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Favorite Blerena Coda Moment: 1x03 - Poison Ivy 

“Dear Serena: My world is falling apart, and you’re the only one who would understand. My father left my mother for a 31-year-old model. A male model. I feel like screaming because I don’t have anyone to talk to. You’re gone, my dad’s gone, Nate’s acting weird… Where are you? Why don’t you call? Why did you leave without saying goodbye? You’re supposed to be my best friend. I miss you so much. Love, Blair.”

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SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN • 21 • HUMAN • DANCER AT VICTROLA

Serena van der Woodsen was born to doctor William and socialite Lily. However, her father left the family while she and her brother Eric were young, leaving them both to grow up without a real paternal figure. While Serena was left to wonder about her father — who was he, where did he go, and why did he leave — her mother became somewhat of a serial bride. Serena went through two different stepfathers, “Klaus with a K” and “Claus with a C”, before she was even in her teenage years. With her mother more focused on her own love life than on the upbringing of her children, Serena was forced to raise both herself and her younger brother. With no father to enforce rules and a mother who left them with such loose reins, it didn’t take long for Serena to realize that she could get away with whatever she waned.

Her family’s money and social status had already ensured her popularity during high school, alongside her lifelong best friend Blair Waldorf, but what sealed Serena’s reputation was the parties. She became notorious for attending the best bashes and throwing even crazier ones, always putting social priorities before academic ones. The van der Woodsen name was what kept her enrolled in Constance Billard, as Serena’s grades were far too mediocre to take care of that for her. After high school, which she’d only attended due to the persistence of her mother and her desire to stay close to her friends, Serena knew that college wasn’t the path for her. Instead, she fully launched herself into Manhattan’s social scene, spending time at various clubs. A favourite of hers was Victrola, owned by her friend Chuck Bass. She was enthralled by the dancers on stage and just how liberating it all looked, and when Chuck jokingly suggested that Serena would make an excellent addition to their ranks, she accepted. It wasn’t that she needed the money, it was for the amazing feeling of freedom and liberation that she got from it all.

Soon afterwards mysterious bulletins began showing up on various doors, and Serena was almost always a topic. She tried her best to pay them no mind, but with her new notoriety, everyone always wanted to know what the famous Serena van der Woodsen was up to. Prohibition was then introduced, and while the club stopped serving drinks, Chuck decided to offer an additional service to bring back the business that he was losing to various speakeasies — to have the dancers doubling as escorts. Serena, however, refused. She continued to work at the club, but strictly as a dancer. Never once did she enter the back rooms with a client, until one night in December of 1920, accompanied by none other than her best friend Blair’s boyfriend, Nate Archibald. It had been a moment of weakness, one that Serena was so mortified by that she fled town the next morning. She spent the next year in Connecticut, taking a break from the city in hopes of giving Blair and Nate the space they needed to fix their broken relationship. It wasn’t until January of 1922 that Serena received the news that would bring her back to Manhattan — her brother Eric had committed suicide. Serena rushed back to the city, but while the cause of death had been deemed “self inflicted stab wounds”, Serena swore that the marks on his body looked almost inhuman. She couldn’t imagine Eric getting so low that he’d take his own life, and her mind began to wander. The more she thought about her brother’s death, the more certain she became that it wasn’t a suicide, it was a murder. Serena isn’t quite sure what she believes his true cause of death to be, but one thing she’s certain of is that there’s more to the story than people are being told. Keeping her skepticism a secret, Serena’s now back working at Victrola. She knows the type of powerful clientele the club has, and she’s hoping to use the people she meets there to help her get closer to solving the mystery of Eric’s “suicide”, no matter what she has to do to get there.

CONNECTIONS
  • Blair Waldorf: Blair was always Serena’s closest friend. While she would do anything for Blair, she still has yet to tell her about the night she spent with Nate. She’s worried that the news will tear them apart, though she can already tell that her friend isn’t thrilled about her return.
  • Nate Archibald: Though Nate always belonged to Blair, Serena still felt as if she had a bond with him. The two were close friends and Serena had always told herself she would never do anything to get in the way of Nate and Blair’s relationship, but temptation got the best of her. After taking Nate’s virginity Serena fled, and now that she’s back she’s scared that Nate may want to pick up where they left off.
  • Chuck Bass: Being Nate’s best friend meant that Chuck had a guaranteed place in the group. Once Serena got used to shrugging off his pervy comments, she began to consider him a friend. Though Chuck is technically her boss at Victrola, Serena isn’t afraid to put him in his place if she feels he’s out of line.
  • Tyler Lockwood: Tyler hung around the group because of his connection with Chuck. Serena often found herself rolling her eyes at him. Now that she’s back at the club she often sees him in the audience, but he never seems to give her too hard of a time.
  • Caroline Forbes, Vicki Donovan, and Katherine Pierce: Caroline and Serena used to be close friends, but after Caroline’s family scandal the two lost touch. Now that Serena’s back at the club she’s taking Caroline under her wing, mentoring her whenever possible. Vicki and Katherine are two other fellow dancers, both of which are willing to double as escorts. Serena is cordial with them when she has to be, but she finds them to be more trouble than they’re worth.
  • Alison DiLaurentis, Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields: Serena knows the younger girls from Constance Billard, and from various parties and events. She was never incredibly close to them, but she was always willing to give them advice if they ever needed it.
  • Jenny Humphrey and Mona Vanderwaal: Jenny and Mona are always around Serena’s penthouse cleaning. She won’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with either of them.
  • Lexi Branson: Since Lexi’s arrival in town, Serena sees a lot of herself in her. When she’s looking for a way to cheer herself up she’ll often take Lexi out for a drink.
  • Kol Mikaelson: Serena has met Kol since coming back to the city, and he’s been nothing but compassionate towards her. When Serena feels as if she needs to get something off of her chest about Eric that she doesn’t want to burden Blair with, she goes to Kol. However, she has yet to share her theory of murder with her new confidante.
THE ROLE OF SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN IS OPEN.

Serena VDW might truly be the queen of leather jackets. This Ever los feliz red leather jacket makes the constance uniform a little less drab plaid, and can we talk about that statement of a bag? There’s a lot going on here honestly. {s1e13 - The Thin Line Between Chuck And Nate}