Leighton Meester

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Leighton Meester admires her former Gossip Girl costar Taylor Momsen's career, but she could never quit acting for singing like her castmate did.

"Both is where it's at," Leighton told me after her performance at Tiffany's last night for Fashion's Night Out. "If I had to choose, I think I'd be very unhappy."

But it's clear Leighton is a big fan of Taylor's music and acting skills...

"She's so talented, and anyone I know that's heard her music is a huge fan," she shared. "You can't help it. She's also an incredible actress and just a lovely girl."

Leighton took the stage last night to a packed house at the Tiffany's store on 5th Avenue, where she performed an acoustic set of new material and even played guitar.

The aspiring musician says she writes song about things and people near and dear to her.

"I'm inspired by my friends, my family, love, loss of love, fashion, art, traveling, sex, food...everything!" she told me, adding she wants to continue playing shows but is unsure when her actual album will be out.

"If it were up to me, I'd release it today," she explained. "I do want to continue to perform and let people hear it. I do wanna play other places but until my show is done for the season, I can't."

The busy girl is headed to Toronto Film Festival next for the premiere of her new movie, The Oranges, before heading back to work on her CW series, but said she makes family a priority when she gets rare downtime.

"I spend as much time with my family as possible. They live in Florida and I visit them. I try to go down there once a month or so," she told me.

We're guessing she probably isn't referring to her mom, who she's locked in a nasty legal battle with at the moment.

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