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Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz told New York’s Vulture that Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf’s romance wasn’t initially written into the script.
“None of that was expected,” Schwartz said. “Chuck came into the show as the villain. But it’s one of those great, fun things about making a television series — it’s an evolving, living, breathing thing, and things can easily change on a whim.”
Watching the off-screen chemistry between actors Leighton Meester and Ed Westick, Schwartz knew he’d found a relationship that could stand next to Serena and Dan.
“You get an actor like Ed Westwick and see the chemistry he had with Leighton Meester, and their scenes just crackled,” he said. “So it felt like, here are two people who are bonded by their mutual scheming and the dark side of the show, at least from the beginning, and that would naturally evolve into a romantic relationship. One that was fraught and often conflict-laden, but ultimately incredibly romantic and filling for both the characters and the audience.
“They came into the show as very different kinds of roles, but the chemistry between them took over…,” he continued. “As far as we pushed them, we always had to be able to find a way to bring them back together.”
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Schwartz admitted the relationship between Dan and Blair was a matter of trial and error as some fans were ecstatic but others (read: me) didn’t buy it eventually meaning Blair would find her way back to Chuck. Filming of the most emotional scene took place at a Parisian train station where Chuck and Blair married.
“That scene was beautiful and romantic, and full of pain and longing,” he continued. “We were shooting it at five o’clock in the morning at this Paris train station. We kind of had the station to ourselves, but then people starting showing up to go to work and going on and off the trains, and they were drawing attention to our production.
“How can you forget Blair in that red dress?”
“They were filming arguably the most vivid and memorable scene of the show; a scene of purely intense emotion between them. And for those two actors to keep that focus with all of the swirling activity at the train station at that time, I was really impressed.”
Imagine GG life without them.
My favourite Chuck and Blair scene (which also ignited my musical love affair with Robyn) began here: