Ed Westwick Lost His Dream ‘Gossip Girl’ Role Because He Gave Showrunners a Serial Killer Vibe

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ed Westwick arrives at the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2017

Whenever Gossip Girl followers take into consideration the preppy schoolboy that’s Nate Archibald, they instantly take into consideration Chace Crawford. However, followers will likely be serious about studying that Nate’s function virtually went to Ed Westwick apart from one hitch. Read on to search out out extra about this surprising behind the scenes secret.

‘Gossip Girl’ was revered for its dramatic and typically twisted story arcs

Gossip Girl is a teen drama present that aired on the CW for six seasons. The present begins when Serena van der Woodsen returns from a mysterious hiatus. She reunites together with her friend Blaire Warldof with whom she appears to have an advanced relationship.

Throughout the collection, Blaire and Serena break up and make-up severally and don’t all the time appear to have one another’s finest pursuits at coronary heart. The CW collection follows the lives of a gaggle of upper-class youngsters in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Throughout the present, an nameless omniscient blogger narrates what the Upper East Siders do and all the time appears to know their secrets and techniques. The unknown gossip is known as Gossip Girl. However, their true id is revealed within the present’s finale as Dan Humphrey, Serena’s love curiosity and aspiring up-and-coming author.

The collection additionally revolves round different characters comparable to Nate (Chace Crawford), Blaire’s boyfriend, Chuck, (Ed Westwick) Nate’s finest friend, Jenny, and Rufus Humphrey (Taylor Momsen, Matthew Settle), Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr), and Ivy Dickens (Kaylee DeFer).

Westwick sourced inspiration from ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ for his character

Ed Westwick arrives at the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2017
Ed Westwick | Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Edward Jack Peter Westwick was born in Hertfordshire, England, on June 27, 1987. He is the youngest baby of Carole and Peter Westwick, an academic psychologist and a college lecturer.

Westwick first starred within the 2006 movie Breaking and Entering after the National Youth Theatre put out an open audition a casting name. He then guest-starred as Holden within the British collection Doctors. In 2006 he had a minor function in Children of Men and starred as Johnny Cullin in Casualty.

In 2007 the British actor landed a task within the movie Son of Rambow. That identical 12 months, he acquired the half to play Chuck Base within the CW hit collection Gossip Girl. When Westwick was forged as Chuck, he had been in Los Angeles for one month since there weren’t many performing jobs in his residence nation.

In 2008, Westwick acquired an element within the horror movie 100 Feet as Joey. The following 12 months, he had a visitor function in Californication as a pupil obsessive about vampire literature. In 2011, Westwick turned a part of the forged ensemble for Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar in regards to the controversial director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.

The 37-year-old actor additionally doubles in music and is a member of the British band The Filthy Youth. The band was impressed by The Doors, The Rolling Stones, and Kings of Leon. The group’s songs ‘Orange’ and ‘Come Flash All You Ladies’ featured in one of many present’s episodes.

How Ed Westwick ready for his ‘Gossip Girl’ audition

Westwick admitted that the function of Chuck modified his life endlessly because it gave him the publicity he wanted. To successfully painting Chuck, he borrowed inspiration from Carlton Banks, a personality from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Westwick discovered his American accent from the present’s character.

When Westwick auditioned for an element in Gossip Girl, he initially wished to play lacrosse participant Nate. Although his audition was profitable, his general look and enchantment weren’t the community’s style for the preppy teen.

Although showrunners Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz preferred his audition, the CW thought the English actor gave off a serial killer vibe. Since Schwartz and Savage didn’t need to let Westwick go, they inspired him to audition for Chuck as a substitute, and the remaining, as they are saying, is historical past.

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