Life Choices: Real Talk, Not Gossip – An Interactive Discussion
As Lily van der Woodsen on TV's Gossip Girl, Kelly Rutherford played pampered, privileged and posh, alongside her it-girl teenage daughter Serena (Blake Lively) and her popular friends. But amid all the parties and pomp was a series that illuminated pressing issues relating to young people. As one of the major cast members on the show, Rutherford was privy to story arcs centered on real-life issues like dating and sexual violence, bullying, self-image, substance abuse and parent-child relationships. In this interactive program geared towards students and young adults — many of whom are now discovering Gossip Girl on Netflix, giving it new life after its long run — Rutherford uses clips from the show that highlight these themes as a way to engage her audience and spark conversation. Rutherford encourages audience members to participate in real time by submitting questions and comments via social media and participating in live Q & A.