Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick on Chuck Bass: "He's Got A Long Way to Go"
Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick on Chuck Bass: "He's Got A Long Way to Go"
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick recently chatted with two British media outlets about his role as the sexy, slimy Chuck Bass on the CW teen drama, which is three episodes away from ending its second season. So what does the man behind the millionaire have to say for himself?

When asked by the Guardian's Hannah Pool if his character Chuck has any redeeming qualities, Westwick said, "I think so. They try to make every one of the characters loyal to each other despite the tiffs they may have. But, then again, he basically cheated on his friend Nate by having sex with his girlfriend. He goes after what he wants. Sometimes that's not a good thing. He's got a long way to go before he's a nice guy."

Read on for more from the interviews (plus video), which hit on other topics ranging from what annoys Westwick about Americans, how he deals with fame, and when he'll soon be dining with Obama. Plus his real-life sexy, sexy British accent.

"He's intelligent and quite slimy in the way he manipulates to his gain," Westwick told the Guardian about his character. When asked if he'd be friends with Chuck in real life, he said, "We'd be associates, definitely."

And he's not worried about taking any of Chuck's tricks home from the set. "No. I've got a clear line between work and real life."

But lately, work has been inching in on real life because of Westwick's new found fame.

"After the first season, I could come back here [to the UK] and no one knew who I was. But now it's changing. It comes with the territory. Today there are paparazzi out, I'm doing a day of press, I'm in a hotel, I've just been on Radio 1. But when I'm in my day-to-day life people don't know who I am and I'm left to my own devices."

Westwick was adamant that he does not read gossip or blogs about his daily life, which "usually they get wrong," anyway. But he doesn't let the attention get to him. "It's not a downside," he said, "because it doesn't in any way dampen the enjoyment I'm having. Fame and status are a side product."

Status does matter to Chuck Bass, the teen king of New York City. So where does Westwick stand on living in the US or the UK?

"I love England, and when we're sitting out here on a day like this it's hard to love anywhere more. London fascinates me, and obviously this is where I'm from. It's what I know. But in the last two years I've begun to add something else to my repertoire. I've become comfortable with the New York lifestyle and the American way, and I really love it out there."

 "It's a heightened sense of reality," Westwick said about the way Gossip Girl portrays New York and its most privileged residents. "I'm not from that world but I have friends now who are and they've been telling me and the rest of my cast-mates that we're getting it pretty bang on."

Westwick also recently appeared on the UK teen-aimed morning show T4, where he talked about his invitation to the White House Correspondents' Dinner, among other things. (Including the last time he "pulled himself"... a British euphemism for I-shouldn't-have-to-tell-you-what-it's-for!) Check it out:

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-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer
[Source: The Guardian]
Image courtesy of the CW