Is it funny to play a playboy like Chuck Bass?
Ed Westwick: Yeah and it’s hell kissing all those girls… No, it is good fun and the part feels like it was written for me. Chuck has witty lines, gets to dress up and has very nice clothes. And it’s kept me on my toes, especially in the second season because of the good writing and taking the character to interesting places.
Do you use any of Chuck’s chat-up lines in real life?
EW: No, I don’t think I could. I’d probably get slapped. I have used his name before and just said, ‘Hi, I’m Chuck Bass’ like a catchphrase. It makes me giggle.
Do a lot of girls follow you down the street?
EW: I get a bit. It’s always good.,
Not only teenagers go crazy for you – there are also 35-year-old mothers who are obsessed…
EW: The attention has been nuts. Gossip Girl reaches out to a young audience and a more mature audience. I was at a basketball game sitting next to these 40-something guys. One said to the other, ‘Look, there are two people from Gossip Girl.’ The other one goes, ‘How can they be here? The show is on tonight.’ It was a dumb comment, but it showed that even someone in their 40s knows when Gossip Girl is on TV.
Chuck is such a bad boy. Why do women always go for bad boys?
EW: There is something desirable about them because they represent a fantasy. The trouble gets your heart racing and trouble is dangerous – although I don’t know what’s dangerous about Chuck. He’s not on the run from the law and he’s not killing people. Maybe women love him for the money. It’s nice to have some cash…
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I found a little more information on Ed’s role for Showtime’s Californication.
Ed Westwick is going from bad boy to vampire geek this summer.
Ed Westwick, who plays “Gossip Girl” troublemaker Chuck Bass, will guest star on the second episode of Showtime’s “Californication” as Balt, a student fascinated with vampire literature who enroll sin a class taught by star David Duchovny’s Hank.
Westwick is one of several guest stars appearing on the show’s third season. Showtime today said that Rick Springfield, Embeth Davidtz and Eva Amurri will join previously announced guest stars Kathleen Turner, Diane Farr and Peter Gallagher.
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Gossip Girl is set in a very privileged Upper East Side world. Do you think it portrays that side of New York well?
It’s a heightened sense of reality. I’m not from that world but I have friends now who are and they’ve been telling me and the rest of my cast-mates that we’re getting it pretty bang on.
Your character, Chuck Bass, is a ladies’ man – it’s probably safe to say he’s every father’s nightmare.
Lock up your daughters, definitely. He’s intelligent and quite slimy in the way he manipulates to his gain.
Ed Westwick talking to Hannah Pool Link to this audio
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