Elizabeth Hurley, who is old enough to be the mother of the actors on Gossip Girl, cut a contemporary dash while filming her scenes as empowered media mogul, Diane Payne for the show in New York.
There isn’t a hint of the Miss Havisham about the performance of former Australian cricketer Shane Warne’s fiancee, or even a smattering of the Baby Jane about her sexy wardrobe as the alluring brunette.
The 46-year-old exploded onto the screens, and immediately started chewing up the scenery and spitting it out along with the young cast members out as the audacious ball-buster.
Chace Crawford’s character Nate Archibald was Diane’s first course, and though the actor is twenty years her junior, the writers didn’t shy away from developing an ongoing romance between the pair.
Hurley’s performance earned rave reviews, and a thumbs up from her cricketer fiance.
The former face of Estee Lauder, who runs her own swimwear line and markets organic food from her Worcestershire farm, admitted she was nervous about the role after a seven-year hiatus from acting.
Despite her apparent ease with the role, the brunette, who has one son, Damien, has admitted to feeling uncomfortable with Diana’s nefarious side.
“I kind of feel appalling when I do some of the scenes with the actors because my character is so nasty. Charming to others but really nasty to a few. So I say, Oh, I’m sorry,” the Daily Mail quoted her as telling OK! magazine.