Leighton Meesteris nothing like her “Gossip Girl” character, but she’s no stranger to drama, lies and money-hungry parents.

The actress opens up to Marie Claire magazine about her unconventional childhood and life before she hit it big. Meester has a past worth gossiping about and it’s no secret that she was born while her mother, Constance, was serving time in federal prison for drug trafficking, and her father, Doug, also served time in prison.

“My family has a crazy history. Probably the craziest I’ve ever heard of,” she admits, adding that her childhood wasn’t as bad as she once thought. “I look back now and I see it in a nice light. It wasn’t uncomplicated, but I played outside, I went to the beach. There were happy, fun times.”

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