Leighton Meester’s personal life is something she rarely discusses. Her marriage to now-husband Adam Brody was kept under wraps and she’s never even posted a picture of two-year-old daughter Arlo Day.
“I don’t talk about Arlo very much. I am very proud of that area of my life. But I’m also really proud of the show, and of the work I do.”
The Gossip Girl alum added that she doesn’t want to be stereotyped just because she’s a mother now.
“I think the perception is: You’re an ingenue, or you’re an icon, or you’re a mom. There’s no in between.”
And unfortunately Leighton is right — so often actresses are solely asked about their family life on the red carpet, rather than about their work, unlike their male counterparts. It’s that exact trend that inspired the hashtag #AskHerMore to show that women aren’t just moms; they’re complex people with a lot to offer.
Leighton Meester’s new show Making History just premiered last month on Fox. She stars opposite The Mindy Project alum Adam Pally.