Gossip Girl Set Report: Meatpacking District

Yesterday while out shooting street style, I decided to check out the Gossip Girl film set at the Standard Hotel. Filming was up on the rooftop of the hotel, so I didn’t get a chance to get that many photos. But I did end up seeing a few of the show’s stars walking back and forth between their trailers and the set.

Right when I arrived, Penn Badgley walked past me into a waiting van. Shortly after, Blake Lively exited her trailer, but I wasn’t in a good position and only got a shot of the back of her head. At least it was cute! She was wearing her hair in a fishtail braid. I waited a little while longer (there were benches outside the standard, and I’d already walked a lot yesterday!) and then Matthew Settle and Kelly Rutherford appeared. They were nice and friendly to the waiting fans, as always.

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Kelly stopped outside the hotel’s back entrance and posed for some photos with fans.

About fifteen minutes later, right before I was planning on leaving, Blake reappeared.

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She had her head down, and didn’t acknowledge any of her fans. Such a striking difference between now, and the friendly girl I worked on a photo set with three years ago. I’m sure paparazzi get irritating, but when you’re on set, it’s pretty much expected.

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Either way though, Blake looked cute. And I loved her Chanel bag! She quickly changed outfits, then came back out one more time before I left:

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Not sure if I’ll head back to the set any time soon. It’s just not as fun as it used to be. And obviously, it’s much easier to get good photos when the filming is actually occurring outdoors. Not sure if that’s a response to the increased paparazzi presence, or what, but it (outdoor shooting) doesn’t seem to be happening as frequently as it was last summer.

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I’m Your Biggest Fan, I’ll Follow You Until You Love Me: Gossip Girl Set Report # 5

So, my GagaXGossip Girl post is a little late. I ended up grabbing lunch with a friend from back in PRE-SCHOOL which turned into banana pudding at Magnolia, to tea at another friends, to margaritas, to empanadas to go. It’s been a crazy 24hours. But now I am back, and full of set report goodness.

Yesterday, I traveled down to the LES filming location of Gossip Girl after hearing rumors of Lady Gaga finally filming her guest appearance on the show. Leighton Meester confirmed the rumor while guesting on the Ryan Seacrest show.  So there were twice as many fans lurking about as the last time I went to the set since the cold weather arrived. (I never made a post, but I went to the Tribeca set last week to see the cast filming at Brandy Library. By far the worst set experience I’ve had. It was a total waste of time. I saw Chace Crawford and his mom for 2.5 seconds, then nothing. No photos. No info.)

I ended up waiting hours in the cold, so long I could barely feel my feet after. But throughout the afternoon and evening I saw Hilary Duff, Penn Badgley, Jessica Szohr, Leighton Meester, and also on set for about 5 minutes total–Taylor Momsen. It was starting to get dark shortly after I first arrived on set. Once the cast actually emerged to leave and/or take a break, it was dark and dingy out. I hadn’t planned on staying so long, so I unfortunately did not have my flash. So here are the (few) good photos from Tuesday’s set.

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Hilary Duff heading to her trailer for a break from filming.

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Leighton heading home.

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The cast was filming what looked to be a concert or night club scene at a LES arts center. The inside was lit with bright blue and green lights, and covered in sparkly backdrops. Very similar to what you’d expect at an “under the sea” themed dance. According to the crew, this episode is # 3×10, entitled “The Last Days of Disco Stick”, and will air on November 16th.

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Jessica, hidden.

After a short period of not seeing any cast members emerge, the crew began tearing down the set. Shortly after, security brought luggage out to Gaga’s car, and began to “secure the perimeter”. After waiting for hours, Gaga finally emerged around 10:30pm. She stopped to sign a few autographs and pose for photos with 2 fans, then drove away. It was short and sweet, but despite the cold, worth the long wait. Here is my view of Gaga leaving the scene:


It’s amazing how fast this video has made it’s way around the internet!

I spent more time waiting around on set than I ever have previously. But I met some of the nicest fans yet. So many people spent time chatting about the show. And I even learned some tips from a few fellow photographers. Thank You everyone who made the wait go by even faster! If you were there, please comment and share your story!

As always: On Location Vacations is THE BEST and most accurate site on the internet for location info. There are a lot of impostors popping up, but they usually just steal their info! I check OLV and twitter daily for the latest updates.  If you’d like to catch Gossip Girl this Friday, head to 55th st and 2nd ave via the filming info here.

All photos and video ®2009 RS/The Greyest Ghost

My (Unofficial) First Day of Fashion Week

Today I:

1. Got up super early (to me anyway) to attend a meet and greet with a super talented and smart designer, who I’ll be posting about tomorrow.

2. Got lost on the way to the Rachel Antonoff show. For 20 minutes. Almost lost my cool, but made it with out missing anything.

3. Had 1 slice of pizza, 2 glasses of champagne, and 1 chocolate filled marshmallow for dinner.

4. Went to the Anna Sui for Target party. Where I ran into Michelle Trachtenberg and Jessica Szohr, hung out with some of Anna’s awesome e-commerce staffers, and met the cutest human ever, Emma Stone (of Superbad).

5. Met Anna Sui. Her friend took a photo of us:

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(Guessing she didn’t really know how to use my camera, so it’s blurry. But it’s still really cute!)

6. Penn Badgley definitely hates me. He gave me the evil eye when I took his photo. For the 2nd time this year.

7. Decided it’s Converse and gladiator flats from here on out.

8. Met the world’s most talkative “photographer/blogger” uploading his party photos in starbucks. He told me “Annie Leibovitz steals his photos, he makes $28,000 a photo when people illegally use them, and he runs 80 blogs”. Total nutter.

9. Had an AMAZING first day. Probably going to bed before 11pm for the first time since I was 12.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the story behind #1, and links to my new PHOTO FILLED ChiChi212 posts about the Rachel Antonoff show and Anna Sui for Target party!

Gossip Girl Set Report #4: Gramercy Park

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.

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And then came and went. Again, and again. So many times I got confused where she was.
She was followed by Jessica Szohr, who looked beautiful as always!
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Not long after, Penn Badgley appeared, but quickly ran into his trailer and ended up not leaving for an hour or two.
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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!

Also seen were Kelly Rutherford (who is gorgeous, and amazingly nice!), Matthew Settle, and Ed Westwick:
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And finally, after hours of waiting, Hilary Duff!
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While I was waiting, I met the show’s #1 fans, this group of sisters!
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What cuties!

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Gossip Girl Set Report #3: Hilary Duff!

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Today marked the arrival of Hillary Duff on the Gossip Girl set, filming her guest spot as Olivia, Vanessa’s new roommate. “Olivia Burke” is ” a movie star who enrolls at NYU in search of a traditional college experience.”
She joined cast members Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley filming what looked a like a morning run to a coffee and donut cart.

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The cast filmed at the cart for over two hours, switching angles and directions half way thorough. At one point, an extremely rude paparazzi (one of the most obnoxious I’ve ever encountered) threw a fit after being asked by a crew member for his press credentials. He started screaming, and firing off his camera so much that the clicking shutter disrupted even Penn Badgley, who was visibly annoyed and yelled out “We’re filming here!” at the rude photographer. The entire audience laughed as he was chased off the set. The paparazzi presence was larger today than any other day I’ve been on set. Likely due to it being Hillary’s first day. It was great to see some new faces like Hillary and Chace this time I visited the set. Maybe next time I’ll finally get to see Blake!

(I also went to the sets of Eat, Pray, Love and Going the Distance today, but sadly there was no outdoor filming going on.)

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Gossip Girl Set Report: #2

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After seeing yesterday’s paparazzi photos of nearly the entire Gossip Girl cast on location at Sotheby’s, I decided to try my luck once again at scoping out the set. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather and/or completion all of the outdoor scenes Wednesday, they were not filming when I arrived. I met some younger fans who let me know that Matthew Settle and Penn Badgley had passed them on their way to lunch, and should be returning any minute. So I decided to hold out. After about a half hour Jessica Szohr appeared, and stopped to chat with myself and the 4 other fans waiting outside of Sotheby’s. She posed for a few photos and kindly asked how we were before heading back inside to resume filming.

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Next Penn came by, but after being asked to snap photos told his fans that “if you wait long enough I might come back out”. The 4 teenage girls waiting were not impressed. Penn/Dan is definitely not on my favorite gossip girl characters list after witnessing him dissing his fans not once, but twice in the same week. The first time was excusable, considering the size of the crowd. But to not stop for photos with four fans made him seem a little too good for them. (Edit: I’d like to clarify for all the angry Penn Badgley fan girls: no one was screaming his name, or yelling, or chasing. He was nicely asked to pose for photos with 4 fans, and declined. He did chat with us, but refused to stop. He didn’t seem to be running late either, as the other cast returned to set 10+ minutes after he did.) I guess I should feel lucky he looked me in the eye this time when I spoke. I’ve got news for you buddy: you’re no Ed Westwick!

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One bad apple didn’t ruin the bunch however, as soon Michelle Trachtenberg appeared, followed closely by Matthew Settle– AKA Rufus Humphrey (who you can see behind Michelle in the photos). They were both too busy to stop, but Matthew said hi, and seemed happy to be acknowledged. Michelle just seemed sort of scared, and tried to hide behind her book after noticing me shooting photos. Sadly, she’s usually very standoffish, and never that friendly anyway. I didn’t catch any of the other lead characters, but was so giddy after meeting Jessica Szohr, I didn’t care. I will admit it: I’m a 27 year old fan girl of a show about teenagers. But I’m not the first, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.

If you’d like to catch the cast filming this week, according to On Location Vacations : Gossip Girl is filming at Sotheby’s (72nd and York, NYC) again Friday July 24th. They may be doing more exteriors in the afternoon.

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XOXO Gossip Girl

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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!

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