That's the really fun thing about writing for series versus just doing a pilot or even doing a feature: you get to live with your actors, and as you learn their voices and they learn your dialog, you're kind of building the characters together.
'Lockup,' inside America's supersize prisons on MSNBC, is one of my favorite shows. I get a lot of my inspiration for Blair Waldorf from that show.
I grew up in a family where the thing that was valued most was being a hard worker, and if you commit to something, you follow through.
We got really close, but it was just too complicated and secretive to shoot at the Met Ball. That would have been the brass ring of 'Gossip Girl' episodes.
One of the best experiences of my life was shooting 'Gossip Girl' in Paris. To be there with your actors and crew was completely surreal.
'Gossip Girl' was an adaptation that, although very different from a Marvel property, had a vocal fan base. On that show, we started off very nervous about making any changes from the book. As we got our sea legs underneath us, we became more bold.
Teens have a sensational narcissism and genuinely believe that their experiences are unique and can't be explained to adults. But we forgive them for their mistakes and naivete.
I was a huge 'Charlie's Angels' fan when I was a little girl, and I can go back to sitting on my couch in Ottawa, Ontario, watching TV and thinking, 'How do I get to there from here, because that looks way better.'
All the NASA footage is in the public domain, and it's so beautiful; it's really stunning.
Sonic Youth is one of my favorite bands.