The Gossip Girl actor who developed a crush on co-star Elizabeth Hurley

Eight years after the original Gossip Girl website went offline, a new generation of New York prep school teenagers entertained us with their mean girl antics in the series reboot, circa 2021. But before Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander), Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak), “Obie” Bergman IV (Eli Brown) and Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty), Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) and Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford). Thanks to Gossip Girl, the Fab Four were pinned to many millennial vision boards, and the actors themselves instantly gained heartthrob status. “I’m a stereotypical heartthrob on the show, but I wasn’t really influenced by anything,” Crawford told The Celeb Factory in 2011. Still, he could remember the moment the show’s popularity soared that the cast and was besieged by teenage fans while filming on NYC’s Upper East Side.

While the entire Gossip Girl cast was known for their good looks and charm, the post-Season 1 show also featured similarly genetically gifted guest stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elizabeth Hurley was one of those guests who graced the small screen in Gossip Girl Season 5. The outlet reported that Hurley played Diana Payne, a “sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with.” Of course, she was also a love interest for one of our main characters — but which of the Gossip Girl stars might have had a crush on Hurley IRL?

Chace Crawford called working with Elizabeth Hurley ‘phenomenal’

On Gossip Girl, businesswoman Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) was linked to Chace Crawford’s Nate Archibald, who was a stint at her tabloid The New York Spectator. Real life clearly imitated art for Crawford, who told ITV1’s ‘Lorraine’ he was smitten with his British co-star. “She’s the most adorable — I mean, she’s still as gorgeous as ever,” Crawford gushed. “She keeps it light and she’s funny — she’s sort of the epitome of… the ideal woman. … On the show, she tries to tell me all these things, and I try not to smile because she’s so charming.” Hurley also seemed excited about her role on the show. “Reading my script for ‘Gossip Girl’, Episode 1, Season 5,” she tweeted ahead of filming (via Hello! Magazine). “Can’t tell but it’s FAB! I can’t wait to shoot it.”

Crawford has never explicitly confirmed that he has a crush on Hurley, but it seemed his time with the businesswoman slash model was nothing short of “phenomenal” (via ITV1’s “Lorraine”). Though Gossip Girl fans were drawn to Hurley’s Diana — who showrunners described as perfectly fitting into the GG universe — she was on the show for only one season, meaning there wasn’t much time to get cozy with Crawford make. In the end, Diana and Nate weren’t to be, although for a while she held a significant place in Nate’s heart.

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Chace Crawford hoped to spend more time with Elizabeth Hurley

While Chace Crawford spoke glowingly of Elizabeth Hurley, the Royals alum told Us Weekly that some of the romantic scenes they filmed together were “awkward.” As a quick refresher, Hurley’s Diana Payne character Nate Archibald seduced early on, and much of her intrigue was aimed at keeping her boy toys close. “I had to kiss Chace Crawford a lot [in ‘Gossip Girls” fifth season] and he’s the most adorable man, but he’s a lot younger than me,” the actor shared. “It was weird but good.” As of this writing, Hurley is 57 while Crawford is 37.

On the other hand, Crawford seemed unconcerned about his character’s romantic liaisons with older women. In fact, Nate has had a few affairs with women more than twice his age, including season 2’s Catherine Beaton (“Twin Peaks” star Mädchen Amick). and Hurley! “It’s awful they really have to twist my arm to do kissing scenes,” he joked to Female First. “I mean watch [Hurley]she’s so hard to look at!”

When it came time for Crawford and his co-stars to say goodbye to Gossip Girl, The Boys star had only one wish: to be reunited with his sultry British rose. “I don’t even think the writers know yet [who will return]’ he told HollywoodLife (via Digital Spy). “But you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to put Liz Hurley back on the show.”