Jun04 2011

Manila gets Chuck-Ed

Super sits down with ‘Gossip Girl’s’ Ed Westwick to talk about Blair, bow ties and his Penshoppe endorsement.

You don’t always get frisked before an interview. You don’t always get asked to surrender your phone either. Then again, you don’t always get to interview Ed Westwick. The British actor, who plays the scheming but undeniably sexy Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, was in Manila this past week, shooting his campaign for clothing brand Penshoppe.

Penshoppe’s Brand Director Alex Mendoza said, “We were looking for a fresh international face to headline the new and revitalized Penshoppe.”

Gossip Girl fans in Manila clearly approve of the choice. Alex said, “We’re shocked because we released a behind the scenes photo last night of one of our campaign shots and we got 30,000 hits in two hours. Our Twitter followers tripled.”

The campaign hasn’t even been launched but it already seems to be working. As early as now, Ed’s fans have been flooding Penshoppe’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, promising to buy any products he endorses.

“It’s happening so fast, it’s so surreal. It’s a whirlwind for all of us,” says Alex. “Ed has lived up to our expectations and beyond. He is such a natural in front of the camera. The clothes look like they were made for him. Perfect.”

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Jun02 2011

Ed Westwick’s parting shot: I’ll be back soon!

During his barely 48 hours stay in the Philippines, the first ever country in Asia that he has visited, Ed Westwick took time out from his tight shoot schedule for Penshoppe (as its 25th-anniversary endorser) for a cruise around Manila Bay yesterday morning.

“I had a chance to see the sunrise and it was great!” the “bad boy” of the hit US teen drama Gossip Girl told Funfare Update in a one-on-one at a suite in the Manila Peninsula where he was billeted during his too brief sojourn. “The beautiful sight took my jetlag away. We had breakfast on the boat while watching Manila’s breathtaking skyline.”

Asked what he took for breakfast, Ed said, his light-blue eyes lighting up, “Poached eggs and wheat bread, and fruits.”

Ed, who’s turning 24 on June 27, expressed regrets that his stay in Manila was much too short. He flew in last Tuesday night and he was scheduled to fly back to New York last night to resume shooting for Gossip Girl in which he plays Chuck Bass, the “user” womanizer who is the exact opposite of the actor who was warm, friendly, accommodating and receptive even to mildly “personal” questions that Funfare Update was reminded beforehand not to ask him.

What’s the possibility of Gossip Girl shooting some episodes in Asia, specifically the Philippines?

“That would be great!” he said. “In fact, we’re considering that possibility. It would be nice to shoot here, in Tokyo and other parts of Asia.”

He’d be glad to be back “Soon,” he stressed perhaps not so much to work but just to visit and see more of the Philippines.

In closing, Ed said thank you to “all the nice people” who welcomed him at the airport on his arrival, even if some pieces of his luggage got entangled with the TV cameramen who scrambled over one another to shoot him from a good angle.

“I hope you’re all right now,” he smiled.

(Note: For more on Ed Westwick [who frowns on being “mistakenly” called by his Gossip Girl character Chuck Bass], check out Conversations with Ricky Lo on Sunday, June 5.)

Source: Funfare

May28 2011

‘Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass to model for Pinoy apparel

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – One of the stars of the American hit TV series “Gossip Girl” is set to endorse a Filipino clothing line.

Ed Westwick, who plays the devilish yet charming Chuck Bass on the TV show, was tapped as the newest endorser for brand apparel Penshoppe.

Penshoppe confirmed the news in a statement, saying the Britain-born Westwick will headline the brand’s 2011-2012 campaign in the Philippines.

“(Westwick) will represent Penshoppe’s new and revitalized image,” brand director Alex Mendoza said. “His presence and charisma will definitely wake the Philippines to the fact that what is originally Philippine made can also be worn proudly by a worldwide icon as well as people around the world.”

Mendoza said Westwick’s personality will go together with the brand’s attempt to reach the international market.

“We believe it is time to appoint someone on an international scale… Someone like Ed fits the mindset and is admired by our market.”

Westwick is set to fly to Manila on the first week of June to start the shoot for the line.

Source: ABC-CBS News

May23 2011

Westwick draws Tybalt in ‘Romeo’

Exclusive: “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick is in final negotiations to play Tybalt in a new adapation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei is directing from a script by Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”).

Hailee Steinfeld is set to star as Juliet, while Holly Hunter was recently cast as The Nurse, who effectively raised Juliet and serves as a go-between for her and Romeo, who has not yet been cast.

Westwick will play Tybalt, Juliet’s hot-tempered cousin who is always quick to draw his sword.

Former New Line execs Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky are producing with Gabriele Muccino and Fellowes.

Production is scheduled to start this summer in Italy.

Westwick is coming off a supporting turn in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” which Warner Bros. is slated to release Dec. 14. Thesp’s commitment to the CW’s “Gossip Girl” is not expected to interfere with “Romeo and Juliet’s” shooting schedule.

Source: Variety

May18 2011

Ed at the Free Arts NYC’s 12th Annual Art Auction Benefit

Ed attended the Free Arts NYC’s 12th Annual Art Auction Benefit. Good friend Todd DiCiurcio was also present!

Public Appearances > 2011 > Free Arts NYC’s 12th Annual Art Auction Benefit

May12 2011

Ed presenting at the National Movie Awards 2011

Here’s a clip of Ed presenting the award for Must See Movie of the Summer at the NMA’s 2011!

May12 2011

More of Ed at the NMA’s 2011

I have added more photos of Ed attending the National Movie Awards last night. Ed didn’t win the award for One to Watch: Brits going Global. He did present the award Must See movie of the Summer! Hope to have a clip up soon!

Public Appearances > 2011 > National Movie Awards 2011

May11 2011

Ed at the National Movie Awards 2011 in London

Ed is still in London where he is attending the National Movie Awards 2011 tonight! He looks really great, don’t know if he won his award yet! Let’s hope he will! here are the first photos….

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