For celebrities, there’s perhaps no gig more plum than that of “party guest.” Just a few minutes spent posing at a step-and-repeat yields unlimited Champagne, a bag brimming with swag and, sometimes, a paycheck simply for showing up. The phenomenon might explain why, in this recession, some actresses seem to spend more time on the red carpet than on the film set. When a respected indie actress is at a launch party for a new cell phone, for example, chances are she isn’t going home empty-handed. But, hey, celebrities need cell phones, too.
And, really, who can begrudge them? Certainly not us.
In fact, we’d like to put the celebrate back in celebrity. So what if the cast of “Gossip Girl” seems like they’re competing for gold in a new version of the Celebrity Pro-Am Ironman Nightlife Decathlon? They’re spreading good cheer. Helping the economy. In the case of Brooke Shields, you might say she was simply trying to save her show and the jobs that depend on it.
Herewith, the Eye’s nominations for the year’s MVP (Most Visible Player).
THE CAST OF “GOSSIP GIRL”
The group of young hotties is thoroughly enjoying its newfound fame.
Total: 189 (combined)
Leighton Meester: 45
Chace Crawford: 34
Jessica Szohr: 33
Taylor Momsen: 22
Penn Badgley: 20
Ed Westwick: 18
Blake Lively: 17
Case of art imitating life: The Ray-Ban Remasters party.