Ivanka Trump's 'Gossip Girl' Cameo Has to Be Watched to Be Believed

The original Serena Van Der Woodsen.

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Guys. GUYS. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner guest-starred on Gossip Girl back in the day. This is one of those newly discovered pop culture nuggets that simultaneously makes you go "Wait WTF?" and "Yeah, of course."

Buzzfeed unearthed Ivanka and Jared's pretty significant appearance during season four's sixth episode "Easy J." The pair show up at a New York Observer party, where they're toasted by Colin (Sam Page), AKA Serena Van Der Woodsen's love interest of the moment.

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"Thank you, Jared, and thank you, Ivanka, for marrying Jared and giving someone else the chance to win Bachelor this year," says Colin, who has just won Bachelor of the Year in Jared's place. Ivanka beams, Jared shakes Colin's hand, and Serena pines for Colin over in a corner.

As it turns out, this episode aired on Ivanka and Jared's one-year wedding anniversary in 2010, a tidbit shared by Ivanka herself during an InStyle interview at the time. "We had so much fun filming together but I am not sure if you could characterize our cameo as acting, per se," she said. "I never miss an episode of Gossip Girl. I think I'm a cross between Blair Waldorf and Lily van der Woodsen when it comes to the style. I like the uptown city style and a clean-cut, streamlined silhouette."

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But for real: has there ever been an actual person more like a GG character than Ivanka Trump? An Upper East Side It Girl from a powerful old-money family who appears regularly in the tabloids and whose moral code might charitably be described as "flexible?" Serena Van Der Woodsen's father was even played by a Baldwin just like Ivanka's! This is all too real.

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Emma Dibdin

Emma Dibdin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles who writes about culture, mental health, and true crime. She loves owls, hates cilantro, and can find the queer subtext in literally anything.