1. Chace Crawford
Since the show ended, the show's leading man Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), has continued acting on TV. In 2015, Crawford starred in ABC's soapy drama Blood & Oil. Crawford played Billy LeFever, who, along with his wife Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse), moves to North Dakota in hopes of striking it rich in the oil industry.
Blood & Oil (2015)
Currently, Crawford stars in Amazon Prime Video's original series The Boys as a superhero called The Deep. The series tells the story of a group of superheroes who abuse their powers rather than use them for good. The third season has not gotten an official release date.
The Boys (2019 - Present)
2. Blake Lively
After playing Serena van der Woodsen on six seasons of Gossip Girl, Blake Lively went on to star in various acting projects; however, her personal life seems to garner the most attention.
Marriage to Ryan Reynolds
Perhaps her biggest on-screen role since the show was her 2018 role in A Simple Favor alongside Anna Kendrick. In the film, Lively plays Emily Nelson, a mysterious woman who goes missing after befriending Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), another mom at her kid's school.
In a Buzzfeed interview with Kendrick, Lively said this regarding her A Simple Favor character :
"I guess, you know, I was on a TV show for six years where I played a girl from the Upper East Side who wore lots of pretty clothes, and so this was a fashion woman who works on the Upper East Side. I wanted it to be a very different look and vibe than that, so that's one of the reasons why I ended up in men's suits."
A Simple Favor (2018)
3. Ed Westwick
Ed Westwick, Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, has continued acting since the show's end.
Starting in 2017, Westwick starred in two seasons of the BBC comedy White Gold wherein he plays Vincent Swan, a slimy window salesman who will do anything to secure a sale.
White Gold (2017-2019)
Most recently, Westwick is lending his voice to the fictionalized podcast drama series "The Bystanders."
According to Deadline, the podcast is a murder mystery centered around the killing of Bunny Bell Pasht (Kristin Chenoweth) in her apartment's courtyard and the investigation into the crime that points fingers at her neighbors. Westwick plays a plumber named Rick the Killer.
The Bystanders Podcast (2021)
4. Leighton Meester
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More recently, Meester was the lead in the ABC series Single Parents, a show about a group of single parents leaning on one another while raising their kids. The show was canceled after two seasons and also starred Brad Garrett, Taran Killam, Kimrie Lewis, and Jake Choi.
Single Parents (2018-2020)
5. Penn Badgely
In a 2019 interview with The New York Times, Badgley opened up about his character Joe.
"I think there's a way of seeing Joe as the first time we've represented this kind of character in a responsible fashion, because to the degree that we are making him romantic and charming and glamorous, we are still being like "Yeah, but he kills four people and then Beck. What more can we tell you about his character than that?" Badgley said.
YOU (2018 - Present)
6. Taylor Momsen
Taylor Momsen, Dan Humphrey's little sister Jenny on the show, has shied away from acting since 2012 and primarily focuses on her band The Pretty Reckless.
The band recently released a video for their latest single called "Only Love Can Save Me Now," and Momsen told Rolling Stone about the song's meaning in an interview last month.
"This song represents getting through the worst time in my life, and yet, is one of my proudest achievements. It means that there is hope, and that life has to go on, and most importantly, is worth living," Momsen said.
Only Love can Save Me Now (2021)
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