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An Interview with John Patrick Amedori

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Starting October 27, John Patrick Amedori is set to appear as Aaron Rose, a new love interest for Blake Lively’s character, Serena van der Woodsen.

The Maryland native, 21, talked to People magazine about it ...

Q: Tell us about your character, Aaron Rose.

JPA: He’s definitely a part of that Upper East Side [world]. I think he’s got a lot of money. But he chooses not to be around that. He probably lives on the Lower East Side or in Greenwich Village.

Q: How does he get involved with Serena van der Woodsen?

JPA: He has an art show at Dan’s father’s (Rufus Humphrey's) gallery. Serena goes to see Dan. He takes notice of her and remembers her from camp. She doesn’t remember him at first. That’s pretty much how they start talking.

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  • Blake and John

Q: There are pictures of you kissing Blake Lively in Times Square with everyone watching. What was that like?

JPA: It was crazy. At first, Blake and I were nervous. When I walk in front of the camera, I kind of block everything out and it’s just Blake and me doing the scene. [Then] you realize our faces are as large as possible on this JumboTron and reality sets in.

Q: Was that the characters’ first kiss?

JPA: That was the first on-camera kiss for the relationship.

Q: What did you do to prepare?

JPA: I chewed gum.

Q: Is fresh breath a priority?

JPA: Absolutely.

Q: What was it like meeting the cast for the first time?

JPA: I’ve known Penn Badgley for a few years. We used to audition against each other. We have mutual friends and we used to hang out a bit. It was kind of a reunion and just catching up. In that sense, it was more comfortable to be around new people. Everyone’s really nice, really cool. They don’t make me feel like an outsider, which is fortunate for me.

Q: Were you nervous kissing Blake, whose real-life boyfriend is Penn?

JPA: Yeah, a little bit. It’s work and Penn and Blake have had to kiss other people on the show. They’re pretty much used to it now, knowing that it’s work. There wasn’t really anything really awkward. We just knew it was work and we had to do it.

Q: Have you had a chance to bond with the cast off set?

JPA: Yeah, absolutely.

Q: What kind of things have you been able to do offset?

JPA: Penn, Blake and I went out and got some food, walked around [Manhattan's] lower west side, talked and hung out.

Q: Did you get a taste of how the Gossip Girl frenzy — how they deal with with the fans and paparazzi?

JPA: Just a little bit. When we shoot on location, it’s an interesting sight. It’s something I’m definitely not familiar with. They don’t hassle me. They only hassle Blake, and Penn [and others]. They’re really, really good about it. It’s definitely an experience.

Q: What else can you tell us about where Serena and Aaron’s relationship is going?

JPA: I think they both start to fall kind of hard for each other.

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Are you kidding me?!
That's stupid. John Patrick Amedori is not ugly and never will become ugly. He's SO cute as Aaron Rose. And in Stick it or butterfly effect he was cute, too.
To discuss who loves who is senseless, i think.

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yea Dan and Serena together this season would probably have been boring, but their CHEMISTRY is soo hard to misss UGH they LOVE eachother man! you can read it in their eyes....anyway aaron is interesting but i really don't feel the chemistry there =\ i just really hope that after some intense drama and amazing gossip...darena will come through :)

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do you when John patrick amedori leaves gossip girl for once and for all!? I AM REALLY FED UP WITH HIM!? Please can anyone tell me!? Chair and Serena/Dan forever

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i used to think jpa was pretty cute in his debut episode but as the episodes went by..he gets uglier and uglier..seriously, did he dump an entire carton of hairgel into his hair? it looks so greasy!!

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I think in reall life John and Penn kind of don't get along, it seems like passive agressive alpha male for Blake.

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He's SO hot. Seriously! Way hotter than Dan, especially... Though I really liked Dan and Serena together, I want her to be with Aaron. Dan got all boring and annoying.

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UM STOP STAYING HES UGLY HE IS SO FUCKING HOT.
hes the hottest guy on the show and im soo fuckin glad they picked him.

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he's kind of rufus-like... no???

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So far, dan is still the best for serena, but we will see, maybe Aaron that guy can bring S more joy. Anyway, i support D&S...it is okay we have a healthy couple in the drama, right? BTW, A is not ugly and he is kinda of handsome, but D is cuter.

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I just don't want the Serena and Aaron to be a remake relationship of what happened between Serena and Dan. They were the most boring couple ever.

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