Gossip Girl, which premiered in 2007, made headlines over its six seasons due to many of the storylines.
Looking back on what viewers wanted then compared to today, Badgley shared, “Back in 2007 – I mean, dude. That’s a long time ago when we were just boys. People wanted to watch a show like Gossip Girl because it was aspirational. It was like an escape. It seemed like it struck a certain cultural chord because it was this aspirational fantastical vision of excess and wealth. But now, cut to 13 years later, people are not interested in that. And I think rightfully so.”
“Now they’re interested in deconstructing why we’re so fascinated with that in the first place,” he continued. “We’re interested in deconstructing those systems of privilege. I’m not saying that our television shows are doing that, but I’m saying that’s what people are more interested in, so therefore these shows reflect that.”
Crawford added, “The curtain has sort of dropped. Back in ’07, Gossip Girl was edgy.”