When I interviewed Blake Lively for our December cover, our chat covered the waterfront from whipped creme "carburetors" (a total foodie, she actually owns one) to the fact that she's now being tapped for indie films alongside the likes of Alan Arkin and Julianne Moore.

Though Blake's obviously got a lot going on, I couldn't resist asking about my favorite Gossip guy: Ed Westwick, aka the sinister Chuck Bass. Sliming his way through every episode in one insane, prep-run-amok ensemble after another, he's emerged as the show's true fashion scene-stealer.

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