Here’s what the 28-year-old actress and singer had to share with the mag:
On ending Gossip Girl: “I started the show when I was so young, and once it was over, I wanted to do things that were exciting and challenging and more me—more my adult taste. Of course, that’s said with nothing but gratitude and love for that experience in that time of my life.”
On doing Life Partners with husband Adam Brody: “There wasn’t time to ask if we wanted to do this together. I was reading the script. I loved the part and loved the movie. I was going to the meeting that day and he called me and said, ‘They offered me this role.’”
On acting: “For my own sanity, I’d rather play parts that I haven’t done before. That’s why I was so excited by the Of Mice and Men experience. I felt that I was part of something that meant something, and that was important to me. From now on, I would like to be part of projects that have a message.”
For more from Leighton, visit Nylon.com.