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Gossip Girl - Q&A with Connor Paolo

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Q&A with Connor Paolo, Gossip Girl's Eric Van Der Woodsen

What do you think Damien's ulterior motive is?
I'm sure Damien has some plans to take over the world but not that are explored in this series. Damien is clearly someone that knows how to read a situation, and then get himself on top of that situation. The Van Der Woodsens are very powerful, and they're a publicly very stupid family. They put themselves in situations that open them up to blackmail, and they do it over and over again. So I think Damien knows that and if he can get himself in that family, he knows it can really benefit him. I think he clearly has a thing for Serena so I think that's never far from his mind.

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What do you think Serena is always changing her persona and getting into such chaotic situations?
I think whenever you try to make massive identity changes purely for the reason of "you think you're supposed to," not because they are genuine but because you're going, "I don't know, I have to change this up," or "This isn't working," and you do things the old you wouldn't do—just because the old you wouldn't do them—I don't know if it every really works for you.

You can't always be fighting your own impulses—rather than just openly fighting them—the answer is usually is to go back and try to understand why you have those impulses to begin with.

Serena's never really done that type of work, she should probably be in therapy right now or at least get a best friend who isn't maniacal. What she should have done, right at the outset when she came back, was really just gone ahead and say, "OK, everybody hates me, good. I'm going to get some real friends rather than these people."

I think it's pretty clear that she loves this. I think when people grow up in situations of consistent calamity, even if they don't enjoy it, they don't know how else to live so they seek it. They're pretty walking proof of that, whenever she has a good friend, she sabotages it because she's much more comfortable when things are messed up.

Source: Full Article @ E!Online