Blake Lively, after closing the book on Serena van der Woodsen, married her Green Lantern co-star Ryan Reynolds and got pregnant with their first child, a girl named James (seriously) born in early 2015. Since Gossip Girl wrapped, she moved on to film projects as an actress, and has kept a pretty low profile, which doesn't always mesh with her fashion icon status and being named one of TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People. She also launched a new Gwyneth Paltrow-esque lifetyle website, Preserve, on which she revealed her pregnancy.
Taylor Momsen quit Gossip Girl in the middle of the series to pursue her music career as the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless, whose second album Going to Hell came out in March. Their debut album Light Me Up made it to #1 on numerous rock charts and spawned a hit in "Make Me Wanna Die," resulting in successful world tours for Taylor.
Gossip Girl herself (himself?) Penn Badgley has been more than happy to put his blogging/teenybopper heart throb days behind him. He earned strong reviews for his performance as Jeff Buckley in Greetings, and his Brooklyn-based band, Mother, has been actively recording and performing. Penn, who moved on from Blake Lively with Zoe Kravitz, has also been cast in The Paper Stone, alongside Tatiana Maslany.
Gossip Girl's ultimate bad boy heart throb, Ed Westwick, played Tybalt in Carlo Carlei and Julian Fellowes' adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in 2013. He was in the Chinese action thriller Last Flight, which opened earlier this year. He also signed on to play the lead in Bone In The Throat, based on Anthony Bourdain’s novel, and Take Down, a thriller about a group of privileged young people who are kidnapped.
Connor Paolo traded the Upper East Side for the Hamptons, starring as a series regular on Revenge for two seasons as Declan Porter, the Montauk kid from the wrong side of the tracks who got caught up in the Graysons' web of lies and ultimately paid for it with his life.
Jessica Szohr has appeared in Piranha 3D, Pawn, I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Internship, and Tower Heist. In addition, Szohr was in episode of Punk’d with Dianna Agron and had a cameo in Taylor Swift’s music video for “22.” She was also cast in the pilot for USA Network’s Complications and dated Aaron Rodgers of the NFL's Green Bay Packers!