Just how real is Gossip Girl? That’s one question New York magazine’s Jessica Pressler and Chris Rovzar (who now works at Vanity Fair) set out to answer when they started the show’s uber-popular episode recap and Reality Index on the mag’s website in 2007. Even if they think that some of the things the Upper East Siders do on the show are way off — even for Manhattan’s elite — they now know just how real the actual show is: they’ll be making a cameo on an upcoming episode in its sixth and final season playing themselves.
Also appearing on the episode will be Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation. She will also be playing herself and told New York Daily News that the depiction of her office was “a real replica, down to many of the books and photos that I actually have on my desk.” Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) and Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) will be pitching her and trying to get bylines in the episode.
This of course isn’t the first time a member of the media has made a cameo on GG. Jonathan Karp, publisher at Simon & Schuster, was there for Dan’s literary career in a couple of scenes in Season 5. And Slate columnist Simon Doonan accompanied Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) down the runway at Jenny Packham’s show in “The Jewel of Denial.”
So, what does it feel like to make a cameo on one of the most iconic shows ever? Simon told Slate‘s June Thomas: “Sitting in the trailer getting my face painted next to Leighton Meester ranks as one of the most glamorous moments of my life. It was also extremely hot. On set, I had one spoken line: ‘Go right ahead!’ I managed not to fluff it, except on one take it mysteriously came out as, ‘Don’t mind if I do.’ Penn commented positively on my poise and professional delivery. He also said, ‘Don’t give up your day job,’ but in a kind and caring way. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
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