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Connor Paolo Goes Gay for Gossip Girl

Connor Paolo Goes Gay for Gossip Girl

Monday’s episode of Gossip Girl brought out two shocking secrets.

Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) outed Serena’s younger brother, Eric Van der Woodsen (Connor Paolo), at the dinner table. And Serena (Blake Lively) told best friend Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) her dirty little secret. “I killed someone,” she said.

Paolo, 17, talked to People about playing the gay character on Gossip Girl. Here are some highlights:

How does it feel to be playing a gay character on a popular TV show? I’m an actor and it’s a part. Being gay is nothing but another way to live your life. It’s just who he is.

A lot of gay teens will be excited to see someone gay on the show. Are you ready for that? I guess it’s a possibility that fans could take Eric’s coming into his own as a source of inspiration. He does it with a degree of gentility and self-respect. He doesn’t make apologies for who he is.

Did the fact that he tried to kill himself earlier have anything to do with being gay? As the actor portraying Eric, I don’t believe that I tried to commit suicide because of that. Eric is 14 so his decision to be gay could be permanent. It might not be. It’s about finding yourself. At the moment, this is who he sees himself as … that’s very empowering.

For the full interview, visit

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52 Responses to “Connor Paolo Goes Gay for Gossip Girl”

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  1. 1
    Birdie Says:

    It was OMFG but I think the death thing is getting the show in another direction that I might not like.

  2. 2
    Amy Says:

    I had been waiting for it to come up online b/c I missed it. Thanks.

  3. 3
    JH Says:

    Decision to be gay? I don’t know if Connor fully understands his character. Being gay is not a decision. This actor is talking as if his character is going through a phase – as if he had chosen to dress as a goth. Someone should have prepped him for this interview.

  4. 4
    marge Says:

    “now you know how vanessa hudgens feels”

    best line of the night.

  5. 5
    Simone Says:

    OMG – I want to know the whole Serena secret!

  6. 6
    CLICK Says:

    check this out Jared last scene of Gossip GIrl last night episode… SHOCKING!!!!

  7. 7
    michelle Says:


    One of the best episodes of the season!!!!

  8. 8

    You don’t make a decision to be gay.

  9. 9
    molly Says:

    soooooooo good. best episode yet

  10. 10
    S Says:

    been gay is not a decision/choice. i’m a straight girl and i know this- come on!

    maybe he mis-spoke… if he did then ok. but if he didn’t then…

  11. 11
    [☆I n F a m o u s☆] Says:

    “shocker” – no. nowhere near.

    serena should of killed georgina sparks. the ish she was doing and getting away with were ridiculous and very unbelievable.

    good episode tho.

  12. 12
    [☆I n F a m o u s☆] Says:

    i’m not feeling the direction the show’s going in.

    oh, and when did blair become the coolest character on tv? lol

  13. 13
    Bess Says:

    I don’t really understand why people seem to think being gay is a choice. I’m straight but doesn’t anyone remember their first crush. It’s new, it’s expected and you don’t chose it. Attraction just happens.

  14. 14 Says:

    JJ -

    I posted the video of Connor Paolo’s Eric Van der Woodsen coming out at the party, and Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf e-blasting Gossip Girl. Enjoy –


  15. 15
    Paulie Says:

    “Eric is 14 so his decision to be gay could be permanent. It might not be.”


  16. 16
    Jess Says:

    o.m.g. besides the serena shocker….there were sooo many amazing one liners thrown in…I was dying. Especially the “now you know how vanessa hudgens feels” one….priceless…

  17. 17
    CLICK Says:

    “now you know how vanessa hudgens feels” lol I love this line tooo omg great writing.

  18. 18
    djdanger Says:

    Its a little too highschool for me. The first season seemed “classier” when they did go immature, but now, it seems over-milked.

  19. 19
    t Says:

    I greatly enjoyed last nights episode, I knew it was coming though. The whole murder thing was a little more shocking I guess that’s just me.

  20. 20
    toytoy83 Says:

    I like last nite episode even though im hating jenny even more…some say blair is evil but which girl wouldnt rebel when she was betrayed by her best friend and boyfriend

  21. 21
    keiko Says:

    Oh my god, the end of the episode “killed” me!!!! it was such a great end! I thought that the ep would stop his revelations with Eric, but I didn’t expect that “I killed someone” coming !!!!! SO SHOCKING!!! I really want to see the next ep!!!!! GG 4ever!!!!

  22. 22
    Annie Says:

    Amy- They are not going to be online anymore- In less your buying them off iTunes.

    Awesome episode! I think it’s my 2nd fav. of the season! I love the show, I love the lines I love everything about it! It is so far from the books that it is a whole new addiction!

    In <3

    xoxo S

  23. 23
    holly Says:

    that was the best episode EVER !
    georgina ( michelle trachtenberg ) is sooo great in the show
    i love the end (L)

  24. 24
    holly Says:

    that was the best episode EVER !
    georgina ( michelle trachtenberg ) is sooo great in the show
    i love the end (L)

  25. 25
    jul Says:

    wait who killed someone on the show

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