[tiImage width=”330″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/011111-meester-lead-400.jpg” credit=”Courtesy of Missoni” align=”right” border=”0″ alt=”Leighton Meester’s Missoni ads”]Leighton Meester is off to a banner year. First, her role in Country Strong garnered her glowing reviews, Gossip Girl returns in less than two weeks, and, today she became the face of Missoni, appearing in the label’s spring 2011 campaign (right) smiling atop a rocking horse. Does this mean she’ll wear Missoni when she’s takes the stage at the Golden Globes this Sunday to present an award? We’ll see. In the meantime, click through the gallery to see Leighton Meester’s memorable Missoni looks on the red carpet.
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/010511-rpat-jlo-400.jpg” credit=”Ramey Photo; Wireimage” align=”left” border=”1″ alt=”Jennifer Lopez Robert Pattinson present at the Golden Globe Awards”]The Golden Globes ceremony is only 11 days away, which means final details are locking into place as you read this. The Hollywood Foreign Press gave us a little tease of what to expect at the January 16 event by announcing the first presenters via the Golden Globe Twitter feed: Jennifer Lopez, Robert Pattinson and Matt Damon. Country Strong stars Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund will also take the stage to present awards. Which celebrity are you most looking forward to seeing at the Golden Globes? Tell us in the comments below!
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Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t just become a country music singer overnight. The Oscar-winning actress (and Glee guest star) relied on her friends for pointers to perfect her role in Country Strong. “I was playing a bonafide superstar and that’s what kind of scared me the most,” our January cover girl told Good Morning America.” I thought, ‘How am I going to realistically pull this off?’ So I studied Beyonce to see how she performs and that kind of amazing confidence she has. I thought if I could just channel a little thimbleful of Beyonce’s confidence, then you know.” Catch Country Strong when it opens nationwide on Friday. And for more from Gwyneth Paltrow, pick up a copy of January’s InStyle issue, on newsstands now.
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2010/wrn/122010-Leighton-300.jpg” credit=”Matt Baron / BEImages” align=”left” border=”1″ alt=””]Leighton Meester traded in her preppy Upper East Side Gossip Girl attitude and wardrobe to play Texas beauty queen and country singer Chiles Stanton in Country Strong. Can’t wait to see the movie, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, when it opens January 7th? Neither can we! See Meester’s video for “Summer Girl,” one of the tunes she sings in the movie, after the jump.
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Leighton Meester may play a beauty queen-turned-singer alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw in the upcoming movie Country Strong, but the Gossip Girl star admitted that a country music career isn’t in her immediate future. “I’m definitely not coming out with a country album any time soon,” Meester (in Christian Dior) told us last night at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “But I enjoy it. This is different than anything I’ve done. It’s definitely influenced my style of songwriting.” Her country music superstar co-star Tim McGraw played a huge role: “We sat down for hours and talked about everything,” the 24-year-old said of McGraw. “He was my mentor in the movie and in real life, too.” Meester, who signed a record contract with Universal last April, sings a cover of “Words I Couldn’t Say” by Rascal Flatts on the movie’s soundtrack.
— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Lindzi Scharf