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Nacho Figueras, Gossip Guy

Nacho Figuerasphoto by Steve Eichner When "Gossip Girl" returns this fall on the CW Network, Serena and company will be sharing the screen with a real-life member of the Manhattan social swirl -- Nacho Figueras. Figueras, who spends his...

Nacho Figueras
photo by Steve Eichner
When "Gossip Girl" returns this fall on the CW Network, Serena and company will be sharing the screen with a real-life member of the Manhattan social swirl -- Nacho Figueras.

Figueras, who spends his days playing polo for the Black Watch team and posing for Ralph Lauren's Polo Fragrances, will appear on the season premiere, which airs Sept. 14.

I caught up with the hunky Argentine to gossip about the gig (his first TV role), which he filmed this month.

WWD: Had you seen the show before filming this episode?

Nacho Figueras: Yes, I've seen the show many, many times. My wife [Delfina Blaquier] is a huge fan.

WWD: What was your reaction when they asked you to do this?

N.F.: First and foremost, I thought it was a great opportunity to promote Polo and my team Black Watch. Second, and most important to my wife, was that I would be able to meet Chuck Bass [actor Ed Westwick].

WWD: What can you tell us about your part?

N.F.: Luckily, my role wasn't too difficult. I play myself!

WWD: You filmed at the Greenwich Polo Club. Did any of the cast ask you For polo lessons?

N.F.: I didn't give lessons there, but Matthew Settle, who plays Rufus Humphrey on the show, is going to come riding with me this summer.

WWD: What's easier, acting or playing polo?

N.F.: Playing polo. No doubt about it. Unless all my roles are on a horse.


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