Nate May Go to a Darker Place on Gossip Girl

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With all the recent Chuck and Blair drama - and to a lesser extent, Dan and Serena debate - among Gossip Girl fans, Nate Archibald has almost been lost in the shuffle.

Say this for Nate - he's not digging Serena's (Blake Lively) obvious mental illness, or Taylor Momsen's infamous eye makeup. Well, Chace Crawford isn't, in any case.

"It's an expensive habit," Chace laughs. "It's an expensive raccoon thing."

"She rocks the look, though, I guess."

But is there any hope for Jenny and Nate? Chace admits: "I always thought [Nate and Jenny] was a little weird. There's the age gap, she's still in high school... "

As for a certain blonde girl he dated for a big chunk of this season?

Mr. Man Bangs

"[Serena's] got some issues," Crawford tells E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos. "[But] you're the next one because you're the Nate girl. You got the flowers, right? And the wine and all that? Just making sure. I've been hitting you up for awhile, no response."

Flirting with the interviewer? That's a new one ... a funny new one.

The Gossip Girl season finale was the stuff of legend, and Chace hints that it may propel Nate into a darker place. "That may be where they're going," Crawford says. "It'd be fun to play."

"Who knows, maybe I'll even be the one getting shot next year."

Okay... we like his sense of humor, but don't joke about that, man!

Follow the jump for a video of Chace's interview with E! ...

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