Sure, it's the Upper East Side, but it's still New York.
In a new interview with , the only things I regret were not as much representation for people of color and gay story lines,” Safran said.
"Those are the two things I think we probably could have delved into more deeply." The only non-white character in the show's principal cast was Vanessa Abrams—Jessica Szohr, who played Vanessa, is mixed-race, and Vanessa's mom was played by Gina Torres.
As for gay representation, Serena's brother Eric (Connor Paolo) came out during season one, but his dating life never got the same focus as that of the show's heterosexual characters.
Actress Jessica Szohr played the love-her-or-hate-her character of Vanessa on iconic TV series Gossip Girl.