Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester Says She's 'Really Close' to Chace Crawford

12/04/2007 at 03:25 PM EST

Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester Says She's 'Really Close' to Chace Crawford
Chace Crawford (left) and Leighton Meester
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Yes, he's dreamy. But Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester is shooting down talk of a romance with costar Chace Crawford.

"For the record, not true!" she told PEOPLE at the Monday night at The Help Group's Annual Teddy Bear Ball, where CW head honcho Dawn Ostroff was being honored.

But the brunette, 21, does admit that Crawford is one of her favorite costars. "I'm really close to Chace," she said. "We're really good friends. [Along with] Nicole [Fiscella], who plays Isabel on the show. We're all just really happy people. We have the same views on life."

There certainly were no visible sparks between the two at the Teddy Bear bash. Crawford, 22 – who has been linked to Carrie Underwood – sat next to Gossip's Blake Lively, while Meester sat across the table.

Lively, for one, says she's sick of all the, well, gossip. "The biggest thing I've noticed is they kind of want everybody to be their character," the 20-year-old said. "Like Leighton [dating] Chace, and me and Leighton hating each other. Those are our characters on the show – that's not us in real life."

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