HBO’s ‘The Undoing’ Filmed at This Famous ‘Gossip Girl’ Set

by Jeremy Spirogis
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David E. Kelley’s newest homicide thriller The Undoing is sort of the dramatic sequence. Starring Nicole Kidman as rich New York City therapist Grace Fraser and Hugh Grant as her disgraced husband Jonathan Fraser, the sequence marks Kidman’s second main function in a Kelley HBO drama (the primary being Big Little Lies).

The sequence was filmed in Manhattan and options Manhattan’s rich elite taking their youngsters to and from college. American Horror Story alum Lily Rabe performs one of many different mothers on the college, in addition to American Crime Story‘s Annaleigh Ashford. And viewers might recognize the gilded courtyard and double-sided staircase that serves as The Reardon School’s entrance.

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in 'The Undoing'
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in ‘The Undoing’ | Niko Tavernise/HBO

Is Reardon in ‘The Undoing’ an actual NYC college?

In the present, Grace and Jonathan’s solely baby, Henry Fraser, is a scholar at The Reardon School. The entire household’s life is turned the other way up when Jonathan is arrested as a suspect for the homicide of one other mother on the college, Elena Alves (performed by Matilda De Angelis).

Elena, her husband, Fernando Alves, and their son, Miguel Alves, should not a part of Manhattan’s elite, relatively Miguel is a scholar on the college on scholarship. This instantly made the snobby, rich Reardon moms look down on Elena when she tried to contain herself within the college’s fundraising efforts. Her homicide is revealed in episode 1, and the remainder of the restricted sequence is spent attempting to determine who killed her.

Much like Big Little Lies, the mothers of the sequence congregate and gossip in Reardon’s courtyard after they choose up and drop off their youngsters from college. While Reardon is a fictional academy developed for the sequence, the constructing used as the varsity’s entrance is an actual constructing on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

A scene from Season 1 Episode 1 of HBO's 'The Undoing' | HBOA scene from Season 1 Episode 1 of HBO's 'The Undoing' | HBO
A scene from Season 1 Episode 1 of HBO’s ‘The Undoing’ | HBO

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The Reardon entrance in ‘The Undoing’ is identical as the varsity in ‘Gossip Girl’

Speaking of gossip, the Upper East Side, and Manhattan’s elite, followers of the beloved CW sequence Gossip Girl will seemingly instantly acknowledge the Reardon School entrance. It’s the identical constructing used as the doorway for the Constance Billard School for Girls/St. Jude’s School for Boys.

Yes, Serena van der Woodson and Blair Waldorf used to trek the steps of that constructing, which is definitely situated on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The constructing itself is a part of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, an historic mansion in NYC. Originally in-built 1918, it was commissioned in 1916 by rich banker Francis F. Palmer and boasts a group of buildings, in keeping with Dirt.com. Its twin staircase and gated courtyard opens as much as E. 93rd St. and Park Ave, simply two avenues away from Central Park.

Another rich banker named George F. Baker Jr. purchased the property in 1926 and employed its unique structure agency, Delano & Aldrich, to make additions to the property. The assortment of buildings was offered to the Synod of Bishops in 1959, and it was then that the immediately recognizable iron gate and the twin staircase within the courtyard had been added.

And Gossip Girl and The Undoing aren’t the one reveals that used the courtyard as a setting for a faculty. The courtyard is featured in The Sinner Season three as the varsity at which Matt Bomer’s character teaches, and in Gotham Season four because the Falcone Home and School for Orphans.

The Gossip Girl reboot has begun filming in NYC, and little question, followers will see this well-known courtyard once more. The sequence finale of The Undoing airs on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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