Leighton Meester currently stars as the deliciously devilish Blair Waldorf on CW’s hugely popular drama, “Gossip Girl,” the series based on the best-selling books and brought to television by executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Because of her success on the show, it didn’t take long to make the leap onto the big screen. In 2010, Leighton starred alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy “Date Night” and in the comedy “Going the Distance” starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.
Last year, Meester co-starred in “Country Strong” with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. She was also seen in the thriller “The Roommate” directed by Sonny Mallhi and co-starring Minka Kelly, “Monte Carlo” with Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy, and the recently released comedy “That’s My Boy” alongside Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.
Meester’s other television credits include guest-starring roles on HBO’s “Entourage” and Fox’s hit medical drama “House.” She also appeared on shows such as “Shark,” “CSI: Miami,” “Veronica Mars,” “8 Simple Rules,” “24,” “Seventh Heaven,” “Once and Again,” and “Law and Order.”
Raised in Florida, Leighton got the acting bug at age nine, when she played a citizen of Emerald City in a local production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Two years later, she moved with her family to New York and soon began working as a model with the Wilhemina modeling agency, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with photographer/director Sofia Coppola.