If you’re looking for all the details on the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot (sequel?), the Cosmo piece is very up front about the fact that you won’t get any. They’re being extremely secretive about the specifics:

Oh, and Gossip Girl has gone from blogger to something more like an all-encompassing social media platform. Sound vague? Yeah, that’s the point. “My hope is that we make it to airing and people don’t know,” Safran says of the grand surprise. “I would love to see that conversation happen in the context of people having seen it as opposed to talking about something they haven’t seen.”

This is both good and bad: In an age of rampant spoilers, I love going into something completely blind to its particulars, as there are so few real surprises anymore. But the bigger a deal they make about secrecy, the more potential there is for the actual answer to elicit a response of, “Is that it? Huh.” But he’s right that with a project like this, ideally people wouldn’t discuss it to death before they’ve even seen an episode — and it helps that none of the original characters are in it (and indeed, the temptation to pick apart the SATC reboot in advance is irresistible, in part because we do know the players and thusly we are skeptical of the game).

So, the story itself mostly just lets the actors introduce themselves and ruminate a bit on whether their lives are about to change as radically as those of the original crew:

“I wasn’t expecting even half of the social media buzz and craze that I got,” says Savannah of what happened as more and more set images leaked during filming. “So I’m still thinking a little too modestly about what’s going to happen once the show drops. I’m just at home learning my lines. I forget sometimes that it’s literally Gossip Girl. And then I’m sitting in my bed and I’m doing something completely unrelated and I’m like, Wow, what’s happening? It smacks you in the face.”

Zión’s friends have started asking her about all this inevitable stardom. “They’re like, ‘You’re going to have a lot of attention. How are you going to deal with it? You’re so sensitive,’” she says. “I’m just going to pretend like everything’s the same and continue to do my job and create art that speaks to people. We’ll see how it goes.” Evan is worried but optimistic. Eh, sort of. “I just really hope I can go out my front door without, like, getting kidnapped or something,” he says.

ME TOO, Evan. That would be a very bad outcome indeed. The photos, in the grand tradition of cast pictures, appear to be primarily concerned with draping them all over each other and squeezing too many of them into a tight frame. They’re VERY busy. Almost as busy as the cast is going to be in a month or so.

[Photos by Ben Watts, graffiti by Trevor Andrew; the May/June issue of Cosmopolitan is on newsstands May 11]
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