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As you may recall, the CW hit made waves on Sept. 19, 2007, following the popularity of the book series written Cecily von Ziegesar , quickly catapulting Blake Lively , Leighton Meester , Ed Westwick , Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley to fame.
In honor of the major anniversary, Vanity Fair caught up with the cast and crew including creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz as well as writer Joshua Safran who revealed some surprising facts not even the show's biggest fans may have known about.
1. It Was Inspired After The O.C. 's Success: Schwartz and Savage were also the creators and showrunners of The O.C. They were looking for something just as exciting to execute after the show's end, and Gossip Girl was just the way to do it.