Gossip Girl Leighton Meester could give her CW co-star Taylor Momsen a run for her money as a break out singing star from the show, after her performance in her new movie “Country Strong.”
Meester stars with Gwyenth Paltrow and real country star Tim McGraw in a movie about a down-on-her-luck singer (Paltrow) who is attempting to launch a comeback in competition with newcomer Chiles Stanton (Meester).
Despite their on-screen rivalry, the the 24-year-old Gossip Girl idolizes Paltrow and was in awe of the 38-year-old Oscar winner during the production.
“She is full of surprises. As an actress, she is so giving and talented,” Meester told Us magazine. “She’s super down-to-earth and she makes dirty jokes. She’s just a cool chick.”
Meester said she was starstruck when she first met Paltrow. “She’s gorgeous without any makeup on!”
The same might not be said for Momsen, who was recently went on hiatus from Gossip Girl to concentrate on playing with her band The Pretty Reckless.
Meester has also sung with Cobra Starship.
Check out Leighton singing “Summer Girls” in Country Strong. The country music film opens Jan. 7.
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