By People Staff
Updated December 01, 2020 03:53 PM
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She’s back! Michelle Trachtenberg returns to Gossip Girl on April 27 (8 p.m. ET, on the CW) to stir up some trouble on the Upper East Side as the deliciously evil Georgina Sparks. And the actress admits she loves playing the bad girl.

“The nasty b—- is back in town,” Trachtenberg told PEOPLE during a recent interview. “It’s super fun to play the bad girl. I love bringing out the inner nasty.”

For Trachtenberg, 23, pulling out her claws and unleashing a fierce, wicked side is a “challenge,” but she says she has a pinch of evil buried in her. “Every woman secretly has an inner b—- deep down inside — including myself,” the actress said. “But with the scenarios that Georgina is in and the lines from the script, the evil naturally comes out and flows really well for me.”

But don’t expect her onscreen persona’s evil and manipulative ways to rub off on her real personality. “I don’t take the nastiness off set,” the star of 17 Again said, “but sometimes when the paparazzi get in my face, Georgina comes out.”

While Trachtenberg comes and goes on the Gossip Girl set (her character Georgina is currently serving time at a reform school after her shenanigans on the first season), some of her costars have fallen for each other. Are they drinking a love potion?

“I haven’t tasted or drank the love potion yet because I’m actually not dating anyone from the set,” Trachtenberg jokingly said. “But we all roll up with Red Bull in the morning, so maybe there is something in there.”

With Ed Westwick dating Jessica Szohr, Leighton Meester meeting boyfriend Sebastian Stan on the set and lovebirds Blake Lively and Penn Badgley still going strong, Trachtenberg admits it’s usually only a matter of time before costars to hook up.

“There’s bound to be love on and off camera because actors work closely on set together pulling 16 hours a day with each other,” Trachtenberg said. “You spend such close time with each other and everyone is really pretty and very attractive. People just tend to gravitate towards each other.”

When it comes to finding her own ideal man, Trachtenberg likes a mix of a Chuck Bass bad boy and a sensitive, romantic Dan Humphrey. “Every girl likes a bad boy but the bad boy has to have a sensitive side — that makes a fantastic man,” she said. “But I like an older man, so Westwick and Badgley are like family to me and I couldn’t think of a seven minutes in heaven scenario with them.” — Paul Chi

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