Mom, Actress, Activist & Philanthropist
As Lily van der Woodsen on the CW Network's iconic Gossip Girl for six seasons, Kelly Rutherford played pampered, privileged and posh alongside her popular teenage daughter Serena (Blake Lively) and her glittering coterie of prep-school pals including Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) and Dan Humphreys (Penn Badgely). For Rutherford, it was the role of her career thus far, which began with recurring roles in soap operas (Loving, Generations) and culminated in 96 episodes of the internationally syndicated Gossip Girl, now streaming on Netflix for a new generation of aspiring it girls, bad boys and cool kids navigating the tricky terrain of money and entitlement. Read More >
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.