Leighton Meester channels Carrie, Taylor in 'Country Strong'
December 14th, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Leighton Meester channels Carrie, Taylor in 'Country Strong'

Leighton Meester may be known for playing Upper East Side schemer Blair Waldorf on the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” but the 24-year-old actress had to rustle up some country charm for her role in the upcoming movie, “Country Strong.”

Meester stars alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in the film about a rehabilitating country singer (Paltrow) who’s trying to make a comeback amidst the competition: Meester’s Chiles Stanton.

In order to get a little bit country, Meester - who has showcased her vocal talents on songs like "Somebody to Love" – turned to some of the genre's top sellers.

“I saw these great performances like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood…they are sort of the same type of music that my character sings so I was looking to that set of country stars,” Meester told CNN.

But it sounds like her wardrobe didn’t head in a similar direction. “She's got big hair, big eyelashes, acrylic nails, lip liner, blue leather dresses,” the actress told E! of her character. “It was a lot of fun. It was like playing dress up Country Barbie."

As for playing Blair Waldorf, Meester also let it slip that she plans on walking in those designer heels for just two more years, at which point her contract with the soapy drama will be up.

Meester said she didn't know if the show would also end around that time, but she did reference an “old saying about wanting to go out on top."

"Country Strong" debuts in theaters January 7, and "Gossip Girl" returns to the CW on January 24.


Filed under: Celebrities • Gossip Girl • movies • television

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. ME

    Article says nothing about Lifetime. You obviously don't know how to read. Gwyneth Paltrow on Friends? I think you're thinking of Lisa Kudrow or Jennifer Aniston. Stay off the internet for a bit it's warping the part of your brain that makes your common sense.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cheefsfury

    OK FOR SERSIOUSLY WHO IS GIVING LIFETIME SUCH A BIG BUDGET THEY CAN HIRE BIG STARS LIKE THE BROAD FROM GOSSIP GIRL AND THE BLOND FROM FRIENDS AND HOW DID THEY GET HOLLYWEIRD TO PUT THEIR MOVIE UP IN THEATRES

    December 14, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Advertisement
About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,481 other followers