GOSSIP GIRL: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Spill on Chuck, Blair…and Eva in Season 4
July 29, 2010 by Korbi Ghosh
As promised, after the GOSSIP GIRL panel at TCA — which we live blogged for your reading pleasure — we did in fact storm the stage and attack executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz with your reader questions.
In this first installment of our interrogation, we concentrate on one Mr. Chuck Bass and what he’ll be up to in season 4.
But be sure to come back to GIVE ME MY REMOTE later tonight or early tomorrow for more on the rest of the show’s characters…
So, what can you say about the new season and Chuck’s story?
Stephanie Savage: We’re really excited about Clemence [Poesy], who plays a character named Eva who comes to us through Chuck’s world. [Clemence] is such a special, special actress and, I think, coming from film and being European, she just has a totally different energy than the rest of the cast and it feels really fresh and exciting when she’s in scenes with these guys — both in Paris and then back in New York.
Do we know how long Clemence (Eva) is sticking around for?
SS: I know how long she’s sticking around for! I don’t want to say exactly how many episodes, because I find that people then count them down in a way that keeps them from really investing in the story, but it’s multiple episodes and she’s someone that we’ve loved working with so much that we’d love to have her back in the future.
Can you say anything about the character’s personality? Will she be likable?
SS: I think she’s extremely likable. She’s very different than any of the other characters on the show and she comes in as a real outsider to the world — not just like Upper East Side versus Brooklyn but to the whole culture. And she’s a little bit of an innocent who gets schooled pretty hard when she arrives.
Courtesy of Blair, perhaps?
SS: [Laughs] Perhaps!
We know Chuck is alive, obviously, but is he suffering any repercussions from the shooting?
SS: He has a cane and we will discover that he may have not gotten the best medical care possible after he was found in the alley!
Other than his goings-on with Eva and Blair, what will Chuck be up to? Is he going to hold on to the hotel this year?
Is he going to be going to school at all?
SS: …interesting question!
Interesting answer… Are you at all surprised about the audience being so drawn to this character, given how sort of complicated he is?
Josh Schwartz: He’s done some pretty bad things — I think we actually saw him at his lowest at the end of last year — and he’s done some great things. And he’s shown that he’s a real romantic, too. And with an actor like Ed, you have someone who can take you there. You see how charming he is. How do you not love that guy? People find that character fun and enjoy taking the ride.
And how will Blair find that character this season?
JS: Oh Blair. I get so much enjoyment from Blair Waldorf. You know, her being at NYU was like throwing a fish far, far out of water and I think [now that she's at Columbia] you’ll see Blair with her power back, with her swagger back, you know, back in her game, but still troubled by thoughts of Mr. Bass. The Chuck-Blair relationship, whether they’re together or not — which I’m certainly not going to reveal either way — will always be a huge drive to the show emotionally.
What do you think, you guys?
Chuck Bass as a college boy? In a serious relationship with someone other than Blair?
Weigh in below…
And don’t forget to come back to GIVE ME MY REMOTE for more of the latest on your favorite GOSSIP GIRLs and boys, including Dan, Serena, Vanessa, Eric and Katie Cassidy’s character too…