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Showrunner Joshua Safran and the Cast of ‘Gossip Girl’ Talk Season 2

Gossip Girl is officially back and to celebrate, I spoke with Joshua Safran, Eli Brown, Whitney Peak, Grace Duah, Thomas Doherty, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zión Moreno, and Savannah Lee Smith! The first two episodes of the new season are now streaming on HBO Max.

It’s the second semester of Junior year, and Gossip Girl is leaving no stone unturned in her effort to control the scandalous lives/spin the scandalous lies of Manhattan’s elite. She’s learned a thing or two from her first go-round — namely what her audience wants, they shall get. It’s time for her to turn the heat up on what’s been simmering (Julien, have you met Monet?) as well as look at her own impact, and how she can make it more catastrophic than it was before. Even if that means lying to do it. Old enemies, new allies, constantly shifting sands — this semester, there can only be one queen, and by the end of the school year, everyone will know where the bodies are buried, and just who was holding the shovel.

Safran was a writer and executive producer on the original series. His notable work includes Quantico, Soundtrack, Smash, and Endless Love.

Brown (Otto “Obie” Bergman IV) is best known for his role on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. The actor’s other credits include Spinning Out, The F**k-It List, Run Hide Fight, and Wrath of Man.

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Peak (Zoya Lott) can most recently be seen in Hocus Pocus 2. Previous roles include on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Home Before Dark, as well as Molly’s Game.

Duah (Shan Barnes) was previously in Want This.

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Doherty (Maximus “Max” Wolfe) can be recognized for his roles in Descendants 2 and Descendants 3. Additionally, he was in The Invitation, The Lodge, Legacies, High Fidelity, Catherine the Great, and High Strung Free Dance.

Lind’s (Audrey Hope) extensive film work includes Every Breath You Take, The Babysitter, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Doctor Sleep, Replicas, Dear Dumb Diary, November Christmas, Won’t Back Down, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Lights Out, Hidden, Sundays at Tiffany’s, and (Future) Cult Classic. On television, the actress was also in Sacred Lies, Revenge, and Code Black.

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Mock portrays Akeno “Aki” Menzies on HBO Max’s Gossip Girl.

Moreno (Luna La) can be seen in Control Z, Claws, as well as K-12.

Smith stars as Monet de Haan on Gossip Girl.

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We had great conversations about the return of Georgina Sparks, all of the different relationships, jaw-dropping season 2 moments, what’s ahead for these characters, and much more!

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