Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has quite some new things going on: she’s recently gotten new bangs and also covered the latest issue of Marie Claire. In this issue, the Blair Waldorf actress, shares some stories about being on Gossip Girl, moving on from her past childhood, and on how boyfriends aren’t the most important thing in the world.

Although you can read the whole article here, here are some interesting snippets:

She’s not good at bowling: “I never played sports. I wasn’t any good at them.”

She wasn’t born in jail: Meester’s mother, Constance, gave birth to her while serving federal prison time for drug trafficking. Meester was not, she has oft clarified, born in jail. She was delivered in a hospital, then transferred to a halfway house for three months, after which she was sent to live with her grandmother until Constance’s release. Her father, Doug, also served time for drug-related offenses. He and Constance would later divorce.

Leighton on her family: “My family has a crazy history,” she acknowledges. “Probably the craziest I’ve heard of.” But it was not, she is quick to point out, Dickensian in its misery. “I look back now and I see it in a nice light,” Meester says of her youth in Marco Island, Florida. “It wasn’t uncomplicated. But I played outside. I went to the beach. There were happy, fun times.”

She doesn‘t believe in self-pity: “You can take what is handed to you and use it as an excuse to mess up. But I’ve always handled what was given to me by life. I consider myself lucky. I was never lied to. And I was loved.”

Taking adult acting classes as a kid: “I couldn’t relate to kid stuff. ‘Jimmy doesn’t like me!’ Who cares? I was worried we didn’t have gas money or food. Those were my concerns.”

Suffering: “When you see how you react when you suffer,” she explains, “that’s when you know what you are made of.”

On boyfriends: “I never had a boyfriend until I was 18. It’s nice, I guess — when you like them. But it isn’t the most important thing.”

She doesn’t care about marriage: “I’m not sure I ever want to get married,” the 25-year-old adds. “The only time a relationship is good is when you really love them. I don’t want to hang out with some guy I just like.”

Here’s some more pictures from the shoot:

Wow, I honestly never knew about how bad her childhood was, I guess living back then it was probably really bad, but I like how she’s looking back at the past at a new light! She also gives some really nice advice on how to deal with relationships! Once thing though, I’m not totally loving her new hairstyle, please lose the bangs?