"It can make you forget what you look like, and I've grown to really love the way I look without it."Sound surprisingly unsnotty? In fact, the night before, she ordered in burgers and watched Home Alone 2 with a friend.But that's not to say she's always a homebody — cast members often go out together, and Leighton's been written up in New York gossip columns for "downing tequila shots" and making out with abandon at nightclubs.
That seems impossible, but after watching her closely, we believe her.
"In this world, everyone wants to know everything about you, and I think that's funny," she says, propping one elbow on the table and waving off the rumors with a raised hand. People speculate a lot about me, saying there's something else that's really the truth...." She trails off, looks kind of sad, and bows her head.
"Leighton's very matter-of-fact and up front about things, and unlike Blair, she's nonjudgmental." The show has a fan base that's truly, well, obsessed — perfect for all that rumormongering.
Is Leighton friends or frenemies with costar Blake Lively?
We barely hear her mutter "Maybe I'm just too boring." Uh-oh. Have we managed to make her cry three minutes into the interview? A couple of seconds later, she looks up with a huge grin and starts laughing so hard, she shakes.
The fact that Leighton isn't concerned with saying or doing anything phony to make sure we like her only makes us like her all the more.
Her grandmother took care of her on Marco Island, Florida, until her mom was able to join them several months later.
"My mom lived through a lot before I was born, and I can't judge her on that," Leighton says.
(Answer: Read on.)Blair is unquestionably the villain viewers root for: ditched by her dad, screwed up by her mom, and in a torturous will-they-or-won't-they relationship with gigantic a-hole Chuck Bass.