The actor recently told Anna Faris on her Unqualified podcast that he first met Meester at the iconic Los Angeles deli Canter's nearly 15 years ago — right around the time that The O.C. was ending andGossip Girl was starting.
"Literally the first time we met, that whole cast was eating at Canter's, and I lived at Canter's for like my entire twenties," he explained. "I was leaving, and [Gossip Girl and The O.C. producer Josh Schwartz] introduced all of us."
Even though they were eventually in the 2011 film The Oranges together, it took a minute before they began seeing each other: "I was seeing someone at the time. ... So we met kind of through mutual work friends off and on. And then we didn't get together about a year after that movie, when I was single."
"I was very attracted to her from the jump. She's a heavenly creature. [I] thought she was gorgeous. And even when we did the movie, there was chemistry there, but I was seeing someone."
"But I had no idea whether she was a good person or not," he admitted. "And, in fact, kind of assumed she probably wasn't for, like, the first handful of years that I didn't know her, just because, I don't know, Gossip Girl."
After the pair started dating, Brody says he discovered that Meester is "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."
Brody also revealed one of the things he loves the most about Meester: "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."
"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.'"
Sounds like true love.
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