The legal fees eventually caused Rutherford to file bankruptcy.

It's hard not to get antsy when you're waiting for Leighton Meester to show up.

Here's what the cast of "Gossip Girl" is doing now: In the midst of shooting "Gossip Girl," Rutherford filed from divorce from her husband, leading the couple into a grueling custody battle over their two children.

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(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.

Ed Westwick, who plays Chuck, really cuts to the chase when discussing his costar.

By 2009, its raunchy ads and commercials were causing a public uproar.

Parents began demanding that the show be canceled while their children were counting down the hours until it aired.

"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.

But that's not to say she's always a homebody — cast members often go out together, and Leighton's been written up in New York gossip columns for "downing tequila shots" and making out with abandon at nightclubs.

That seems impossible, but after watching her closely, we believe her.

"In this world, everyone wants to know everything about you, and I think that's funny," she says, propping one elbow on the table and waving off the rumors with a raised hand. People speculate a lot about me, saying there's something else that's really the truth...." She trails off, looks kind of sad, and bows her head.

After several years and minor roles on shows like House and Entourage, she landed Blair. Turns out, the creators of the show had had their eyes on Leighton for some time.