When 'Gossip Girl' is away, the stars will play

gossip-girl-season-3-cast-p.jpg The wait is almost over!  Monday, Mar. 8 will mark the end of the three-month hiatus (doesn't it seem like so much longer?) for "Gossip Girl." 

Well, maybe S and B have been MIA, but that doesn't mean Blake and Leighton (we shall call them B and L) haven't been at play. If you want the scoop on what your fave "GG" characters' real-life counterparts have been up to over the long break, you've come to the right place. We've dug up the gossip on the lives of Manhattan's ... er, Hollywood's ... elite.

Hope you kids behaved during your time off, because you're about to get exposed. You know you love me. XoXo, Zap2it Girl

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley:
On Feb. 7, "GG's" blonde bombshell and celebutab favorite was spotted sunbathing in Miami on Super Bowl weekend with co-star, Chace Crawford. Where's your real-life beau, B? We hear that Penn was supposedly there too (word is you two are still quite the happy couple!), but perhaps he wasn't feeling bathing suit-ready quite yet? Hope you're feeling camera-ready these days, Penn ... Mar. 8 is right around the corner. Tick, tock ... .

leighton-meester-robin-thic.jpg Leighton Meester:
On "GG" you might dress prim and proper, L, but we know your real-life style is a bit more glam rock. You were spotted rocking out with Robin Thicke on stage during his album release party for "Sex Therapy" at NYC's Butter on Dec. 15. Hope you're ready to trade those rocker leopard print boots in for black Mary-Jane pumps soon.

Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick:
There were rumblings that you two had gone splitsville, but you did your best to put those oh-so-false rumors to rest recently, didn't ya? According to The New York Post, you guys got hot and heavy in one of the back cabanas at Maxim's Super Bowl party on Feb. 7. Better cool it off on camera, love birds ...your "GG" characters are far from Romeo and Juliet.

Chace-at-NYC-fashion-week-4.jpg Chace Crawford:
People mag named you "Summer's Hottest Bachelor" last year, but that didn't seem to do much for your love life, Chace. Instead of wining and dining someone on Valentine's Day this year, you warmed the bench with several other Hollywood hotties (Jared Leto, Ryan Phillippe and Kellan Lutz, to name a few!) at Calvin Klein's NY Fashion Week presentation. Maybe you're not lucky in love in real-life these days -- but don't fret, bachelor boy. We're pretty sure "GG" has some juicy on-screen romances in the works for Nate.

Taylor Momsen:
No official word on if you're dating someone these days, but we do know you think "Love Rocks." You were spotted taking a little time away from your own rock band, The Pretty Reckless, to help Victoria's Secret launch their newest scent collection, Love Rocks, on Jan. 14. As for your on-screen love life, we know Little J has her eye on bad boy Damien, but will this turn into something more?

Not enough? Check out some more pics of how the "Gossip Girl" kids spend their time when they're not at work.

Now that we've whet your appetite for Season 3, make sure to check back starting Mar. 8 and sink your teeth into juicy weekly recaps of these celebs' fictional and oh-so-scandalous Upper Eastside lives.

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