ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK. Leave it to Ed Westwick and his chiseled jawline to steal the spotlight in the television series “Gossip Girl.”
Portraying the Upper East Side bad boy Chuck Bass, who unexpectedly fell head over heels in love with a New York royalty, Westwick soon becomes the “it” actor—and a style icon. Apparently, being the emotionally driven, self-destroying lad onscreen involves putting on dapper suits and appearing ridiculously good-looking in silk pajamas. And that grants him to be listed among the best-dressed men on television. Furthermore, Westwick was crowned One to Watch in the 9th Annual Style Awards in 2012 for his equally notorious, smoldering rock ‘n’ roll style. The lead singer of the British indie-rock band Filthy Youth is also named one of the Sexiest Men Alive in 2008.
The British thespian’s achievement surely does not stop in fashion-related episodes. While he carved a second-to-none performance showing darkness and vulnerability of a troubled rich boy in “Gossip Girl,” Westwick continues his antihero venture in the 2013 remake of “Romeo and Juliet” as Romeo’s fiery rival, Tybalt. Previously, he joined the cast of the autobiographical movie “J. Edgar” and the romantic comedy flick “Chalet Girl”—much like warm-ups for the bigger roles he scored later. This year, Westwick swaps Renaissance Verona with Little Italy to star in the movie adaptation of Anthony Bourdain’s novel “Bone in the Throat.” He also films three other titles across the genres of thriller and horror: A signal that the actor does not hesitate in probing new territories.
As Tybalt in “Romeo and Juliet”
Creating chemistry in “Gossip Girl”
His personal rock ‘n roll style
• “I’ve always connected with music. Life’s not always what you see; it’s what’s going on in your head. Music is what comes out of your subconscious.”
• “‘Gossip Girl’ is based on a woman who spreads gossip on the internet, so I guess the concept of the show is stretching out into real life. People chop and change in their relationships. Life imitates art and art imitates life.”
• “It’s all about the work, you know; the feeling you get when you connect to the work. And that’s what I had with Chuck Bass in the beginning—I was fascinated by him.”
• “You care [about] what they think and how they feel. And when you’re not looking at anyone else, that’s when you know she’s the one.”
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