couch. From pretty much every gossip site around. Beyond that, the Affleck rumor has at this point pretty much been taken a fact – especially since those naked pics that were leaked we’re of her in her Town makeup.

      • mercy says:

        A rumour is still just a rumour no matter how loudly it’s yelled. The more often the rumour is circulated, the more things gets lost in translation. Case in point, the infamous Weinstein blind which said the actress in question got a role in spite of his efforts to block her and she may have not even been aware of his intentions. That has oft been misconstrued and repeated as a ‘casting couch’ rumour, even though the blind said the opposite and she has never even been in a Weinstein production.

        She and Affleck were in the same location working on a movie. She could have knocked on his door and shown him the goods if that was her intention. Her boyfriend in NY probably would have appreciated them.

      • Sarabeth says:

        @Mercy Come on, give it up. The Affleck rumor is pretty widely known to be true, even by Lainey who for god knows what reason keeps trying to make her happen as a major baller. She slept with a married man, or married men, is likely no stranger to the casting couch and just doesn’t have a modicum of talent. She’s talentless and wooden and the only reason she has a career is due to sexual favors, family nepotism and ALL of that plastic surgery.

      • @Sarabeth says:

        Mercy gave a lucid rational response to a question by a poster.

        I’ve read through these posts going by your other remarks – Blake is a “try hard generic butterface, and a wooden,talentless, sl8t, wh*re”. Anything against her is true anyone whoso speaks for her is PR. Its clear how you opine.(Although I wonder why those who hate her sososo can’t stop reading on her)
        How is the Affleck rumor widely known to be true? What proof is there? There were also MANY rumors of Ben with Rebbecca Hall and Olga K, I admit sans proof as well, but for some reason those do not seem to give the gossip sites juice.
        The internet insisting on something taking Chinese Whispers to legend and folklore is down to the power of stans/haters and nothing to do with truth/fact/rationale. (i.e Beyonce pregnancy/baby rumors)
        There is no need to badger those of us who disagree with you which I definitely do, and no amount of you insisting/ repeating slurs will change that for me and I know vice versa.
        But there is no need to harrangue anyone else to “COME ON” and go on a diatribe.
        Especially when the question is answered with neither hysterics nor personal attacks.
        If anything your rage filled post only proves Jegede’s above points were absolutley correct
        Well said Mercy.

  3. Lizzie says:

    I call BS on all of this. By the end of GG, all the cast were openly saying they were glad to be done with it. Penn Badgley especially was openly mocking the show.

  4. gee says:

    I love Leighton Meester too!

    Also, my sister-in-law used to be an extra and apparently the other extras would say the gossip girl cast was the absolute worst.

  5. Yellowshaba says:

    I don’t like to compare the two either but I always thought Leighton got the short end of the stick. I feel leighton is a more versatile actress, She makes better fashion choices And I think roundabout is way prettier. Blake to me is a big ball of Meh on top of a buttaface.

  6. Jess says:

    The Friends cast are on the record saying all the girls wanted to do a movie and the guys didn’t. I think Jennifer and Courteney would still jump at the chance, but the three guys are totally dismissive of any movie talk.

    I don’t think this is true because no one but the diehards cared about Gossip Girl beyond the third season. Some cast members might want a movie, but that doesn’t mean someones actually wanting to produce the thing.

  7. Grace says:

    Good for her. Sarah Jessica Parker made SITC a joke with her need for the bucks a remake would bring. She has even said she would do a third movie and that would be a disaster.

  8. Barrett says:

    What is up with the plastic boob shelf?

  9. Eleonor says:

    She is right, I all the movies tv-series related I’ve seen aren’t good.

  10. danni says:

    she’s a realy bat actress ,so in her case ,it doesn’t or not do the movie, you wont get the oscar.
    in the case of sara jessica , she did a big mistake, because she isn’t bad actress, and the movie was awful.

  11. Lolly says:

    Please no. The first season was bearable but the other seasons were so bad. I’m suprised it even lasted this long. Talk about a crap fest. With the exception of Leighton, Ed & Penn the rest of the cast could have been replaced with card board cutouts. The show was just pretty people reciting lines with a modicum of expression or believabity. Jessica Shorz(sp?) was especially bad

  12. Talie says:

    This sounds like it was planted by Blake’s PR because, um, Leighton Meester just signed on to a movie with Robery Downey Jr. She’s going just fine.

    • mercy says:

      It has been denied by Blake’s rep.

    • Jegede says:

      Huh? Why would Blake’s PR plant a story that makes her look a b8tch and diva??

      Leighton’s role in this movie was only recently confirmed and this Star ‘story’ has been doing the rounds all week.

      Also Blake has pretty much ststed her focus is family now, I doubt she or any of the other GG cast are losing sleep over hwat the others are doing.

      There was recent tabloid story that claimed Blake was to play the role of Freddie Mercury’s girlfriend in his upcoming biopic. It was dismissed as tabloid BS. Is it not possible that this story is tabloid BS as well?? *smh*

  13. Elena says:

    The last few seasons of “Gossip Girl” weren’t good at all. I know it is a made up story and all, but it became nothing more than “everybody sleeps with everybody”. Very dull to watch, especially with the strong start they had.
    In the end, there was not much dignity left, it should have been over a long time ago.
    A movie is a bad idea and Blake is right not wanting to be a part of it.

  14. Vivian says:

    I watched all of GG because of Leighton lol. I actually think she is good actress and it was fun to watch Blaire. I think this story is BS because fans know that ALL of the cast was ready to move on. Leighton will be fine and it would be interesting to see where she goes with her career. She just finished filming a movie with Ben Barnes before this project with RDJ was announced. This role is actually a minor one but I like that she takes on all types of roles, not just leads.

  15. Vic says:

    Please. No one from the cast wants to do the movie, it’s unfair to place the blame on Blake. You could tell how happy they all were when it ended.

  16. QueenFreddie says:

    Okay this is a bit off topic: I’ve heard rumors that Blake Lively is in talks to play Mary Austin in the upcoming film about the band Queen. Mary was Freddie Mercury’s ( the lead singer and played by Sacha Baron Cohrn) ex. Which means Blake would have to pull off a British accent. I honestly don’t know if she can or not but from what I hear she’s not the greatest actress.

    • Relli says:

      I cannot imagine Mumbles Not-so-Livley even attempting an accent of any sort.

    • mercy says:

      That was a report in The Sun. They seem to be the go to tabloid for whomever is charged with keeping this Freddie Mercury movie in the news. Every week is a new rumour. It seems like it has been going on for years now. It will be interesting to see if any of their rumours pan out – IF the movie ever gets made, that is. I hope it does get made, with or without her.

      She might be able to pull off a Brit with the proper training, though consistently convincing accents have eluded even more experienced actors. In her two best roles to date, imo, she played southerners.

  17. Cali says:

    I hadn’t watched Gossip Girl, either, but I rented Season 1 and burned through it. It’s great fun to watch one after the other, but once I was caught up to the currently-airing season, I lost interest. Watching it all at once without week breaks makes it more likeable. lol

    I agree on Leighton. She is a good actress and definitely was the breakout, to me. Blake was boring and couldn’t act well at all. She was flat flat flat.

    I’ll bet money that Penn Badgley would never agree to it, either. He’s going to get better roles once his Jeff Buckley flick releases.

  18. Sarah says:

    I don’t see Penn Badgley being anxious to do a movie so quickly, especially since he seemed to hate being on the show the last two years.

  19. TheOneAndOnly says:

    That’s why i visit this site for interesting gossip; thanks for the info emmastonewannabe and gee;
    She’s right – consider, my fav comedy is Seinfeld – rated best comedy ever by some – but I wouldn’t want to see a Seinfeld movie, the series was more than enough.

  20. Angie says:

    The entire cast, particularly leighton and penn, were very openly relieved to finally be done with this show and move on to other things. They were both even a bit dismissive of the quality of the show at times and didn’t seem to care for it at all by the end. I am no Blake Lively fan but she was definitely the most professional on that front, never saying a bad word about it or expressing any huge relief, even if all of those statements by others were totally true and understandable. A few of the older actors on the show openly mocked some of the storylines on their twitters. No one involved is dying for a movie, is my point. Anyway, this story is definitely a complete fabrication.

    As for the show, after the ep left in s4 and the show creators p much took over, they did a crazy 180 in the current storylines that made me think he was fired for taking the show in a direction the majority of fans weren’t in it to see. It was actually a decent direction, some quality character development (considering), but the GG audience very vocally didn’t wanna see all that, so he left, things stopped making sense for awhile, and then everything ended very predictably (the young fans practically wrote it for the writers, over twitter). It was embarrassing to see and I personally wouldn’t pay to see more.

    I adore Leighton. Leighton > Blake all the way. Blake may have been the breakout star with males in the industry — casting directors, etc, but I’d make a safe bet that Leighton is more of a breakout star with fans, if that makes sense.

    • CatieB says:

      Blake, Leighton, Ed, Chace and Penn were all happy and relieved the show was over but most of them were gracious about it in interviews. The only cast member that was unprofessional and dismissive about the show’s quality was Penn Badgley and you can find interviews going back to Season 1 were he did that. Check Vulture. He always hated his character and hated being stuck on a teen show. The older actors, Matt and Kelly, are actually the only ones excited by the prospect of a movie. Check their twitters. So I agree that this story about Blake being the only hold out is complete BS.

      Leighton and Blake were both very classy, gracious and professional about Gossip Girl not just Blake. Leighton said she was thrilled with how Blair’s story ended and even went so far as to say the final season was great. Check EOnline and the Gossip Girl twitter. She wasn’t openly critical about the show’s writing and quality at all. Certainly not the way Penn was and had always been. Personally I thought the final season was garbage so I was impressed with her ability to fake enthusiasm for it. JMO but the first two seasons were great and the last two were completely dreadful. The ratings were so bad in Season 5 they only got 10 episodes to wrap it up for Season 6. That’s why the storylines took such an abrupt turn – not because fans “wrote” the finale season. I don’t know a single fan that wanted a final season dominated by boring guest stars like Barry Watson and the chicks that played Amira and Sage, ludicrous storylines like horses = oil and undead Bart, and the only sexy scenes being between the vomit-inducing Rufus and Ivy. No fan wanted that. lol

  21. Tara says:

    Man, she’s so boring I totally agree with Leighton > Blake she’s incredibly fake, and as someone who has watched GG from beginning to end she was incredibly dull throughout

  22. missiecoco says:

    is she really in a position to be this choosey?

  23. Felicia says:

    Just wanted to thank @Jegede, @bridget, @Mia 4S and @mercy for their answers to my question about negative Blake Lively rumors. This could qualify as another one that paints her in a bad light. So many people take it as gospel truth but as I said above I don’t believe for a second she’s the only cast member against a film. They’re all young and want to explore other things and the series has only been over a few months.

  24. Marianne says:

    She might also not want to do one because she’s been Serena for so long and probably just wants to break-away from that for awhile.