Leighton Meester Would Not Return to Gossip Girl — Here’s Why

The Single Parents actress said it was difficult trying to navigate her early adulthood in the spotlight.

“Everyone has their own journey, especially in their early twenties when they’re just figuring out who they are. Because of the success of [Gossip Girl], I was put in a place where that journey was sped up,” she continued. “I had to figure it out quickly and with not a completely developed mind to discern between what’s real and what’s not, who I can trust and who I can’t. I got really lucky and was able to very early on find and stay friends with people who are true.”

But looking back, the actress said the set was not always “the healthiest environment.”

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“I’m not haunted by that time, but it’s been interesting and helpful for me to look at it and examine it as an adult,” she added.

Meester, 34, is now married to actor Adam Brody with whom she shares 3-year-old daughter Arlo. She said starting a family helped put her life into perspective.

“I wouldn’t change anything [in the past] because I’m happy where I am now,” she said. “And I think that that’s one of the many wonderful parts of not only having a child and meeting your soulmate, but also I feel really lucky career-wise, really in a place that I want to be.”

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