The 'Gossip Girl' Cast On The Reboot's Shockingly Low-Key Love Triangle

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The 'Gossip Girl' Cast On The Reboot's Shockingly Low-Key Love Triangle

"I'm like, trembling," says Whitney Peak, one of the stars of the new Gossip Girl; Peak, who plays new-to-school Zoya Lott, is worried about giving away any spoilers over our Zoom chat. "I'm like, walking on hot water."

In many ways, the Gossip Girl reboot on HBOMax wants to remind you of the original series, which would make a hesitancy about spoilers a touch inessential — but a lot has changed since 2007. Gen Z is very different compared to the millennials who came before them, and that extends to how they navigate high school drama in Gossip Girl land, and the love triangles within.

This time around, we see the potential for a love triangle between Zoya, Otto "Obie" Bergmann IV (played by Eli Brown), and Julien Calloway (played by Jordan Alexander) at the very beginning of the season, but don't expect a stereotypical feud to break out; unlike their predecessors Serena van der Woodsen, Nate Archibald, and Blair Waldorf, the new generation of Upper East Siders on Gossip Girl simply can't be bothered with the pettiness.

Peak, left; Alexander, right

"I'm impressed every day at Obie's inability to make up his mind," says Brown about Obie's waffling heart. (His character, for fans of the original series, is like the perfect hybrid of Dan Humphrey and Carter Baizen.) "But I do feel like, that is real, though. Sometimes that happens," says Alexander, whose Julien is the would-be Blair of the new series. Julien, it should be noted, is Zoya's half-sister.

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