Penn Badgley, one of the CW show’s biggest stars, sounded downright indifferent when asked by the New York Post about the once-groundbreaking teen soap:
“It is what it is,” said the 23-year-old actor. “It’s the fourth season. It’s become routine.”
Penn also put to rest any idea that the cast is one big, chummy family. “We’re not friends,” the Easy A star said of Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick, whose romance has reportedly rekindled. “I mean, we just don’t double-date.” “We” being Badgley and longtime girlfriend and Gossip co-star Blake Lively.