Gearing Up for Gossip Girl: Character Spotlight on Serena - Featured

Character Background

Serena van der Woodsen was the 'it girl' around the Upper East Side with her bff and partner in crime, Blair Waldorf, always by her side until Serena committed the ultimate crime against Blair - the stealing of the boyfriend! Or rather, the drunken sleeping with the bf.

Because of this and other wild child acts, Serena was off to boarding school, only to return right when us viewers entered the scene. Serena had to work her way back into the good graces of the Upper East Siders. Her next main squeeze became Brooklyn boy Dan Humphrey, though this is far from the end of Serena's story.

Fav Quotes

Chuck: I'm gonna have to tell my parents the hotel they just bought is serving minors.

Serena: And if you order a drink, they're also serving pigs.

Chuck: I love it when you talk dirty. - 1.1, Pilot

Dan: You've never? You're not a...

Serena: No. No, I wish. It's just...nobody's ever looked at the way you just did. In fact, I don't think they looked at me at all. - 1.7, Victor Victrola

Serena: You know, we should talk about this though. About us. About eventually.

Dan: Definitely, yes. Yes.

Serena: Or we can just get it over with in a broom closet. - 1.7, Victor Victrola

Serena (to Chuck): Ah. Incest, the universal taboo. One of the, uh, only ones you haven't violated.

Chuck: I'm game if you are. - 1.12, School Lies

Serena (to Dan): Okay. I will see you back in the city. Fully clothed. With lots of people around. Okay? - 2.2, Never Been Marcused

Serena (to Blair): Well, if you can't find common ground with a dictator, I don't know who can. - 2.2, Never Been Marcused

Serena (to Chuck): You are not using Blair as sexual Drano! - 2.3, The Dark Night

Serena: Like when she married a raging cokehead that left blow everywhere?

Eric: It wasn't everywhere. Just on the smooth, shiny surfaces. - 2.6, New Haven Can Wait

Serena: I don't know. I had enough trouble with the idea of mom and Rufus dating, but now I share a sibling with my boyfriend. That's little more hillbilly than I can handle. - 2.15, Gone with the Will

Source: Gossip Girl Insider


Love It/Hate It

Constantly in the public eye and usually with frivolous spending at her fingertips, this girl is ultimate fashion forward! But she has a few misses now and then too. She sexes up that drab school uniform like nobody can and wears smokin' hot (and age-inappropriate) stylish dresses when out causing trouble.

Fav Love Interest

Of the love interests we've known so far for Serena, though I think they have more to work through to truly fit, Dan is my favorite! If their parents stick out their romance, Dan and Serena's relationship will continue to be awkward, but I think Dan and Serena have a real enough connection that Dan is the one I'd love to see ultimately end up with Serena.

Juiciest Gossip Girl Scandal

While we only saw the ripple effects of this scandal, I think to date the biggest scandal for Serena reveled on Gossip Girl was her drunkenly sleeping with her best friend's boyfriend, aka Nate, then disappearing without a trace. Many more scandals have been reasonably life-altering, but since this one was quite true (unlike the pregnancy rumor when Serena was spotted buying a pregnancy test for Blair), Serena's Nate scandal caused her to go off to boarding school and actually change her life in a big way... and also in a way her friendships will never truly be repaired. Talk about a scandal!

What are your favs for Serena?

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Mar 11, 2009 5:47PM EDT

Um she didn't go off to boarding school because of what she did with Nate, she went because she believed she was responsible for the death of somebody which she kind of was.
And speaking of which that's my favorite scandal, the semi-season finale when she revealed, horror struck that she killed someone. And then the flashbacks, though it wasn't known outside the group, still imagine if it was?? Can you say trouble.
Besides that I'd go with Bart dieing, Jenny and Nate's rendezvous and Blair cheating on Nate; revealed. LOL.

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Mar 12, 2009 6:59AM EDT

I dont think she was responsible for the death of the guy. It was him who took it, and it was his responsibility because she didn't pressure him into it or something like that.
But I don't know, maybe she is kind of responsible for it and maybe she's not. I guess it's different with every person. :)

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Mar 24, 2009 12:42AM EDT

She wasn't responsible for the guy's death, but she was technically legally liable for it because she didn't do anything ... like, uh, call the police or an ambulance.
That's how and why she was responsible.

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