Gossip Girl premiered 10 years ago next month—can you believe it's been that long since you first obsessed over everything Serena van der Woodsen wore? In honor of the anniversary, Vanity Fair took a deep dive into the show's history, interviewing the cast, producers, and crew to "reflect on the frenzy, contemplate the series's lasting impact, and, yes, dish on its on-set dramas." Intrigued? We were too. Read on to see the best details we gleaned from the feature.
1. Leighton Meester dyed her hair in hopes of nabbing the role of Serena.
"Serena had to be blonde," creator Josh Schwartz told Vanity Fair. "So, [Leighton] went to the sink and dyed her hair. She wanted it."
2. Blake Lively almost turned down Gossip Girl to go to college.
"I said, 'No, I want to go to college. Thank you, though,'" she told Vanity Fair. "Then they said, 'O.K., you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week. After the first year [of the show], it'll quiet down. Your life will go back to normal and you can start going to school. We can't put it in writing, but we promise you can go.' So that's why I said, 'O.K. You know what? I'll do this.'" As you might imagine, the show never quieted down, so Lively never enrolled.
3. Lively was worried about her real-life relationship with Penn Badgley—until she came to a realization.
"I remember there was one point where we were just afraid of how our personal lives overlapping our work life could be perceived by our bosses," Lively told the magazine. "[But then] we were like, 'Oh no, that's exactly what they want.' They wanted us all to date. They wanted us all to wear the same clothes that we're wearing on the show. They wanted that, because then it fed their whole narrative. People could buy into this world."
4. Lively and Badgley successfully hid their breakup from the producers and crew.
"The shocking thing was, I found out on the set of the Season 2 finale that Blake and Penn had broken up months before," executive producer Joshua Safran said. "They kept the breakup hidden from the crew, which you could never do now. I don't even know how they did it. They kept it from everybody which is a testament to how good they are as actors. Because they did not want their personal drama to relate to the show."
5. Chuck Bass's wardrobe was anti–Jersey Shore.
"Menswear, at that point, was still very Jersey Shore … I'm very proud we got to break through to the men and be like, 'No, it's O.K. to dress up,'" costume designer Eric Daman said.
6. Ed Westwick still doesn't know who Gossip Girl was.
"I still am not sure who GG was lol," Westwick wrote Vanity Fair in an email.
Next up, see the perfect travel shoes Blake Lively wore to the airport with Ryan Reynolds.