Hit teen drama show Gossip Girl propelled star Blake Lively to fame overnight, and though it's fair to say that she owes her prosperous movie career to the series, Lively held nothing back when discussing the show in the years following its conclusion.
Scathingly, Lively said of the show's production process:
"If it was about the content, they wouldn't hand us our script pages minutes before shooting. You're part of this machine - this pop culture phenomenon - but as an actor, the quality of your work is definitely compromised because of that. When I finished the last season, I didn't feel good at it anymore. I didn't feel stimulated. It had become muscle memory, but not good muscle memory - like bad-habit muscle memory."
Lively also expressed relief at no longer having to play the "personally compromising" socialite Serena van der Woodsen, adding, "you want to be putting a better message out there", to say nothing of a long-rumoured feud with her co-star Leighton Meester.
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