‘Gossip Girl’ Spin-Off Star: ‘I Feel Like A Million Bucks!’

Krysten Ritter is about to join the “Gossip Girl” family – but she’ll be a long way from the Upper East Side.

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Krysten has been tapped to star in the new spin-off prequel to the hit CW series. She’ll play Valley girl Carol Rhodes – the older sister of Lily van der Woodsen – aka Lily Rhodes.

When Access Hollywood caught up with Krysten on Thursday night, the actress was elated to be a part of the project – and in fact, she had just received the good news.

“I just got the call about an hour ago,” Krysten told Access at the New York premiere of “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” “I just got the lead in the ‘Gossip Girl’ spin-off, so that’s pretty cool!”

And as far as her character, Carol, Krysten is looking forward to playing the “black sheep” of the Rhodes family, who takes in younger sister Lily at her Los Angeles-area home.

“I’m playing the outcast,” she added. “She’s an ‘80s Sunset Strip rocker!”

For Krysten, the role is the latest chapter in what has already been a busy 2009 for her, as she also stars in “Shopaholic,” alongside Isla Fisher.

“It feels really overwhelming. I’m lucky,” she said. “I feel like a million bucks!”

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