In tonight’s episode of The CW’s “Gossip Girl,” entitled “It Girl, Interrupted” (episode #519), Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) is looking to remove herself from the spotlight as part of the popular entourage known as the Upper East Siders now that she’s been tasked as the newest behind-the-scenes *ish maker for the group (aka: Gossip Girl herself).

“One Life to Live’s” David A. Gregory appears in the episode as Aidan, the boy toy of Diana Payne (guest star Elizabeth Hurley, who returns as the founding editor of the fictional Spectator newspaper), according to a CW representative.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, published today, Gregory tells the magazine more about his character.

“He is essentially cougar bait for Elizabeth Hurley,” said Gregory. “She was the sweetest woman! The entire cast and crew was very generous with their time. It was nice to get a chance to do prime-time after doing daytime. They take more time with their setups. I felt like I got more time to think about what I was doing and I think ‘One Life to Live’ prepared me for that.”

Season 5: “It Girl, Interrupted”

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ELIZABETH HURLEY GUEST STARS / EPISODE FEATURES A KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE PARTY AND LINGERIE SHOW — Serena (Blake Lively) decides she is ready to relinquish the spotlight and sets out to make a reluctant Lola (guest star Ella Rae Peck) the next “It Girl” of the Upper East Side, starting with modeling at a Kiki de Montparnasse lingerie show. Meanwhile, Chuck (Ed Westwick) reaches out to Blair (Leighton Meester) for advice about his past, and Diana Payne’s (Hurley) return to The Spectator starts a power struggle with Nate (Chace Crawford). Penn Badgley, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Omar Madha directed the episode written by co-executive producer Amanda Lasher (#519).

“Gossip Girl” airs Mondays at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT on The CW.

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