Adam Brody gushes about wife Leighton Meester: ‘The strongest, best person I know’

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Adam Brody appeared on Anna Faris’ podcast, Unqualified. I don’t think he has anything to promote right now so I think he was probably just doing Anna a solid by coming on as her guest. Adam and wife Leighton Meester just welcomed their second child, a son, in September, so they’ve both been sticking close to home these days. Well, that and you know – the pandemic. But Adam had a little time on his hands, so he decided to call into Anna’s podcast and talk about how incredible his wife is. He also talked about the first time he actually met Leighton, which was a chance encounter at an LA institution, Canter’s Deli.

For a few years after they met, Adam Brody assumed Leighton Meester wasn’t a good person. It was only after they started dating in 2013 that he came to realize “she’s literally like Joan of Arc.”

Adam revealed that he met his future wife around the same time that his breakout show, The O.C., was coming to an end and her hit, Gossip Girl, was just getting started. (The O.C. ended on Fox in 2007, the same year Gossip Girl first aired on The CW).

The chance encounter occurred at Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles nearly 15 years ago.

“Josh Schwartz produced both shows and literally the first time we met, that whole cast was eating at Canter’s and I lived at Canter’s for like my entire 20s,” he explained. “And I was leaving, and he introduced all of us.”

He “bumped into” Leighton two or three times over the next couple of years, before they were both eventually cast in the 2011 movie The Oranges.

“We did this movie together,” he said. “I was seeing someone at the time… So we met kind of through mutual work friends off and on. And then we didn’t get together about a year after that movie, when I was single.”

“I was very attracted to her from jump. She’s a heavenly creature,” Adam gushed. “I thought she was gorgeous. And even when we did the movie, there was chemistry there, but I was seeing someone.”

Yet, he had to confess, “But I had no idea whether she was a good person or not. And, in fact, kind of assumed she probably wasn’t for like the first handful of years that I didn’t know her, just because, I don’t know, Gossip Girl.”

Adam continued his story, saying, “And I was like, ‘Oh, she’s cool.’ But I still didn’t know, and that continued even to when we first started dating… And come to find out she’s literally like Joan of Arc. She is the strongest, best person I know. She is my moral compass and North Star, and I just can’t say enough good things about her character. It’s crazy.”

[From E! via Just Jared]

Adam is one of those people that I cannot read his quotes without hearing his voice, which made this story that much more enjoyable. As a big fan of Canters Deli, I have to believe any relationship that originated there has to be blessed in some way. It’s like the Lordes of Los Angeles. I hate to be *that* gossip right now, but I didn’t watch either The O.C. or Gossip Girl – I know they were good, but real teen dramas, right? Like borderline soap-operas? I only ask because I love how two of the leads end up in this wholesome love story where they couldn’t date because they were seeing other people and they aren’t the type to cheat. So they just waited until the time was right and now Adam’s out here talking about Leighton being his moral compass because she’s Joan of Arc. That’s dreamy. He went on to say that she’s never been rude to anyone and that, “no genuine person has a bad thing to say about her.” The caveat about “genuine people” is that Leighton will tell a paparazzo trying to get her to sign risqué photos for profit to take a hike, but Adam respects her ability to stand up to them. Even Adam’s O.C. and real-life ex, Rachel Bilson, recently gushed to Dax Shepard about how amazing Adam and Leighton are together. It’s just so nice all around… and so not teen drama-y.

I loved the part where Adam admitted he judged Leighton by her Gossip Girl character. I’m guilty of that, but my mom is worse. Val Kilmer was persona non-grata in our house after Top Gun. Thank gawd for Tombstone, it gave Val permanent redemption. But I love that actors are guilty of the same judgements. And what a testament to Leighton’s portrayal of Blair if she even had a fellow actor deceived by her bad girl facade. Also, how nice is it that Bad Girl Blair is really this sweetheart that no one can say a bad word about?

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  1. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Seth got hot!!!

  2. Watson says:

    I like the fact that Leighton was so good at being Blair that Adam couldn’t separate the actor from the character. I don’t blame him though as she carried the entire show despite Blake Lively’s fame overshadowing Leighton’s talent.

    • Emily says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Leighton carried the show.

      She’s an example of how celebrities can choose, to some extent, how famous they are. Blake courted attention early on.

    • Alissa says:

      yeah, I don’t know why either her or Adam haven’t had a bigger career. they were both the best parts of their hit shows, and I’ve enjoyed them in everything I’ve seen them in. plus they both seem like genuinely nice people.

      although it sounds like they’re very comfortable and happy, so who knows.

    • SM says:

      yes, from what I saw, Leighton was the one carrying the show, as opposed to the mumbling psycho Ed Westwick or the tranquillised horse Blake not so Lively. It is beyond me how Blake came out the star of the show instead of Leighton.

      • Lee says:

        I agree with all the comments up above.
        Leighton was the best part of the cast, she’s sadly underrated. But I guess that happens when you’re not thirsty for attention, like Lively.

      • milliemollie says:

        “Blake not so Lively” :D:D:D

  3. Ohlala says:

    Today I wish someone was talking about me this way.. 🙄 maybe should accept that might end up alone

    • EMc says:

      Chin up, Ohlala! Not every man can articulate their love this way (I’m married to an engineer who is very left brain, he certainly can’t), but there are other ways to show your love. In the meantime girl, love yourself. We women are fantastic.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      it’s so cute! I love how into her he is.

  4. nutella toast says:

    So relieved to see a celebrity couple in a home…not a house, a home. It looks like people live there and laugh there and actually like each other. It’s not cavernous hallways with grey everywhere and no color. I love their vibe.

    • Alissa says:

      I agree! Taylor Swift’s homes are one of the only other celebrities that I’ve seen the inside and it looks like a place someone would actually live, not a sad museum.

    • Case says:

      I thought the same thing, but after looking at the caption, I think that photo might be from a TV set!

  5. Ellie says:

    It’s interesting what’s implied about Blake Lively here, whether he meant to or not. Supposedly they didn’t really get along on the set of Gossip Girl.

  6. Harper says:

    The O.C. is deeper than just a teen drama and not in the same category as Gossip Girl, which is flashy and basically shallow but fun. It’s still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Blake Lively broke into the movies and Leighton didn’t because Leighton lit up the screen in every episode. The O.C. was so much more than Mischa Barton. Adam’s Seth Cohen was brilliant–both hilarious and heartstring-tugging. I just love the fact that Adam and Leighton got together in the end.

  7. Darla says:

    They really were each the best part of their respective shows.

  8. Betsy says:

    Hecate – have your mother read Sh*t Actually by Lindy West. Ice gets redeemed and then some!

    I have a real soft spot for Leighton Meester; she looks a little bit like my mom. I also really liked her (and Garrett Hedlund) in Country Strong. “Summer Girls” and “Somebody to Love” are longtime faves, even if the video and song for Somebody to Love feature that creeper Robin Thicke.

  9. Case says:

    Leighton was so great as Blair. She absolutely carried that show, she’s so talented.

    I really like this couple. They seem pretty normal and down-to-earth.

    • Lee says:

      They seem well matched and down to earth. Also like the fact they do not court media’a attention via social unlike some other famous couple, for example her former colleague Lively and Reynolds.

  10. Emmy Rae says:

    I don’t know these two particular celebrities but from the preview photo I thought this would be a post about two actor siblings! They look SO alike. I guess their kids will be pretty recognizable.

    I’m happy for them, though.

    • ab says:

      Yup. I like them both but it has always been weird to me that they are a couple because they look like siblings.

  11. Hello mar says:

    He has a new? movie called “The Kid Detective” which he seems to be doing press for (even though release date says Oct 2020) anyway I loved them on Single Parents and am pretty sure I saw them walking together at the beach…so beautiful, both of them.

    And I miss going to Canter’s Deli….sigh

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I heard him on a podcast talking about it. He was great, funny and personable and humble and also seems to have the soul of an artist.

      I haven’t watched The OC but really want to, it’s not on any streaming service I have.

  12. Renee says:

    I love these two together. They will always be Seth and Blair to me. I think they should do something together like a movie or series. I don’t understand how Adam hasn’t had a bigger career. I really like him. He had a small scene in A Promising Young Woman but he was very good in it.
    I love when men genuinely praise their partner. It is so refreshing….Affleck, I’m looking at you.

    • kimmy says:

      Single Parents. He has a guest starring role and she is a lead. Its really cute!

    • sa says:

      I don’t know if this would count as them doing a series together, but Adam (I almost wrote Seth) was on Leighton’s show that ended last year. He played her ex/baby daddy.

  13. LA says:

    I adore these two together. They’re a celebrity couple I’ll freely admit to being weirdly invested in.

  14. Lucy says:

    I love these two, together and separately. I was super attracted to him when he was 20 and that hasn’t changed one bit now that he’s 40.

  15. girl_ninja says:

    They seem so happy and content in their marriage and with their little family. I just kind of smile when I see a photo of them. I feel as though their sincerity is real.

    And they are both so good looking. I know he’s more everyday guy next door type but good looking nonetheless and she is just such a beauty. They are more interesting to me than other couples who are constantly in the press and on social media trying hard to be ‘cute.’

  16. Penguin says:

    Single Parents was such a cute show, not fair that it got cancelled.

  17. nicegirl says:

    Love Leighton!!

  18. molly says:

    I will be legit sad if these two break up. They seem like normal people with abnormal jobs. I hope they’re like SMG and FPJ.

  19. souperkay says:

    Weird that Iceman was verboten in your house since he was right and Maverick was wrong, the entire film tried to make Ice the bad guy for following the rules and being a good pilot. Maverick’s flaunting of the rules was always wrong and unsafe. And Ice was very understanding of Maverick loosing Goose. Maverick was the one who had to grow and learn.

    • sa says:

      Your comment makes me want to watch Top Gun as an adult and see if I have a new perspective on it.

  20. Delphine says:

    I never watched Gossip Girl but I love her so much. Ever since I read about how much she overcame in her early life I have been firmly team Leighton. Girl was born in prison while her mom was serving time.

  21. Cortney says:

    I died inside one day all because Adam Brody ‘liked’ one of my tweets trolling the GOP 😭

  22. Jenn says:

    Love her, love him. Love them individually and together.

    I follow her on Insta, where she rarely posts except, usually, to raise the profile of various underrepresented causes. Super altruistic.

  23. Blerg says:

    Leighton always reminds me of Keeley Hawes, and vice-versa.

    Re: Rachel Bilson…she made a point in that Dax chat of saying she “doesn’t take herself too seriously” (in order to throw shade at Rami Malek), but my daughter and I were in a nail salon at the end of the day maybe eighteen months ago, and Rachel came in with a friend and her kids. FWIW, she takes herself very seriously.