But on the living, breathing Upper East Side, the Bass surname has an actual association: power couple Sid and Mercedes Bass. TKTKTKTKTKTKThe Bass dynasty's roots date back to Sid Williams Richardson, a self-made Texas oilman and rancher who was born in 1891.How much of the show's Bass story line finds its inspiration in the real-life Bass family? Richardson was a lifelong bachelor whose closest relative was his only nephew, Perry Bass.The roles of Gossip Girl’s Serena van der Woodsen and Chuck Bass could've gone to other actors ...but Blake Lively and Ed Westwick slayed their auditions. Former lovebirds and Gossip Girl co-stars Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr are now giving it another shot, reportedly.334, with an estimated net worth of billion, while Edward is No. TKTKTKTKTKTKPersona In the first two seasons, Chuck was portrayed as a bad-boy Casanova. He was spurred to buy the hotel when he couldn't close a deal to open a nightclub.This season, he's started to drop his slick exterior, revealing a softer side. (In the book series, Chuck lives at the Plaza hotel.)The Bass brothers are known for making major investments in publicly traded and private companies, with a portfolio comprising oil, tech, biotech, media, and real-estate investments. When they do, the actress usually responds with a friendly, "I get that." (Slightly tougher to take are the clueless types who say she resembles a certain TV star—only "cuter." Because, really, she wonders, "what is that supposed to mean?
The elder Bass, who died in a car wreck last season, was a hard-dealing, self-made entrepreneur who earned his billions as the head of Bass Industries.
Three days later, my manager calls to tell me that I'd been with the show's ecutive producer and one of the creators and they want me to audition." Less than a week after that, Jessica was on her way to New York. Of course, she was originally booked for only a three-episode stint; three seasons later, she's still around.
Her character, Vanessa, who at first "had only Dan Humphrey as a friend," has become an integral part of the show, romancing Nate, scheming against Blair, and, yes, engaging in a controversy-baiting (if mostly off-camera) three-way.
Instead, the Wisconsin-raised former child model is truly refreshingly real.
Take, for example, the story of how she snagged her breakthrough role on : "Two of my friends in L. invited me to this Labor Day barbecue, but I really just wanted to stay on the couch with my French bulldog," she says. "I remember hanging out by the pool in an old T-shirt and jean shorts, just talking to people.