Monday I paid a visit to the Gramercy Park set of Gossip Girl, and ended up photographing some of the best cast appearances yet! Usually when I’ve gone, only a few cast members at a time are on set. But this time, I hit the jackpot! And ended up meeting some amazing fellow fans in the process.
I hit the set right after lunch time. Within about 15 minutes of arriving, Leighton Meester came out of her trailer.
I’m not really sure what was going on, as all of the filming was being done indoors in a museum of some sort (supposedly subbing as an NYU building). But nearly all of the cast came in and out many times!
Today was probably the best day I’ve had on set so far. The cast all seemed to be in a good mood, and most of the actors stopped to pose for photos with a few fans. Usually that’s not something I see them do when there are crowds of any sort. It was easy to photograph the cast as well–all of the trailers were within a block of the Gramercy Park building they were shooting in, so each time they passed back and forth fans were able to snap some photos! (Sometimes they were actually so close to me my telephoto ended up being too much, and I ended up with out of focus photos!)
Unfortunately, a few rude paparazzi showed up again today. Including one dowdy older woman who shoved me, asking me to move so she could “do her job”. When I said no I was photographing the cast too, she became irate. Her partner or “friend” was even worse. He actually ran in front of me, and nearly knocked me down to get a shot of Leighton. Totally ruining my own shots, and almost hurting me. I think some of these photographers should remember acting like a jerk won’t get you anywhere, and the bodyguards and crew DO notice your behavior. There’s also no need for them to freak out about getting the perfect shot. Speaking as someone who works in the magazine industry, and has also worked at a photo agency: unless the photo is exclusive, you aren’t going to get paid much. So please quit acting like it’s a life or death situation that you get your shot when there are 10 other photographers (and 50 fans!) shooting the same exact thing. It’s not a Britney Spears head shaving exclusive, it’s Gossip Girl!
With that said, I had a great time today minus jerk encounters. I’m debating whether or not to go back tomorrow, to catch them filming in the same location. I’ve yet to see Blake Lively on set, and would really like to get some photos of her. I actually met her 2 years ago on a photo shoot, but that was so long ago! She seems to only film mornings. I wanted to meet Hilary Duff as well, but gave up waiting once my camera battery died (I’d forgotten my backup!). Funny enough, while waiting outside her trailer with some of my new on set friends, Chris Riggi, who will be playing Lily and Rufus’ son Scott, happened to walk by! He wasn’t filming today, but ended up walking past the set. I seemed to be the only person who knew who he was, so I called him over and asked if he’d take some photos with us. He kindly obliged, and posed for photos with the small group of fans. Right as he was about to walk away, a huge crowd of fans from across the street RAN towards him, demanding photos. He seemed scared, and I apologized for identifying him, especially on his day off. Special thanks to the fan who took my photo with Chris when my camera died!
Hope everyone enjoys the photos as much as I did taking them! Here are the rest!
Last but not least
Chuck Bass Ed Westwick:
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