What a distinction a decade makes.
On this date in 2010 — lengthy earlier than they’d involuntarily make a splash on a billboard now looming over Times Square — socialite Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner mingled with the Gossip Girl crowd at a celebration thrown by Kushner’s New York Observer.
Actually, the episode “Straightforward J” aired on the primary marriage ceremony anniversary for the ascending energy couple, who now function advisors to Ivanka’s father, President Donald Trump. (Watch a Enterprise Insider featurette on their cameos above.)
Reflecting in September 2017 on the guest-casting, Gossip Woman co-creator Josh Schwartz advised Vulture, “it will’ve been, ‘They’re on a listing and so they’re on the town — attain out and see in the event that they’re accessible,’” including: “Folks wished to be on the present. It was a loopy factor.”
“They’re socialites in New York and so they do match the world of Gossip Woman,” EP Joshua Safran added. “I’m certain Lily van der Woodsen is aware of Trump and would have been on the board of charities with him or Melania. That’s the world of Gossip Woman, so to disclaim it will be improper.”
In the identical Vulture interview, Schwartz copped to no less than one remorse concerning the cameo — that Kushner didn’t get extra to say within the Season 4 episode, seeing because it’d be almost seven years earlier than the world at massive would hear (and in part mock) the businessman’s talking voice. “We may’ve had a recorded video of his voice!” the EP lamented.
Ivanka Trump, nevertheless, had been no stranger to the on-screen highlight, having served as a boardroom advisor on many episodes of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice.
“I by no means miss an episode of Gossip Woman,” Ivanka told InStyle on the time of her cameo. “I believe I’m a cross between Blair Waldorf (performed by Leighton Meester) and Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) with regards to the type. I just like the uptown metropolis type and a clean-cut, streamlined silhouette.”
As a matter of truth, across the time of her Gossip Woman go to, Ivanka launched a line of clothes and footwear, constructing on her positive jewellery assortment. Six years later, as Donald Trump neared his inauguration as President of the USA, Ivanka stepped away from her enterprise — which had drawn a lot criticism for relying solely on low-wage factories in international locations akin to Bangladesh, Indonesia and China — simply as Kushner himself stepped down as CEO of his actual property firm.