20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Gossip Girl
Ed Westwick Auditioned for Nate Archibald
We all know that Chace Crawford was perfectly cast as pretty, preppy Nate Archibald, but that was also the role that Ed Westwick initially read for. Ed’s audition for the role wasn’t even a disaster. The show’s creators liked him, but the studio thought he was a little too creepy to play Nate.
As a result, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage encouraged him to audition for Chuck Bass instead, and the rest is history. Chuck went on to become one of the show’s most iconic characters. In retrospect, Ed lucked out in getting to play the juicier of the two roles.