Savannah Lee Smith as Monet de Haan in Gossip Girl season 2.

Spotted: there is a new “Gossip Girl” queen bee on the rise, and she or he’s losing no time kicking off her hostile takeover. After an explosive season one finale, HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” returned with extra chaotic drama on Dec. 1, and this time round, Julien (Jordan Alexander) is not the one operating issues over at Constance. In season two, she has a tough time holding onto her affect along with her sidekick turned enemy Monet (Savannah Lee Smith) gunning for her No. 1 spot.

“We form of wished the chilly onerous b*tch that might not cease at something to get to the highest.”

The final season of “Gossip Girl” tried to redefine the notorious highschool imply woman trope with some overly vindictive ploys orchestrated by Julien’s minions Monet and Luna (Zión Moreno), however considered one of them has upgraded to a extra sinister position in season two. With Luna and Julien on the outs with Monet on account of the latter’s horrible energy journey, a brand new antagonist has emerged and she or he’s not taking place with no combat — so say whats up to imply woman Monet 2.0.

Monet is definitely decided to make a brand new title for herself in season two, and everyone seems to be being attentive to it. “I feel Monet actually has her time to shine,” Evan Mock, who performs Aki, tells POPSUGAR. His costar Emily Alyn Lind, who stars as Aki and Max’s girlfriend Audrey, provides, “[It’s] so superb as a result of she performs this position that felt prefer it was actually wanted. We form of wished the chilly onerous b*tch that might not cease at something to get to the highest, and I feel viewers are going to be actually excited as a result of it undoubtedly looks like nods to the unique.”

Every good highschool drama nearly all the time wants a villain to shake issues up, and it appears Monet has no drawback filling that position. However, Lee Smith says there’s extra to her character’s mean-girl vitality than meets the attention. “I undoubtedly suppose that this season you get to see slightly little bit of why we’re the best way we’re, particularly with Monet and Luna,” she explains. “Monet’s mother and father come into play, and her relationship along with her mother could be very telling as to why she is perhaps slightly jaded or have a tricky, onerous exterior. But her mother finally ends up being actually the one one that may break that exterior. That’s enjoyable to play, and I feel it is one thing completely different that individuals will get to see from Monet.”

While Monet is not fairly as notorious as Michelle Trachtenberg’s Georgina Sparks, Lee Smith nonetheless thinks her character is perhaps simply as dangerous as her — if not worse. “I all the time say the second I begin to suppose Monet possibly has some good in her, I look again to season one — Zoya’s birthday,” she says. “That was so dangerous. That was essentially the most horrible, imply factor. I did not even understand how I considered that.”

Will we see Monet ultimately flip over a brand new leaf like Julien? Hard to say. But Lee Smith hopes she’ll at the least soften — maybe if she ever fell in love? “I would like to see how she would deal with that or how I might play that,” the actor says. “I feel that might be an fascinating factor to see in phrases of the place her character would go.”

Monet’s reign is simply getting began, so we’ve got a lengthy approach to go till we see her mushy aspect. Until then, she’ll be ruling over her loyal (and not-so-loyal) topics with an iron fist. But there isn’t any telling if that’ll change with Gossip Girl nonetheless accumulating secrets and techniques from Julien . . .

The first two episodes of “Gossip Girl” season two at the moment are streaming on HBO Max.

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