Savannah Smith’s Gossip Girl Character Wasn’t Planned To Be Gay

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I think we can agree it’s much better this way.

So, if you’ve been watching the Gossip Girl reboot, you saw a scene in the most recent episode where Monet de Haan was making out with a girl at the bar.

But, it turns out, that was not always the case! In a recent interview with Them magazine, series showrunnner Joshua Safran revealed he hadn’t considered Monet’s sexuality at first, so he defaulted the character as straight.

Things changed when he noticed how open Smith was about her bisexuality on social media. Safran said, “I saw Savannah being authentic and living her life. So I said to her, ‘Savannah, would you feel comfortable if Monet was a lesbian?’ And she was like, ‘Absolutely. Sign me up.'”

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This led to the bar scene from the third episode being altered to have Monet kissing a girl to declare her queerness.

Safran said, “I think it says a lot that my default, even right now while talking to you, was to say, ‘We hadn’t given any thought to her sexuality, so she was straight.'”


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He added, “It means the default in my fucking brain is still that a character is straight, and that is something I’m going to fight against my whole life because that is how I was raised.”

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing much more of Monet this season! New episodes of Gossip Girl stream Thursdays on HBO Max.

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