Beyond Blair

For a lot of people she’ll never shake off the character that brought her into the spotlight, but she is much more than that and if you think she’ll always be confined by the lavish Waldorf last name then you should be paying more attention to Leighton Meester’s life. She’s appeared in movies, television and, most recently, in theater. She might not be in the news as much as other actresses, but it doesn’t mean she has stopped working. Last year she released her album Heartstrings and it’s very different from her previous work, though Your Love Is A Drug is actually one of my favorite songs from her and I’d welcome a piano version of it! Three days ago The AV Club uploaded a video where Leighton covered The Cardigans’ “Lovefool” for their Undercover video series and I fell in love with her all over again.

I had the pleasure of watching her play Curley’s wife in Of Mice and Men and if  Blair made you think that Leighton is a one-sided actress then you need to think twice, Blair was a complex character and, further more, you can see how good of an actress she is during her 2014 debut on Broadway and also read how she gave this classic a whole new meaning with the essay she wrote for The Huffington Post. One of the most important things I’ve learned from following her on Twitter, Instagram and other media is that she is a very sweet, down to earth woman who enjoys what she does, loves what she has done so far and still has a lot more to do in the future because she is not afraid to be who she is. leighton-meester

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