Leighton Meester is a popular American model, singer, and film actress. She was born on April 9, 1986, in Fort Worth, Texas, but she lives mostly in L.A. and
City. She grew up under the care of her grandmother and was raised on Marco Island in Florida, where she joined the local playhouse’ productions. At 11, she and her mother moved to New York, where she studied at Professional Children’s School and has worked as a model in Wilhelmina International Inc. She has booked a campaign for Ralph Lauren, which was shot by fashion photographer, Bruce Weber, and
. Leighton also booked commercials for Clearasil and Tamagotchi. She did her television debut in the legal drama series, Law & Order in 1999.
At the age of 14, she shifted to L.A. as she looked for a more stable job. She studied at Hollywood High School and later attended Beverly Hills High School before she moved to a small private school, where she graduated. Post her television debut in Law & Order, she appeared in two more television series before bagging a big role in the 2003 horror-suspense film, Hangman’s Curse. Subsequently, she made an appearance on The WAB’s Tarzan in 2003. She started to receive offers from other television series such as 8 Simple Rules, Crossing Jordan, 7th Heaven, 24,
, and Entourage. In 2005, she became a regular as Savannah Barnett in the sci-fi TV series, Surface. The following year, she appeared in the films, Inside and Flourish. Leighton made a guest appearance in an episode of the crime drama series, Numbers and made a recurring role as Ali Johnson in the medical drama series, House.
She also made guest appearances in the police procedural series, CSI: Miami and the legal drama series, Shark. In 2007, she starred in the horror black comedy film, Drive-Thru, alongside Nicholas D’Agosto in the lead roles. The same year, she was cast as Blair Waldorf in the teen drama series, Gossip Girl, where she earned critically acclaimed, and her character was cited as the breakout character in the series. She also earned praises and recognitions for her wardrobe in the series. Later, she starred in the Canadian made-for-TV film, The Haunting of Sorority Row and essayed the role of Lori in the drama film, Remember the Daze.
In 2008, Leighton was seen in the comedy horror film, Killer Movie. In 2010, she starred in three films and had small roles in Shawn Levy’s
and Nanette Burstein’s Going the Distance. She co-starred with
and Tim McGraw in Country Song. The following year, she played as an obsessed bipolar in the psychological thriller film,
, where she earned praises from the critics. Her next appearance was with
in the Hungarian-American romantic comedy film,
. Her last film in 2011 was the romantic comedy film,
, where she played as Nina Ostroffs. In 2012, Leighton appeared in the comedy film, That’s My Boy, together with
. She also made an appearance in a music video, Addicted to Love by the Nomads. In the year 2014, she donned the lead role in the comedy film,
, along with Gillian Jacobs.
She played as Carla Powell in David Dobkin’s
Robert Downey Jr
. The film was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Leighton played as Billi Joe Armstrong’s love interest in the independent drama film, Like Sunday, Like Rain. Her last release in 2014 was the crime drama film, By the Gun. Also in 2014, she started acting on stage in the Broadway’s Of Mice and Men, which was adapted from John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. This 2016, Leighton is set to appear in the upcoming comedy series, Making History. On February 15, 2014, she got married to
, whom he met while filming The Oranges in 2011. They had their first born child in 2015.