The real world might be filled with the doom and gloom of these trying economic times, but tune in to Gossip Girl once a week and you can be transported to a place where the biggest worry is who is wearing what designer.
"We live in an alternate universe on the show; it’s a heightened reality, so I don’t think the writers would work that in," Blake Lively, who plays Serena van der Woodsen tells Vogue of keeping the cold hard facts of the economy out of the show.
"They created a show that people can watch after a long day and not have to stress and worry and feel the burdens of real life," she adds in the interview. "It’s just an escape, watching these sparkly lives and just escaping into this other world for an hour."
Part of that shiny happy world is the constant parade of designer clothing draped across each and every character, a source of amusement in itself, Blake explains.
"The fashion is just unbelievable. You can watch our show on mute and be entertained," she says.
Blake’s own sense of style has become integrated into the show itself, as she once showed up to set wearing a vest that wardrobe had already picked out for Serena.
"The more they work with me and see my style, and the more I learn about fashion, the more input I have," she explains. "It’s more collaborative now than it was in the beginning because then I had no idea what I was doing."
But the seemingly perfect blonde hasn’t always been the popular girl she plays on TV and now in real life – even she got teased at a private L.A. school in second grade.
"It was the only school where people were just downright mean to me," she reveals. "They would make fun of my clothes because I dressed differently than the other kids."
And now she’s on a hit TV show and they’re not – take that, bullies!