Gossip Girl star discusses "pressure" of taking on role in reboot

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Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil - Getty Images
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Gossip Girl reboot's Thomas Doherty has opened up about the pressures of stepping into the role of Max Wolfe.

At just 26 he's already made a name for himself in the likes of Legacies and The Descendants movies, but the Scottish actor is now entering beloved territory with a built-in fanbase.

Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil - Getty Images

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"I wasn't really thinking about [the pressure] too much when I was auditioning and then I got the job and I was like, 'Ah f**k, everyone's going to hate me,'" Doherty explained to Digital Spy and other media.

"Because there's nothing quite as strong as nostalgia and I was worried that everyone would kind of view this through the veil of nostalgia. And at the time it was so culturally and socially impactful in so many people's lives, so yeah, I guess that was pressure.

"But after a while you just have to let that go. I just tried to focus on giving the best performance that I could."

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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Recalling a slightly awkward encounter out in the real world, the star also shared: "I was out last night and someone was like, 'Oh my God, are you in the new Gossip Girl?' And I was like, 'Yeah,' and she said, 'I didn't like it.' And I was like f**k me.

"So yeah, obviously you're going to get people that don't like it, of course. But generally people seem to enjoy it."

New episodes of Gossip Girl will be premiering on HBO Max this November.

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