"Most people I know are starting to get married," the actress said to the magazine. "It'll be kids next. I like the grown-up stuff. I like having a house. I've got dogs."
Starring in her breakout role as Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf for six seasons, Leighton hopes to transition into more adult roles. "I started the show when I was so young, and once it was over, I wanted to do things that were exciting and challenging and more me—more my adult taste," she said.
With that transition, Leighton hopes to take on the role of more complex female characters. But regardless of her talent and experience, finding and snagging those roles are easier said than done! "As far as scripts go, the roles of women standing alone on their own as whole, real, full people are few and far between," she said. "So with both of those roles [Life Partners and Like Sunday, Like Rain], what I loved is that neither of them are centered around romantic relationships. They're flawed, real human beings that I could break down and really enjoy playing. They're like me, in a way."
Leighton challenged herself when she took the Broadway stage in Of Mice and Men. "For my own sanity, I'd rather play parts that I haven't done before," she explained. "That's why I was so excited by the Of Mice and Men experience. I felt that I was part of something that meant something, and that was important to me. From now on, I would like to be part of projects that have a message."
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