Leighton Meester Talks Music, Boys, Pet Peeves

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As we reported earlier in the week, Leighton Meester just released her new single "Somebody To Love," a collaboration with singer-songwriter Robin Thicke.

The awesome actress' previous foray into music, Gossip Girl fans probably all remember, was guest vocals on Cobra Starship's hit "Good Girls Go Bad."

Teaming up with the band was fun, but she's been in the studio, writing and recording her own stuff. Here's what she had to say in a Q&A with Buzznet:

Q: Do you have a morning bathroom routine? If so what does it entail from when you get out of bed until you are dressed for the day?

Leighton Meester: I do exactly what everyone does, my butler brings me breakfast in bed, and I get up when my massage is over. Obviously not the case, I wake up early usually but occasionally get days when I can sleep in, so by that time, it's unfortunate to say, I check my phone and emails.

Then I shower, clean my face with la roche posay and dr haushka products, chanel also makes a great foaming cleanser, brush my teeth, I decide what to wear, which is really fun because I have a huge, fairly organized closet, my apartment's best feature. If I have time I make a coffee. But I'm usually out the door within 30.

Q: Who was your first kiss? Details ... How old were you? Where were you?

Leighton Meester: I was 16, a guy I knew through friends from school, he was walking me home from the movies, and I honestly was so nervous and couldn't believe I was getting my first kiss, so I don't remember much else but turning around and running home. People would always play spin the bottle and truth or dare but I never went through with it when it was my turn because I didn't want that to be my first kiss.  My friend from middle school and I were talking about that recently, we were pretty much not interested in guys at that age.

Q: What do you have hanging on your walls in your bedroom? Posters? Artwork?

Leighton Meester: I have a beautiful oil painting my best friend/boyfriend had made for me.  He told the artist about me, my favorite colors and poetry and she painted a large very special abstract work I have hanging in my dining room. It came with a disc of the music she listened to while painting it.

Q: Do you have any fetishes? Any pet-peeves?

Leighton Meester: I don't like when people bite their nails, or have dirty fingernails. Fetishes? I have things I love like fresh flowers and chocolate always on hand, as well as my obsession with True Blood.

Q: What is the first quality you look for in the opposite sex?

Leighton Meester: It's usually when I'm not looking, something about someone will catch me off guard.  I love talent and intelligence.  I believe in undeniable chemistry, it's the strongest, most inexplicable attraction.

Q: What do you wear to sleep at night?

Leighton Meester: Nothing

Q: Do you have a nickname?

Leighton Meester: Lei, Lil Lei, Lei-Lei, Meenster, Meest, Mom...

Q: What was your first job? What was your worst job?

Leighton Meester: My first job was when I was eleven! I was in the newspaper in a Bloomingdale's ad. It was when I first moved to New York, I had no idea what I was doing. I've been acting since then, and working non-stop since I was about 18, so I can't complain. I've been writing and recording music for almost four years, and that's been the outlet that's caused so much growth in me. I babysat a lot as a teenager too.

Q: What song do you know every word to, but are totally embarrassed that you know so well?

Leighton Meester: 'Without You' by Mariah Carey, but I have no shame, I've listened to it to find emotion for scenes.

Q: Which era do you most wish you lived in and why?

Leighton Meester: I love ancient Roman history, my mom read us books about it when we were kids. The Roman Republic was so advanced scientifically. I love living now. People live similarly in every era. Wake up in the morning, eat, work, love, entertain yourself. I like the essence of the beat movement, I love love, and admire the movement of equality, freedom of expression, and change.

Q: Do you have any scars? If so what happened? If not name one imperfection on your body?

Leighton Meester: I have a scar on my forehead from falling off the bed when I was a baby, my big brother has it too.

Q: When you hear the word “oatmeal” what is the very first thing that comes to your mind?

Leighton Meester: Raisin.

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