For years, Adam Brody thought Leighton Meester was a ‘mean girl’. Now, they’re married with 2 kids.

When Adam Brody first met Leighton Meester, he assumed she would be mean.

Brody’s star was rising courtesy of his role on The O.C. from 2003 to 2007. And in The O.C.’s final year, Gossip Girl was beginning, with both produced by screenwriter Josh Schwartz.

“Literally the first time we met, that whole [Gossip Girl] cast was eating at [Los Angeles deli] Canters, and I lived at Canters for my entire 20s. And I was leaving, he [Josh Schwartz] introduced all of us,” Brody said on Anna Faris’ Unqualified podcast. 

Reflecting on the meeting, Brody said he was taken aback by Meester’s kind nature, as all he had to go off was her character on Gossip Girl.

“I had no idea whether she was a good person or not. And, in fact, kind of assumed she probably wasn’t for the first handful of years that I didn’t know her, just because, I don’t know, Gossip Girl,” he said.

“Come to find out, she’s literally like Joan of Arc. She is the strongest, best person I know. She is my moral compass and North Star, and I just can’t say enough good things about her character. It’s crazy.”

Image: Stan. “She’s never been rude to a single person in her life, except – and I give her credit for this – paparazzi, where I’m too self-conscious. I wouldn’t say ‘rude’ but people will try to get her to sign some sexy old photo or something that aren’t fans but they pretend to be fans… It’s sort of a bottom-feeding thing… She has no problem being like, ‘You can hate me. I don’t care’,” he continued.