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'Gossip Girl': The one with the celebrity cameos

Gossipgirl_danolivia Could "Gossip Girl" be turning into the "Entourage" of the East? It's only a matter of time before more and more celebrities sign up to appear on the show, especially after Hilary Duff and Tyra Banks kicked last night's episode off so well. I'd like to see Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg try to look as fabulous.

Duff entered the fray as Olivia Burke, a young movie star of "Twilight"-like proportions who is desperate for a normal college experience. She gets a small taste of normalcy when she meets clueless Dan, who is the last person on earth to recognize her, and Vanessa, her new roommate. Olivia becomes Dan's new love interest and somewhat establishes his type: blonds with a trail of paparazzi behind them. This romance, of course, won't last too long, what with a vengeful Georgina waiting in the wings and Duff's real movie career beckoning, but I thought Olivia and Dan make a cute couple, no?

I admit, I had very little expectations when I first heard of Duff's casting. I wasn't too familiar with her body of work outside of her roles in "Cheaper By the Dozen" and "The Cinderella Story" (come on, like you've never "accidentally" landed on the ABC Family channel), but I thought it safe to assume that playing a cute, blond, undercover actress would be a cakewalk for her. And it was! Like Dan, I felt gullible yet charmed. The Duff was sweet, adorable and "refreshingly normal" -- she had me at "I love Godard!"

Banks didn't evoke the same fuzzy feeling, but she definitely left her signature over-the-top mark as a high-strung actress named Ursula Nyquist. Determined to convince Lily that deferring from Brown was a good idea, Serena lands a job in celebrity public relations, and her first task is to prepare a panicked Ursula for her movie premiere. From the weaves and the diva attitude to her breakdown and "America's Next Top Model"-esque heart-to-heart with Serena, Tyra had me smiling with my eyes. It was overacting at its best. Serena, as it turns out, is far too honest to work in publicity, but her knack for quelling diva nerves and giving sage advice in clutch moments allows her to keep her job. 

While S takes a stab at the working world, Blair continues the struggle to find her niche at NYU. Despite her efforts, she's unable to meet like-minded elitists (the thought of her expounding the merits of He-Man in the Masters of the Universe club was funny though) and finds herself back to luring freshman at Constance. Oh B, do you really want to be that person who can't leave high school behind you? Blair's meddling poses a problem for Jenny, who, as the newly crowned queen bee, attempts to abolish the school's social hierarchy. Luckily for J, Chuck isn't very happy with B's regression either, and they briefly team up to snap some sense back into her. Swoons all around for Chuck's "I'm Chuck Bass and I love you" speech -- the show is really indulging Blair and Chuck fans with extra helpings of mush. 

It's your turn, readers. What were your favorite moments of the episode? Did you enjoy Hilary Duff's and Tyra Banks' performances? Comment away!

xoxo

-- Enid Portuguez

Photo: Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey and Hilary Duff as Olivia Burke. Credit: CW

 
Comments () | Archives (16)

Yes! The episode was amazing and Hilary definitely was amazing!

Loved the episode, and I can't wait for next week's! That being said, Tyra's overacting was too over the top for me, and instead of feeling bad for her, I kept laughing at her terrible acting. For her part, Hilary Duff actually surprised me.

Hilary Duff's character was a touch too "cutesy" for me. I think Serena's somewhat sweet personality is the perfect dollop of doe-eyed charm for the Gossip Cirl cast. Heck, even Vanessa contributes to the sugary-charming-witty-outsider-insider factor. I don't know...maybe I just love Snark too much...

I loved to hate Tyra's performance. She "acted" like she does on every she has been on.She ACTS in everyday real life for the love; consistently over the top. She could have just been herself...Or maybe she was being herself. I'm hoping that was the last appearance of our favorite Diva.

Ahhh Chuck. Chuckleberry. Chuckie-kins. In the beginning of the show, I never thought I could grow to like him let alone love him. Ahem! I mean Ed Westick is a talented performer, of course. I'm NOT in love with a t.v. character. That would be crazy!!! Forget that I had a crush on Donatello, the purple ninja turtle. Sighhh... he was so intellectual. Chuck's "I love you" speech was so conceited and arrogant and unbelievably HOT!

Is it just me or is anyone else concerned that Serena may have like 15 STDs? I'm sure that is yet to come in a future season. Someone slap a chastity belt on our friend!

I have never watched an episode of Gossip Girl until last night. I was curious to see how Hillary Duff's character would play out (yes, I have "accidently" landed on A Cinderella Story - cute). Suprised me, I enjoyed it. Ed Westwick - SUPERFINE, Chuck Bass - Byronic Hero sexy. Loved the 'Dumbo needed a feather but could fly all along' line. Pay some schmo to take your girlfriend's picture to skyrocket her elitist self-esteem, that's love.

Lady GaGa is the next celebrity guest appearing on Gossip Girl and Hillary Duff is in at least 7 eps

wow... last ep was nice but I think that the 3rd season is missing something!

I LOVE HILARY DUFF I REALLY LOVE HER SHE IS MY FAVORITE SINGER AND ACTRESS

I Love HILARY DUFF!!!!! I KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO BE AWESOME!!!!! SHE IS JUST AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL!!!! I'M ONE OF HER BIGGEST FANS AND I CAN'T SAY IT ENOUGH I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE HILARY DUFF!!!! AND I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT MONDAY!!!!!

Duff did really good.. I wasn't expecting it to be so good! This shows she is really growing as an actor which she has been trying to do so woo for her. :) I can't wait to see more from her! Like her remake of Bonnie & Clyde.

Hilary was awesome!! =] I'm excited for the next episode.

Hilary was stunning....she is an exceptional actress, singer and song writer.

Hilary Duff was AMAZING!She definitely grew into a pretty young lady and her acting skills are improving!! GO HILARY!

I dont think Johnny Drama will be dropping by Gossip Girl anytime soon!

i hope he debuts soon in mexico!
I´M FAN #1 OF HILARY DUFF:)

Hilary duff was actually pretty good, i though she was going to be terrible.

with this now i think duff will be a worth watching in the near future, i think i'll go and rent some of the indie movies she has been doing for the last two years or so i think according to wikipedia.


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