"I never wear makeup when I'm not at work," she explains.
"It can make you forget what you look like, and I've grown to really love the way I look without it."Sound surprisingly unsnotty? In fact, the night before, she ordered in burgers and watched Home Alone 2 with a friend.
"My mom lived through a lot before I was born, and I can't judge her on that," Leighton says.
"Look, I could've turned out a lot worse."From a very young age, Leighton knew she wanted to act.
"I watched a lot of TV, and it clicked one day that these people were acting," she says.
By the time she walks into La Bottega Caffe, near New York City's Meatpacking District, and settles in to the booth, we're braced for a throw-down. For starters, there's not a headband or haughty set of pearls in sight.
Leighton shows up makeup-free in retro Nike sneakers, skinny jeans, a black tank top, and...horn-rimmed glasses (are you picturing this? Clearly, she's not going out of her way to project an intimidating image on us or the customers doing double-takes as they walk by.
Ed Westwick, who plays Chuck, really cuts to the chase when discussing his costar.
"Leighton plays such a good bitch because she is one," he says.
(Answer: No, her mother had her in a hospital.) Did she secretly get engaged to a costar?
(Answer: Read on.)Blair is unquestionably the villain viewers root for: ditched by her dad, screwed up by her mom, and in a torturous will-they-or-won't-they relationship with gigantic a-hole Chuck Bass.
What follows is a silence so awkward, we actually start to sweat — until he bursts out laughing. She's so good at it because she has fun with it." Boy, the Gossip Girl cast are quite the kidders.