Who is Emily Alyn Lind?

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Audrey H. has entered the chat, and while she’s no Hepburn—as perhaps Blair Waldorf would prefer it—she is one of the Upper East Side’s most prominent elite in the HBO Max’s Gossip Girl revival. Initially billed as a teen who’s “been in a long-term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there,” Audrey Hope is played by Emily Alyn Lind, a 19-year-old performer who’s been acting since she was 5.

“I watched [the original Gossip Girl] a couple years ago,” she told Town & Country in 2020. “It’s definitely a classic I think, and it’s just such a fun show to watch. So I was excited when this project came around because I was already a fan of the creators.”

Below, everything we know about the star, including her special tie to another popular teen drama series.

She was one of the first cast members to make her involvement in Gossip Girl official.

Alyn Lind confirmed news of her casting on Instagram in March 2020, writing, “seen u soon upper east side, xoxo ;).” Showrunner/executive producer Joshua Safran also expressed his excitement, tweeting, “So excited to welcome the preternaturally talented Emily Alyn Lind to GG. Expect more casting news imminently.”

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Alyn Lind was the first actor to fill the designer clothes once worn by the likes of Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. In November, The Wrap reported Kristen Bell would return as the series narrator, and Safran told Entertainment Tonight that the new characters would reference Serena, Blair, Chuck, and Dan. But Alyn Lind wasn’t joined by her full cohort—including Jordan Alexander, Evan Mock, Thomas Doherty, Whitney Peak, Zion Moreno, Savannah Lee Smith and Eli Brown—until later.

During an interview at Vulture Festival, Safran explained that the reboot’s cast and content would look much different than the original’s. “Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl,” he admitted. “So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”

She’s been a working actress since childhood.

Long before Alyn Lind said XOXO to her new gig, she had been racking up film and TV credits. Her first onscreen appearance came at just 6 years old, when she portrayed a young Dakota Fanning in 2008’s The Secret Life of Bees. From there, she played Shirley Temple in the Scorsese movie J. Edgar, recurred on the ABC drama Revenge, and co-starred in the 2019 horror flick Doctor Sleep.

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She’s also a singer.

The opportunity for a musical episode of Gossip Girl may be in the cards. In November 2019, Alyn Lind released her first official single “Castles.” She also regularly shares song covers and guitar solos on Instagram.

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She has a special connection to One Tree Hill.

Alyn Lind certainly must have received some sound advice on how to star in a hit teen drama from her mother. Alyn Lind’s mom is none other than actress Barbara Alyn Woods, who played Deb Scott on nine seasons of One Tree Hill. Woods posted her support for Alyn Lind on Twitter, sharing several news stories about her daughter’s new role.

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In fact, Alyn Lind’s entire family is involved in show business. Her father is assistant director/producer John Lind (Legends of the Fall, Soul Surfer) and her two sisters—Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs) and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Overboard)are also actresses.

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“I’ve never had lessons, but if anything I’ve gotten acting lessons from my mom,” Alyn Lind told Town & Country. “She just basically taught me early on to just feel it, go with it.”

She’s apparently the cast member put in charge of event planning.

In an interview with ELLE, Alyn Lind and her Gossip Girl co-stars Thomas Doherty and Evan Mock revealed she’s the one charged with cast get-togethers.

“Emily has been amazing,” Doherty said. “She always make so much time and effort and organizes things for us all to do. And she organized us to go up north, upstate to Kerhonkson for Thanksgiving. We all spent Thanksgiving together.”

“We spent Easter together, too,” Alyn Lind added. “I need to plan another [event] right now, actually.”

She loves androgynous fashion.

For the Gossip Girl premiere in New York City, Alyn Lind sported a custom Gucci menswear suit, but she revealed to Harper’s BAZAAR that she prefers to dress gender-neutral at home, as well—especially when she can don a good thrift find.

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“I guess I dress a little bit more androgynous in my personal life, and that’s true. I really like androgynous clothing,” she told the magazine. “I know a lot of people don’t like thrifting. … I’ve had friends, they were like, ‘It smells like old people, it smells like dust mites, it smells like mold,’ all these things. And I’m like, ‘Dude, that smells like history.’”

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