Once upon a time, Leighton Meester starred as Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, and Adam Brody played Seth Cohen on The O.C. Then, after working on two movies together, the beautiful and talented people behind these popular TV characters—Leighton Meester and Adam Brody—fell in love.
Yes, they went from dating to being engaged to having a low-key wedding ceremony, and now, they even have an adorable little girl together! Theirs is truly a romantic Hollywood love story.
And as much as fans love them, it is sort of hard to keep up with this couple, since they are super private. Fans understand and respect their privacy, though, but it's still possible to round up some details about their lives. From how they met and how they are raising their daughter to their thoughts on Blair and Seth, all of it and more can be found right here!
So get ready to read, because this list contains some great info about some great people. In fact, fans may not have thought it was possible, but all of this led to even more opportunities for spectators to fall in love with the cute couple. From their humble beginnings to their strong marriage, here's more about Leighton and Adam.
20 She Considers Him Her ‘Soulmate’
In a recent interview with PorterEdit, Leighton Meester said she would not change a thing. She is happy, she has a child, she feels lucky when it comes to work, and she has met her soulmate. Yes, in this interview, she also talked about Gossip Girl, and her statements were pretty smart.
She said she was so young when she was on the show—a thing that could have led to a lot of confusing moments, if not for “the right perspective.”
However, everyone makes mistakes, and Meester said that even if that time/place may have not been the healthiest environment, it was a “very special time”... but one that she would not go back to. Because here and now... she has her soulmate!
19 They Can Joke About Their TV Characters
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody are super private, but one time, while volunteering at the Feeding America’s Summer Hunger Awareness event, Adam joked that this couple has a Seth and Blair day, where they dress up as their characters. Now, we assume that this is a joke, but can we just pretend for a little bit?! On Gossip Girl, Meester played Queen B Blair Waldorf. On The O.C., Brody played the quiet nerd Seth Cohen. And now, in real life, these brunette teen drama stars are married... and they acknowledged that they were once famous and on TV!
18 But They Are Serious About Volunteer Work
At the Feeding America’s Summer Hunger Awareness event, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody served lunches, and Meester spoke out about how it is really important to show children that there are different sides to everything.
This particular charity event was raising awareness of a crisis endured by underprivileged children, but the two have done much more, as Brody has volunteered with the Young Storytellers Program and Meester was a spokesperson for Sunsilk's "Life Can't Wait" campaign in 2008.
It is just beautiful to see influential people making a difference in the world!
17 They Have Been Private Since The Beginning
But how did these two television stars get together? Well, they met in 2011, when working on The Oranges together. Reportedly, Brody liked Meester, but she did not want a relationship at that time. Later though, they worked on Life Partners together, and Leighton apparently was ready then! After that, Meester was spotted in Brody's car, and they were seen a couple of times together. However, when asked about the relationship, they were not sharing any details. Then, all of a sudden, news break that they were engaged. And the rest is history. Xoxo…
16 Their Engagement Seemed Like A New Show Waiting To Happen
And does this not just sound like a crossover episode waiting to happen?!
Though they met in 2011, they were thought to have started their official relationship in January 2013. Before all of this, Meester dated actors Sebastian Stan and Aaron Himelstein, and while Brody dated Rachel Bilson (so, yes, Seth and Summer were together in real life) and screenwriter Lorene Scafaria.
15 Their Wedding Was The Best-Kept Surprise Around
After getting engaged, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody stayed off of social media and avoided Los Angeles, to keep everything under wraps. Though, they were already so good at keeping things on the down low, so they probably did not have anything to worry about! Then, on February 15, 2014, they were married in Northern California by the ocean. It was a small wedding, with just close family and friends—and it was beautiful. They were then seen at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico from February 12 to 15, but nothing was confirmed on whether or not this was their official honeymoon.
14 But News Broke When They Were Expecting
Despite the fact that Leighton Meester and Adam Brody dodged questions about their dating relationships and despite the fact that their wedding was super low-key, news broke that the these two were expecting a baby.
Her baby bump was out and about, and she had said in interviews around that time that her values had shifted greatly in terms of what she found important.
According to this star, family, friends, and a personal life were the things she was going to nurture, and it seems like she is doing that and that it is working quite well!
13 Then They Had A Daughter
So, Leighton Meester had a baby bump. And then in 2015—specifically, in late September of that year—it came out that the couple had welcomed their baby girl into the world. Of course, these two wanted to keep things private, but also, of course, TMZ obtained the birth certificate, stating that their daughter was named Arlo Day Brody and that she had been around for a little bit of time already! Her birthday is August 4, 2015, she arrived at 12:12 a.m., and she was born at the Whittier Hospital in Whittier, California. That means that she is now three years old!
12 And They May Have More Kids
Because this couple is so private, fans hardly ever get to hear about or much less see their daughter, Arlo.
But when either star does have an interview and get asked about their child, it is clear that they are great parents.
And not long after the two were married, Meester said that they had plans to start a family and that she likes “the grown-up stuff” and that her friends were all getting married... so kids (with an ‘s’!) would be next! We can’t predict the future, but we can say that if these two lovebirds want to bring another beautiful baby into the world... That is okay with us!
11 And The Kids May Grow Up Watching Johnny Depp
It may sound tough being a celebrity and a parent, but Meester pointed out that after filming long and intense hours, she and her husband get rewarded with months off at a time—which they use to be at home with Arlo. And, according to the actress, they are a “pretty modern couple”... so maybe that is why their daughter is really into Edward Scissorhands?! Hey, no judgment here—a great film and a great family means we are ready for an invitation to come over for a movie night!
10 They Enjoy Working Together
As mentioned, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody have worked together in The Oranges and in Life Sentence. And in an interview on The View in 2014, Meester said this: “I always want to work with people that I like and love and people that I’m friends with. It’s nice to mix business with pleasure.”
Well, lucky for her, right?! She ended up falling in love with her costar, and now the two are both working in the industry.
Her IMDb has one project in filming/post-production phase, and his has three. Of course, the project of raising a family is probably their best collab—too cute!
9 And Hiking Together
This cute little family mixes fun and play, though, because when they are not working, they are being active together! Adam Brody told People magazine that his favorite tradition with his daughter is hiking. He said that a nice morning hike is a treat and that they go really early in the morning, since watching the sunrise with a kid is pretty fun. And on that note, let us repeat: if they wanted to invite us over for a morning hike or a movie night or even to help out around the house, we would so be in!
8 These Two Are Also Famous In The Music Scene
Leighton Meester released "Birthday" featuring Awesome New Republic in 2009. She sang on Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad," which played on Gossip Girl. She released her first official single, "Somebody to Love," in 2009, as well as her second, "Your Love's a Drug," the following year. She sang a duet with DJ Clinton Sparks in 2011.
And in 2014, her debut album, Heartstrings, was released through her own label.
Adam Brody also writes screenplays and songs during his spare time; in 2005, he was the drummer for a band called Big Japan, and since 2010, he has been the drummer for The Shortcoats.
7 But Their Work Extends Even Further
With these two, it does not stop there, though! Brody co-wrote a comic book miniseries for DC's Wildstorm Comics titled Red Menace, and Meester was in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which also starred James Franco and Chris O'Dowd. Can we just say that Brody drumming is giving us Gilmore Girls flashbacks, him being into comic books is reminding us of The O.C., and Meester acting vaguely brings up memories of that one episode where there was a play in Gossip Girl... They may be private but they sure are talented!
6 Leighton Got Her Start In Modeling
Leighton Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but she grew up in Marco Island, Florida, where she was involved in plays at a local playhouse. When she was 11, she moved to New York, attended the Professional Children's School, started modeling with Wilhelmina, and secured a Ralph Lauren campaign.
She went on to model for big brands like Tamagotchi, Clearasil, and Limited Too before making her acting debut in 1999 on Law & Order.
She also was on notable television series such as Entourage, Veronica Mars, Crossing Jordan, 8 Simple Rules, 7th Heaven, 24, House, and CSI: Miami.
5 And Adam Got His By Playing A Brady
Adam Brody was born in San Diego, California. There, he had a Bar Mitzvah, he did not do too well in school, and he practically lived at the beach. He went to a community college for one year then dropped out and moved to Hollywood to pursue acting. And two of his first gigs were playing the oldest son in The Brady Bunch! He played the actor Barry Williams in the television film Growing Up Brady, and he played the character Greg Brady on The Amanda Show! Oh, and then he became TV's geekiest heartthrob and the first male to ever be on the cover of Elle Girl.
4 Also - Fun Fact: Leighton Has Something In Common With Blair
In an interview from 2009, Leighton Meester said that sixty did not seem old and that wrinkles are not the end of the world (though she said she does also support Botox). And when it comes to fashion..."If I don't take risks with fashion, where am I going to take risks?"
Stella McCartney, Chloé, the Row, Lanvin, and Calvin Klein were just a few of the fashion labels she spoke highly of... and that sure does remind us of someone.
We can take the Upper East Side out of the girl, but we can’t take away her love for a great wardrobe!
3 And Adam Knows ‘The O.C.’ Would’ve Been So Different In Today’s Time
In an interview from 2016, Adam Brody discussed how different things would have been if he had been starring in a hit teen drama in today’s day and age—with TMZ and Twitter and such. Back then, he felt like he still had a fair amount of privacy, and it is sad to think that he may not feel that way anymore, since he, Leighton Meester, and Arlo do not share much with the world. Whatever makes them happy and works for them, though... that is what makes us happy and works for us, too!
2 They May Be Private…
So, to recap, these two attractive brunettes ended up in the world of acting. They also ended up working on two movies together. And then, they ended up falling in love.
While many out there probably wish they knew more about their dates, their engagement, their wedding, their baby girl and their current life, we should all be happy!
Because even when these two are bundled up and hiding away, we can rest easy, knowing that they are content with their lives—both on the screen and off (though more family photos would definitely not upset us, of course).
1 ... But They Seem Perfect
And on a similar note, when they do come out into the world, when they do release new works and when they do take the time to interview with different news outlets... Well, that just makes us love them even more! For years, fans have enjoyed keeping up with “Blair and Seth,” and in today’s time, it is still great to watch their latest shows/films, read their interviews to learn updated facts, and see them all dressed up on the red carpet. Yes, it is true: these gorgeous, talented, hardworking and loving people seem pretty close to perfect!
Sources: Glamour, E Online, Bustle, Elle, ET Online