Today I decided to take advantage of my free time, and spent the afternoon on the SoHo set of one of my favorite guilty pleasure tv shows, Gossip Girl. I watched Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, The Key Michelle Trachtenberg, Jessica Szohr, Dorota (!) and newcomer Chris Riggi (playing Scott Ronsson AKA Lily and Rufus’ love child) film scenes from the second episode of the upcoming third season. Upon my arrival, the first scene was with Blair and Georgina, outside of indie bookstore McNally Jackson, on Prince Street. Then the production moved a few blocks down to film at some type of brick apartment or school building. Possibly an “NYU classroom” or dorm (Since all of the characters present will be attending NYU in the fall).
Some of the younger crowd members actually chased the cast when they moved from set to set, or walked back to their trailer. It was pretty embarrassing. By not acting like a total jackass, I was able to befriend some of the crew, and get a prime viewing spot while they filmed. I later was even allowed to cross the street and stand about a foot off set/in the middle of the catering tables to shoot some photos, because I was making friendly conversation with two grips working the shoot. I was seriously amazed how many people I saw disregarding the production crew’s “rules”, and ended up being chased away. You get a lot more out of a set visit when you’re nice to the people working 16hour days to help produce your favorite TV shows. I even ended up getting to quickly meet Penn Badgley (who was sort of aloof, and didn’t really make eye contact with his fans) thanks to the nice crew woman who let me stand by the catering tables. I’ll be going back to watch Gossip Girl (and other movies or tv shows) film again as soon as possible, thanks to the great experience I had today! And special thanks to On Location Vacations for posting the filming info!
The “NYU” set:
In one scene, Vanessa and Scott the love child ended up making out. Guess Nate’s out of the picture!
All Photos ® 2009 RS