‘I Was Smitten Instantly’ With Leighton Meester

Adam Brody and Leighton Meester.
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Love at first sight! Adam Brody knew from day one which Leighton Meester was particular — however she took “years” to see him in a romantic approach.

“I believe the primary time I noticed her is once I met her at Canter’s, the deli in Los Angeles,” Brody, 43, recalled in the course of the Wednesday, April 12, episode of Stitcher Studios’ “Popcrushed” podcast.

The previous O.C. star remembered crossing paths with Meester, 37, within the early 2000s when she was out to lunch with Gossip Woman and The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and among the CW solid.

Adam Brody Recalls Being ‘Smitten Instantly’ When He 1st Saw Wife Leighton Meester: ‘She Remained Elusive to Me for So Long’

Adam Brody and Leighton Meester.
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“That’s once I noticed her, and, yeah, I used to be smitten immediately. And I used to be, you understand, smitten for a very long time,” the California native defined. “I didn’t get to know her for a few years after, although we even labored collectively briefly.”

Brody and Meester costarred in 2011’s The Oranges, however they didn’t spark romance hypothesis till two years later. Us Weekly broke the information in February 2013 that the duo had been “hanging out” and courting.

“She’s so beautiful, and he or she’s so candy,” the Gilmore Women alum informed Meester’s former Gossip Woman costar Penn Badgley and his podcast cohosts, Sophie Ansari and Nava Kavelin, on Wednesday. “She’s so good. She’s so good.”

The Shazam! Fury of the Gods actor, nonetheless, recalled the Nation Sturdy star being a little bit reluctant to start out a relationship with him.

“She remained elusive to me for thus lengthy, you understand, and aloof,” Brody stated. “I couldn’t get a complete learn as a result of although she professe[d] to have been eager about me and all these issues — not solely did she not pursue that, I imply, she was completely prepared to let that by no means occur.”

He joked: “She was completely prepared to let that message within the bottle return to sea at a number of factors.”

Badgley, 36, weighed in on Meester’s laid-back model, saying with amusing, “Which means she already had religion in your love. She was already letting you go.”

Brody seemingly agreed, telling listeners, “[Leighton] says, ‘Oh, it’s as a result of I knew if we did [date] it might be a factor.’ Or, like, ‘It’s too highly effective.’”

Regardless of a gradual begin to their relationship, Us confirmed in February 2014 that the StartUp alum and the Texas native stated “I do” in an intimate ceremony in California.

Us completely confirmed in September 2015 that the twosome welcomed their first little one, daughter Arlo. Brody and Meester expanded their household in September 2020 when the Prepared or Not actor introduced the start of their son. The couple haven’t but revealed his identify.