Leighton Meester is arguably the happiest starlet we've ever encountered. She's loving her celebrity lifestyle and riding the wave of Gossip Girl fabulousness - she embarked upon a singing career, and released her debut single, 'Somebody to Love' last November.
And it's not just about singing… The fashionista otherwise known as Blair Waldorf in her Gossip Girl guise is working on two films out this year. Date Night with 30 Rock's Tina Fey and The Roommate, which she told us was 'the most emotionally draining experience of my life.'
In our interview, Leighton also lifted the lid on how it was that she ended up relocating from her hometown of Georgia to Manhattan at the age of 11. 'It was crazy. I'll never forget it.' And though NYC didn’t turn out to be quite the place she'd imagined 'We went to an apartment of my mom's siter's friend… It was nice, but there were mice and cockroaches..' Still, it didn't stop Meester making Manhattan her home.
Talking about Blair, she recognises she's a little, well, feisty. 'She can be very aggressive… What she hates in herself are her insecurities, and what I can relate to is the pain she must go through. Everyone has insecurities.' And notes their differences when it comes to fashion; 'she has expensive tastes and I do too, but I'm not snobby,' she says. ' Sometimes I feel like going all out – I'll wear a gown – and sometimes I'll wear jeans.'
To read the full interview and find out more about Leighton, Blair and her experiences on Gossip Girl, buy the March issue of InStyle, out now.
Interview by Aaron Hicklin