Blake Lively practically turned down Gossip Girl to attend a university. "I said, 'No, I want to go to college. Thank you, though,'" she revealed to Vanity Fair. "Then they said, 'O.K., you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week. After the first year [of the show], it'll quiet down. Your life will go back to normal and you can start going to school. We can't put it in writing, but we promise you can go. So that is the reason I stated, 'O.K. Guess what? I'll do this.