The original series focused on such powerful female characters as Blake LivelySerena van der Woodsen and Leighton MeesterBlair Waldorf. And while the new cast members couldn’t offer too much about their own characters, they remain confident that the updated version will continue that legacy.

“Gender roles are being discussed and dissected,” revealed Emily. “A lot of the women on our show are very powerful, but I think they were in the original too. We’re going to explore what it means to be a woman in this generation and, in general, examine ideas that we don’t have.” t before. “

In terms of the pressure to be compared to the original, the new cast have been confident that viewers will appreciate the updated series for what it is.

“We realized that we can take on these roles and make them our own – they have their own characteristics that are special and differentiated [them] from the original, “said Emily.” I think people will relate to them on different levels. “

“I think Emily really hit the nail on the head,” added Jordan. “We’re just open and staying true to the essence of Gossip Girl, but with a completely different point of view.”