Tightly-harnessed rage is something we saw Leighton Meester deliver up countless times as Blair Waldorf. But the 30-year-old woman perched on the edge of a velveteen lounge chair in the empty Jane Hotel ballroom isn’t exactly angry. She’s more frustrated: “The excitement for a lot of people is: Man and woman meet, get married, then have a baby. But in the meantime, there’s so much more to women. We have these flawed heroes so often leading shows. But a flawed heroine? She’s portrayed in a different way: so much more of a bitch, and if she’s older, certainly a dried up one.”
It’s a crisp afternoon in late February and Meester is here talking up her new Fox series, Making History, a time travel comedy that also stars The Mindy Project’s Adam Pally. The actress plays Deborah Revere, the gun-slinging, bear-skinning, ax-hurling, real-life daughter of Paul, who falls for a guy from 2017 and eventually agrees to climb into his giant duffel bag so they can return to the future together. Everything you imagine might go wrong does, which basically explains the thrust of the plot.
Clad in a cozy sweater and dark jeans, her hair piled half-up on her head, Meester tells me she modeled her Making History character on the kind of childlike wonderment that effectively skewers adults for their bullshit. “You know when a kid stares at you and you’re like, ‘Don’t look at me like that, don’t judge me’?” Meester asks. “Deborah is like that. Her innocence and naïveté make her cutting and childlike at the same time. It brings out the best in people around her.”
Leighton appeared in ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ last March 13 in Los Angeles to promote her new TV show, Making History. Don’t miss the interview and the HQ pictures of the program in our gallery:
I just added the new promotional stills from the episode 1×05: The Touchables of Making History and you can read below the official synopsis:
In need of some quick cash for Deb to purchase an ice cream parlor, the trio decides to make some money rather than save the world. But after Chris devises a strategy to cash in on the fixed 1919 Chicago World Series baseball game, their get-rich-quick scheme is derailed when they run into the infamous mobster Al Capone in the all-new “The Touchables” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, April 2 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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Making History: Promotional stills & Synopsis from 1×04
I added to the gallery the promotional stills from the episode 1×04: Chadwick’s Angels of Making History, also you can read below the official synopsis:
In need of a victory, the trio heads back to the 1990s to give Dan another shot at his childhood dream: finishing the infamous “Bellybuster” ice cream sundae at a local parlor. As Deb bonds with the parlor’s owner, Chris is on a mission to save a life in honor of his late British friend. But all of their plans are derailed when Dan runs into the bully that tormented him.
When WWD connects with Leighton Meester over the phone, it’s a few days after New York Fashion Week, and she’s just made the rounds at Prabal Gurung and Kate Spade, in her first fashion week appearance in a few years.
“It had been a while since I’d been to New York, and I was like ‘Man, I kind of miss it,’” the actress says. “And at the same time, it’s so cold usually during that time and you’re just trying to dress nice and go out [but] it’s cold.”
The 30-year-old Meester, best known for her star-making role as Blair Waldorf on the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” was a fixture of New York fashion while the series aired, if for no other reason than because of her character. After the show ended, Meester decamped to L.A. four years ago, where she is now a mother to a one-year-old daughter, Arlo, with husband Adam Brody.
“I was really happy living in New York, and to be totally honest, the reason why I ended up moving — and the reason changed over time, but, in the beginning — was because I had been saving up, and I wanted to buy a home,” she says.
You can see now the new promotional stills from the episode 1×03: The Boyfriend Experience of Making History and read below the official synopsis:
Deborah slowly discovers that Dan may not be the thrilling inventor he claimed to be back in 1776, and questions their budding relationship. To get her back, Dan resorts to desperate (and alarming) measures. Meanwhile, Chris is under intense scrutiny from his mentor, Dr. Cobell (guest star Ben Vereen), as he works to finally achieve tenure at the university in the all-new “The Boyfriend Experience” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, March 19 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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