Adam Brody Reveals He Was “Smitten Instantly” the First Time He Saw Leighton Meester


Leighton Meester and Adam Brody make such a sweet pair. The two have been together for the past 10 years now and it sounds like, for Brody, their romance was love at first sight. “I think the first time I saw her is when I met her at Canters, the deli in Los Angeles,” the actor said in an episode of the “Podcrushed” podcast on April 12, 2023, hosted by Meester’s “Gossip Girl” costar Penn Badgley. “I used to eat there all the time. I was there on my own with maybe a friend or two, and Josh [Safran] happened to be like taking a bunch of the cast of ‘Gossip Girl’ through after a prop party for your first upfronts. That’s when I saw her, and, yeah, I was smitten instantly.”

Still, it would take a while for the couple to get together. “I didn’t get to know her for many years after, even though we even worked together briefly,” Brody continued. “She’s so lovely, and she’s so sweet. She’s so nice. She’s so good. And yet, and this is to her credit, she remained elusive to me for so long, you know, and aloof. I couldn’t get a total read because even though she professes to have been interested in me and all those things, not only did she not pursue that – I mean, she was perfectly willing to let that never happen if it never . . . Yeah, she was perfectly willing to let that message in the bottle return to sea at several points.”

Eventually, though, things worked out for Brody and Meester. The couple, who first worked together on the movie “The Oranges” in 2010, made their relationship public in February 2013 and confirmed their engagement that November. Since tying the knot in February 2014, the former TV stars have also become parents, welcoming their daughter, Arlo Day,back in August 2015. In April 2020, news broke that they were expecting their second child, and they welcomed their baby boy that September.

Even though the two stars are notoriously private about their relationship, they have been known to give us tiny glimpses of their romance from time to time. See some of their cutest moments ahead.

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