They may feud like crazy on Gossip Girl, but off-screen, there is no (old) 90210-style drama between co-stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester.
"I've never really had a competitive relationship in any work situation," she says in the December issue of W, which features her on the cover.
"The media is always trying to pit us against one another, I guess because it's just not interesting to say, 'Everyone gets along; everybody just works 18-hour days and goes home to sleep.' That's not fun to read, I guess."
Besides, she says, the cast is too busy to bicker. Blake Lively says the Gossip Girl cast must chew through a 55-page script every eight days.
"You get used to it. I can read a four-page scene once and have it memorized," she says. "It's a skill you learn in school: disposable cramming. We're flying by the seat of our pants a lot of times, which is why I enjoy doing films. It's a change of pace.""It sounds cheesy, but with a film, you get to let each scene marinate."
The perks of working so hard?
"I probably have, like, 60 gorgeous bags," the Gossip Girl fashion icon gushes. "I have a closet with my really sharp, fancy, nice ones — the ones that go with my Valentino pumps, for example. And then I have a closet with the ones that are a little more rugged-feeling, the kind that go with my Belstaff motorcycle boots."
Blake Lively says she is slowly transitioning to the big screen.
"I've been learning as I'm going along," she says. "I thought, 'Okay, I'll try a movie. And I was loving films, so I thought, 'No, I don't want to try TV. But now I'm loving being on the show more than I ever could have imagined," she says. "It has been just the most amazing experience anybody could ever ask for. It's such a blessing."