With it's elite story setting and endless rotation of high profile parties,
on an episodic basis. So many, in fact, that you've likely forgotten about some of Gossip Girl was full of surprise guest stars the craziest that happened in the show. Because there was Gossip Girl cameos a lot of them, folks. As an accurate reflection of the eclectic, bustling population of New York's Upper East Side, Gossip Girl was a veritable cornucopia of big names, and it's guest stars reflected that fact.
During the six utterly perfect seasons of
Gossip Girl, the show managed to include surprise, minor roles for the cool, the powerful, and the influential. It's impressive roster of cameo stars included models, politicians, cult-rockers, Hollywood and TV stars, fashion designers, movie directors, up-and-coming celebrities, and music legends. If you appeared on Gossip Girl, then you were basically in with the in-crowd. And for a show which essentially concentrated it's focus on the shrill power dynamics pertaining to the "it-crowd" of Manhattan's elite, it was quite the compliment to be included as one of them.
Of all of the most memorable cameo stars who appeared on
Gossip Girl, here are 22 of the absolute craziest that you definitely need reminding of... 1 Lady Gaga Season 3, Episode 10: "The Last Days Of Disco Stick"
When you're Blair Waldorf, you don't just buy a round of drinks at the local college bar to win the affections of your peers. No, you go all out and hire Mother Monster to do a total high-end show for your classmates, instead.
2 Tyra Banks Season 3, Episode 4: "Dan Le Fleurette"
Banks played Ursula, one of Olivia's Hollywood co-stars, who befriends Serena. Her clear thrill at being a part of the show is evident in every scene that she's in, giving all of her lines just the right amount of melodrama that they deserve.
3 Sonic Youth Season 3, Episode 5: "Rufus Getting Married" Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were huge which led to the legendary noise-rock band playing at Rufus' wedding in the show. Gordon even officiated the ceremony, because she's the absolute coolest and can basically do whatever she wants. Gossip Girl fans, 4 Kristen Bell Season 6, Episode 10: "New York, I Love You, XOXO"
In one of the more meta-moments of the show, Bell (who had provided the mysterious voice of "Gossip Girl" since the start) made a surprise cameo in the final episode as herself, reading from a script based on Dan's hit book.
5 Rachel Bilson Season 6, Episode 10: "New York, I Love You, XOXO"
The second surprise cameo of the same scene came when
The O.C.'s Bilson joined Bell in reading the script, and shared our shock concerning who Gossip Girl actually was all along. 7 Ryan Hansen Season 2, Episode 24: "Valley Girls"
If you're a fan of Rob Thomas' shows, then you'll definitely recognize Hansen from
iZombie, Party Down, and Veronica Mars (which he starred alongside both Ritter and Bell). And in his Gossip Girl flashback episode he totally has a Dick-Casablancas-in-the-'80s vibe happening. 8 No Doubt Season 2, Episode 24: "Valley Girls"
The Gwen Stefani fronted band performed a cover of Adam And The Ants' "Stand And Deliver," at a club that Lily and Carol are in attendance of.
10 Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Season 4, Episode 6: "Easy J"
The intrepid couple inexplicably and briefly showed up at a party during the episode. From how warmly Lily and Rufus greeted both of them, we're left to assume that all four of them regularly used to hang out and presumably, talk about economics and the '90s grunge scene? I don't know...
13 Lisa Loeb
The iconic singer-songwriter put in a guest appearance in the season one episode, "Woman On The Verge," as the special guest host of a show that Rufus' band is playing. She also appeared in the
Gossip Girl finale, however, as Rufus' new girlfriend, and it was kind of perfect. 14 Robyn Season 4, episode 7: "War At The Roses"
Robyn performs a couple of her best songs in this episode, as you might expect from the Swedish superstar. What you probably weren't expecting was that she'd be part of a savage takedown of Blair that included some pretty cruel drunk shaming.
Not cool, Robyn. 15 David O. Russel Season 4, Episode 22: "The Wrong Goodbye"
Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director played himself in the episode, giving Serena a lucrative opportunity in the film industry with his movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful And The Damned. 16 Tim Gunn Season 4, Episode 6: "Easy J"
National treasure Gunn played himself in the episode, and was not impressed when little J's fashion line was revealed as having been sabotaged to spell out the word, "whore." Give a girl a break, Mr. Gunn.
17 Cyndi Lauper Season 2, Episode 10: "Bonfire Of The Vanity"
Back before Cyrus Rose and Blair's Mom were married, Blair was actively trying to sabotage their joyful relationship. And in this episode in which Cyrus adorably gets his old-friend Cyndi to play Blair's birthday as a surprise, it's clear what a total jerk his future daughter-in-law truly could be.
18 Rachel Zoe Season 4, Episode 7: "War At The Roses"
The fashion designer provided one of the funniest, and messiest, cameos of
Gossip Girl when she managed to tip an entire bowl of chocolate over herself at Blair's disastrous birthday party. 19 Deadmau5 Season 3, Episode 16: "The Empire Strikes Jack"
Because who better to DJ Elanor Waldorf's fashion show than this quirky, elusive DJ, right?
20 Zoë Bell Season 5, Episode 1: "Yes, Then Zero"
The legendary stunt actor and action star of movies like
Death Proof and Whip It enjoyed a hair-raising date with a dangerously depressed Chuck. She basically had to tell him to slow his life down, and to stop trying to kill himself. Because she's a damned hero, you guys. 22 Alexa Chung Season 6, Episode 3: "Dirty Rotten Scandals"
The British model was in line to walk the catwalk during Blair's fashion show but backed out when scandal predictably broke out. Probably a smart move.
There was, and never will be, another show that could include such an eclectic mixed bag of guest stars as
Gossip Girl did. It was weird, fun, and always surprising, and damn, do we miss it.