First, fill me in on this new product line!
Leighton Meester: I love the new products, I love the new formulations, and I love it because it’s pretty much all I have to do. I’m pretty much low maintenance when it comes to my hair, but on a regular basis it’s great to just have to shampoo and condition your hair and have a great shiny base to work with. It’s nice to have a beauty regimen that you can stick to and I can stick to this. I love Hello Hydration for my hair because it gets all kinds of heat styling all the time and it’s good to add as much moisture as possible. I also love Long Term Relationship because it’s great to mend your hair.
Charles Baker Strahan: The new formulations have a surfactant and hydrating polymer that are separate in the bottle, and are activated by water - previously they had to be coupled up in the bottle. So now when they join together, you get extra hydration and soft hair.
Leighton, you kind of have a signature style with your loose waves. How did that come about?
LM: I have naturally really straight hair and I think that the grass is always greener, so I like to add curl to my hair to add movement and body, and it’s a good base if you want to then put it up. And, it probably came from always going to work and starting off with my character on the show’s pristine curls, and then brushing them out. I like it because it’s simple, and easy, and I don’t want to always go back at my hair with a curling iron.
Okay, now we have to talk about Gossip Girl since we’ve been missing it for weeks with the show on a break! What’s going on with Blair and Dan?
LM: All I’ll say is, it’s not what you expect.
And, what does that mean?
LM: I always put my own feelings towards it because I’ve grown to love Blair and she’s a real person to me and lives this whole life, and I get to portray it and it’s wonderful to me. I really like working with Penn so that’s really cool and it’s been a fun aspect of them being together. But, I think they’re better as friends. I think she belongs with a prince. Or I might be talking about myself.
Do you think playing Blair has had an affect on your personal style?
LM: In a way yes, I think before I started the show I lived in L.A. and just auditioning and living the life as a struggling actress. And then I moved here and you get to experience N.Y. and I learned a lot from the show and the stylists and just from the dialogue – so I’m much more aware of my own personal style, designers and trends. I’ve learned to have a lot more fun and to go out a lot more, but as far as my own style I’ve definitely learned a lot, and it’s definitely helped me living in N.Y. Blair and I are definitely different, she’s more high maintenance, I thinks she’s a little more snobby when it comes to brands. I think I tend to wear what I like, and as far as her hair goes that’s definitely not my hair at all, and she has brown hair and I have to dye it.
You also just wrapped shooting on your next film, Monte Carlo. What was that experience like?
LM: That was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, we filmed in Budapeste, Paris, and Monte Carlo over the entire summer working with Selena (Gomez), Katie (Cassidy) and a bunch of other really great people, and they changed my life. They’re wonderful and I can’t say enough amazing things about them, because it’s so hard to find amazing girls and they really are amazing, smart and talented and we were on the most amazing vacation adventure of our lives while making a movie. And, I saw it and it’s wonderful.
And lastly, can you tell us about what’s going on with your music?
LM: I’m still writing a lot of music, sort of moving on more to the process of recording. I wrote a lot while I was in Europe so I’ve been writing for the past year and being as pure and true to myself as I possibly can be and making the music for myself and crossing my fingers so that other people like it. You know, it’s a passion – in no way does it feel like a job and you know it’s a part of me so I’m working with the band and experimenting with different sounds but it’s very fun.