20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Gossip Girl
Ashley Olsen Was Considered for a Role
After Josh Schwartz found success with The O.C., he decided to create a similar series set in the wealthy areas of New York City. As he began working on the series for the CW, it became clear that the network wanted high profile women to play the lead roles. For Blair, they wanted Ashley Olsen.
It’s interesting to consider what the show would have been like if it had been headlined by a more famous face. As it is, the showrunners insisted ongoing with more unknown names, and things worked out pretty well. Blake Lively made her entire career on playing Serena, after all.