Leighton Meester is the kind of girl who eats chocolate ice cream.
After six years of watching her fit into the finest of couture gowns on television’s “Gossip Girl,” we wouldn’t have believed it ourselves if we hadn’t witnessed it just before our interview. But, then again, Meester is on the cusp of a whole new chapter in her career, and that’s exactly when surprises should be the norm, whether they be food choices or projects.
In her new comedy, “The Oranges,” out in limited release on Friday, Meester is in great company – including Hugh Laurie, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt and Adam Brody – as Nina, a lost 20-something who returns home for Thanksgiving and hooks up with her father’s best friend (Laurie). She’s not conniving or devilish about it like we’ve seen her be on “Gossip Girl” and in “That’s My Boy” and “The Roommate.” In fact, she even makes you root for her unlikely romance as you laugh and even question the “rules” of relationships at any age.
So, after Meester finished her tasty treat, we quizzed her about those rules, hooking up with Dr. House and, of course, the end of the chapter in her life known as “Gossip Girl.”
When you signed on for this film, was Hugh Laurie already attached or did that happen later? What did you think when you realized you’d be making out with House?
I would have signed on years and years prior because I met with Julian [Farino, the director], I would say in 2007 or 2008 … I don’t even know who they were thinking for David’s character, but I told him, “I love this part, and I love this movie.” And then he was like, “Well, you might be a little young for Nina,” and then the movie didn’t happen. So then, years later they came back and they were like, “Are you still interested in this movie?” I was like, “Yeah.” And by then, they had signed Hugh and that made it even more interesting for me. I had worked with him before [on "House" in 2006]… He as that character is so much more dry and dark and jaded and really macho. This character is completely opposite.
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