Any Gossip Girl fan appreciates the value of a good secret. I’m not condoning blackmail, but there is something deliciously satisfying about being in the know before everyone else. Try as I might, it was nearly impossible to get our June cover stars, Emily Alyn Lind, Jordan Alexander, and Zión Moreno, to divulge anything worthy of a Gossip Girl push notification, but they were willing to share a few insights about their characters, provide anecdotes about fun behind the scenes, and have a little fun with a quick game of two truths and a lie.
Listen to this Brooklyn-based trio talk about what to expect from the hottest series of the summer, share their personal style staples, and, of course, spill just a drop of tea.
I know we have a little bit of time left, but especially for the podcast, I wanted to see if you would be up for playing a quick game—two truths and a lie.
Okay, I’ll go first. No pressure. Starting with number one: I named my iPhone “Gossip Girl” in 2009, and I’ve never changed it.
I already don’t believe that one.
Number two: I once snuck out of work early to watch Gossip Girl filming in SoHo and played hooky for the rest of the day. And number three: I’m a terrible secret keeper. Can you guess which one is the lie?
The first one? No, the second one.
No, the third one. I’m actually a really good secret keeper.
You’re a real Gossip Girl person!
I know. That’s why I was so excited to talk to you!
You’re insane. This is so exciting. I’m so excited for you. Oh my god. You’re gonna be like the fan that could rip our heads off if we don’t get it right.
No, I’m so excited for the continuation. I obviously saved those tidbits about myself for last so as not to freak you out at the top of it.
I love people to like stuff. That’s great.
Now, do you have two truths and a lie you can share?
I didn’t watch any TV during the pandemic, I’m ambidextrous, and my favorite singer is Leonard Cohen.
I’m going to guess that the lie is you didn’t watch any TV.
No, I didn’t watch any TV. I’m not ambidextrous.
Oh, man. I have to give you a list of TV that you missed. And if you want to tell me any secrets about Gossip Girl after we stop recording, now you know I’m a really good secret keeper. So…
I can’t do that!
In the spirit of Gossip Girl, I’m wondering if you’d be up for playing a quick game of two truths and a lie.
I love games!
Oh, good. I’m excited. Okay, I’ll give you time to think. I’ve already prepared my two truths and a lie, and mine are Gossip Girl related, obviously. I told you I was a fan, and I’m really a superfan.
So number one: I named my iPhone “Gossip Girl” in 2009, and I’ve never changed it. Number two: I once snuck out of work early to watch Gossip Girl filming in SoHo. Number three: I’m a terrible secret keeper.
I feel like there’s no way you could possibly have the same phone from 2009. Maybe you changed your new phone to say also Gossip Girl, but there’s the catch.
Okay, that’s a little tricky. I named my original 2009 phone Gossip Girl, and then I’ve had a couple of new phones since then. But it’s kept the same name. So I’ve never actually changed it.
Dang it. Are you terrible at keeping secrets?
That’s the lie. I’m actually really good at keeping secrets.
What a great skill!
So if there’s anything you want to tell me about the show after, we’re totally off the record—I promise…
Now, it’s your turn. What are two truths and a lie for you?
Okay, I once responded to one of my sister’s texts with a Chuck Bass line, I sleep with a little stuffed monkey, and I have an amazing ability with plants.
Oh, those are so good! I feel like Chuck Bass is the wild card because that’s not just something you do once. You do that pretty consistently, or you’re not into Chuck Bass.
I thought this line was so funny. I guess he was talking with Nate, and Nate was like, “Well, she just needs time to lick her wounds.” And he’s like, “Perhaps I could lick them for her.” My sister and I thought that was the funniest thing.
I am not very good with plants, actually. Staring at some dead ones helped me come up with that lie.
In the spirit of Gossip Girl and for the Who What Wear podcast, I’m wondering if you’d be up for playing a quick game of two truths and a lie.
Of course, I love a good game.
Since I’ve had time to prepare, I’ll start off. Mine are mostly Gossip Girl focused because I’m a huge fan. I told Emily, and she didn’t believe me until we got to this point in our conversation, but you’ll see.
Number one: I named my iPhone “Gossip Girl” in 2009, and even though I’ve gotten new iPhones over time, I’ve never changed the name. Number two: I once snuck out of work early for my first job to watch Gossip Girl filming in SoHo, and I didn’t go back for the rest of the day. Number three: I am a terrible secret keeper. Which one is the lie?
I feel like you made it really tough for me. So the third one, you say you’re a really bad secret keeper.
You’re right—that’s the lie!
That’s the only one that it could be because I could totally see you sneaking out of work to go see Gossip Girl filming.
You’re right. The lie is I’m actually really good at keeping secrets. So anything you want to tell me after we wrap today? Like, totally off the record.
We’ll see. We’ll see…
Do you have two truths and a lie to share?
Oh my goodness, um, two truths and a lie? Let’s see. The first one is I ran away to Vegas and got married at 20 years old.
That’s a pretty good way to kick off!
I didn’t move out of my parents’ house until I was 19, and I’ve only ever gone to two countries outside of the U.S.
I’m going to have to go with you moved out earlier than 19 just because I’m thinking about your modeling career. But that’s all I have to go on.
Well, I actually moved out at 19 and then immediately started modeling. So you got it wrong. The lie is that I’ve only been to two countries outside the U.S.
Ah, okay. I should have gotten that because I know you’ve already been to Mexico at least. So this mysterious Las Vegas wedding?
That was a truth! That was it. I’m wild. I’m a romantic. What can I say? That quickly lead to divorce, though. But we’re still good friends, so it makes for a good story.
Yeah, it’s a good story, and it’s always something to pull out of your hat for last-minute two truths and a lie.
It never fails me. I’m gonna have to come up with a new one, though, because I’ve been recycling for a while.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Check out our previous episode featuring Cruella costume designer Jenny Beavan.