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Jeter's Girlfriend Gushes About "Gossip Girl" Pal: I Loved Her From the Start!

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    "Friday Night Lights" starlet Minka Kelly said she is smitten with co-star Leighton Meester and that the "Gossip Girl" actress is nothing like her conniving small-screen character Blair Waldorf.

    "She's actually the antithesis of Blair," Minka told Niteside at the launch of Renaissance Hotels’ R Life Live in Times Square last night. "She's such a wonderful girl."

    Meester and Kelly, who is dating Derek Jeter, star in the upcoming psychological thriller "The Roommate." They became fast friends when the pair met in South Africa during the shoot for a Clearasil commercial, Kelly said. When the opportunity came up to collaborate on a movie, the brunette bombshell said it was a "no-brainer."

    "It was really exciting," she gushed. "She's such a wonderful girl and so talented. She's so good at what she does."

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    "Pushing Daisies" actor Lee Pace is joining the "Twilight" cast for its epic series finale and told Niteside at the Edison Ballroom Wednesday night at GQ's Gentlemen Ball that he's super psyched. He's already tried on his red eyeballs.

    She added, "I loved her from the beginning!"

    In the film, Meester's character becomes obsessed with Kelly.

    "It was scary because she did so well," Kelly said. “She prepared so much. She went so deep. I had to be, like, ‘Leighton, are you in there? Because you’re scaring me!’ She was very, very much in character.”

    Also in attendance were Kourtney Kardashian, Samantha Ronson, Solange Knowles and R&B singer-songwriter, Robin Thicke.