Leighton Meester calls a weekend away ‘terrifying when you have a new baby’

Leighton Meester, the best part of what I guess we now have to call “OG GG” is back on our screens in Netflix movie The Weekend Away and Hulu series How I Met Your Father. In general, Leighton tends to lay low between projects and is only really papped surfing with her husband. Her last role was in the underrated comedy Single Parents, which only lasted two seasons and ended in spring 2020 while we were in the throes of covid. Then she and Adam Brody had a second child, a son, in September 2020. Leighton and Adam are pretty private about their family — we still don’t know their son’s name — but she talked to Cosmo UK about how motherhood helped her relate to her Weekend Away character.

Gossip Girl fans will be happy to know that Leighton Meester is back and better than ever in new Netflix thriller The Weekend Away. In it, she plays Beth, who’s on holiday with BFF Kate, and away from her baby for the first time. When Kate goes missing, a murder enquiry ensues, and Beth must figure out what happened in an attempt to clear her name.

In a new interview with Cosmopolitan UK, Leighton revealed her own experiences of motherhood – she has two children with fellow actor Adam Brody – helped her to relate to how Beth might be feeling.

“I really was excited about playing a new mother who’s having a weekend away for the first time, which is the most exciting and really the most terrifying prospect when you have a new baby,” Leighton said. “So I felt like that was the kind of character that I could very easily relate to, slip into, and have compassion for. When I got the script breakdown it was like a 35-year-old [woman] with a 10-month-old [baby], and I was like, ‘That is exactly me.’”

The actor continued, “The element of being away from your child is very different from when you’re with your child. At least for me. When anything happens, if your kid gets hurt or something happens, that’s your number one concern.

“You have to be the grown up, which is really hard to be even when you are the grown up. [My character Beth] is not with her kid, and that would drive me mad. I would be devastated to be in a situation like that and be thousands of miles away from my kid.”

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I don’t have kids, but find it hard enough to be away from my pet, so I too can relate! It sounds like Adam and the kids were on location with her in Croatia during filming, which must have been really nice. The beautiful backdrop and Leighton’s acting definitely elevated what is otherwise a pretty predictable thriller. She’s a great actress and is convincing at playing different genres and types, unlike other former costars who play themselves in every project.

I was pleasantly surprised when Leighton popped up in How I Met Your Father. The latest episode was the first to feature her character in more than just a flashback. While I’m glad she will have a recurring role and I like Hillary Duff, I wish Leighton was the lead! She really should have been the breakout star of Gossip Girl and I wish she would get a role in a buzzy project more deserving of her talent. That may seem at odds with how private she is, but other actors manage it. Leighton did say that she has new music recorded and ready to release since before the pandemic, so hopefully we’ll see more of her that way.

Photos credit: Ivan Šardi/Netflix and via Instagram

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  1. Noki says:

    Her acting was too good for that movie. I only managed to finish it because i do enjoy ridulously predictable and cheaply acted movies fromt time to time

    • OzJennifer says:

      I couldn’t watch the whole thing, but I did skip to the end to see if it was as silly and predictable as I thought (and it was).

    • Ry says:

      The movie was lifetime at best and only watched it because I like her which wasn’t disappointing. The end, however, no one could elevate or save it. She could’ve been Streep and I’d still feel like I stubbed my foot over and over.

  2. Ang says:

    I watched it, and the whole time I couldn’t stop thinking about how her hair needs trimmed. That really bothers me lol

    • Ry says:

      They attempted to make her dowdy, a tired mom who didn’t try and she was still attractive. But. If you’re going to have the strength to get on a plane and go to Croatia, I know you have the strength to put on lipstick. Actually there’s something exciting about getting dressed up when you have a child and can get away for a bit. They overdid it with the appearance like she hadn’t showered or packed.

  3. Elo says:

    I love Leighton, she’s such a good actress and an interesting person.

  4. Bella says:

    I love Leighton and she was fantastic in the movie!!She elevates everything she is in and I even watched Country Strong which was bad, but she is great in it!!! She really should be an A lister. Maybe she doesn’t have a great agent and maybe she doesn’t want that kind of career.

  5. Emily says:

    I loved this movie (always been a big Leighton fan). The premise is basically, how many women’s lives can men ruin by gaslighting them.

    • Ashley says:

      That’s why I liked it too! All of the men were villains which is true to life so I saw no lies

  6. lionfire says:

    I truly hope Leighton doesn’t want an A-list career and that’s why she doesn’t have it, bc she really is of that calibar.
    It’s not just the acting, she seems grounded and relatable in everyday life and thinking-and very charming. And with a great back story of her life! Ideal for a star.
    How Blake Lively got to be “the next big thing” when Leighton was roght there should be one of the “top ten mysteries of our time” or somwthing.

    • Lee says:

      “How Blake Lively got to be “the next big thing” when Leighton was roght there should be one of the “top ten mysteries of our time” or somwthing.”

      I couldn’t agree more!

  7. Fig says:

    Single Parents was criminally underrated. I still get Mystery Señorita stuck in my head sometimes

    • Katie says:

      I loved, loved, loved Single Parents and her character. It’s cancellation still bums me out.

  8. SarahCS says:

    We watched The Weekend Away last night and loved it. Yes it’s totally ridiculous but totally sucked us in. I missed the start and only went in to say good night to my b/f and I ended up watching 2/3 of it through to the end. I thought she did a great job even if we spent a lot of time yelling at her character to not try and do so much herself. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it and really did. We’re also now looking at Split/Hvar for our holiday this summer.