The original CW Gossip Girl had was a cult phenomenon. Well, there is a new crop of Upper Eastsiders and Whitney Peak is one of them. The talented teen sat down for an exclusive interview with Elle Magazine. So, here’s your chance to get to know 18-year-old Whitney Peak from the new Gossip Girl.
Whitney on moving from Canada to New York for the show
“Living in New York as an 18-year-old is definitely crazy, especially at this time. I’m meeting people I’ve watched on TV for years, and getting to be a fly on the wall in rooms where important conversations are happening. It hits me pretty much daily that this is an absurd life that I’m living.
And of course, if you were a fan of the old series, you know that Gossip Girl is not only about gossip, but the series not only establishes who’s in the “it crowd,” it mandates fashion. So, it is no wonder that Whitney has been named an ambassador for Chanel.
Whitney on Fashion
“My style dictates how I want to feel throughout the day. So if I want to feel cool, and it’s swag, I’ll do the big pants, maybe a shirt, definitely a cool sneaker, jewelry galore. Probably big hair. And if I feel a little more elevated, I’ll do a leather boot, and a pair of trousers, maybe a black trench coat.”
The teen continues, “Growing up, I would borrow my brother’s clothes, and my mom—being the religious woman she is—would be like, ‘Oh no. Wear more feminine stuff. And now I do love to dress up and go out with my friends and play into my feminine side. [But at the same time,] If I want to put on a pair of Calvin Klein boxers, I’m going to put on a pair of Calvin Klein boxers, and sag my pants. Men’s clothes are cool; women’s clothes are cool. They’re just clothes.”
Who does the teen list as some of her fashion icons? Lisa Bonet, Aaliyah, and Teyana Taylor top the list.
Whitney on acting as a career
Originally, she had her sights set on becoming a doctor. But, found herself watching Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven, secretly wanting to act herself.
“I didn’t think acting was a thing that people could just do,” she says. “I always thought I was very far away from that world. And that watching was the closest I could get to being a part of it.”
The OG Gossip Girl tie to her real-life set teacher
“I have an amazing virtual set teacher whose name, funny enough, is Nathaniel Archibald [the name of an original Gossip Girl character]. When I was interviewing teachers, I was like, ‘I can’t not have a teacher named Nathaniel Archibald; that’s hilarious.’ ”
And with that, it truly seems as if it were meant to be.
Whitney got her start in the film Molly’s Game, later becoming a series regular on Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.