Leighton Meester, InStyle Cover

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Leighton Meester has always valued her privacy a great deal—she even had a super-secret wedding, remember?!

But now that she's a married woman, it sounds as though what has always been near and dear to her heart is even more dear these days.

"My values have shifted greatly in terms of what I find important," the former Gossip Girl star, who next up is in The Judge with Robert Downey Jr., says in the November issue of InStyle U.K. "It's my family, my friends and having a personal life. Those are the things that need nurturing."

Adam Brody, Leighton Meester

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Meester and Adam Brody tied the knot in an intimate ceremony overlooking the ocean in Northern California in February, the public at large none the wiser for weeks!

And obviously she found a kindred spirit, the similarly private Brody keeping the details of their relationship close to the vest. "She's swell!" he replied to one inquiring mind during a Reddit AMA in August.

But Meester, who stuns on the InStyle U.K. cover in an intricately beaded dress, isn't necessarily a shrinking violet.

She also made her Broadway debut this year in Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd and...remember when she cut that record with Robin Thicke?!

Leighton Meester, InStyle

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"It was fun, but it wasn't at all me," she said of the 2009 single "Somebody to Love." "I guess I can look back and say everything happens because you learn from it and you're better for it."

What is more her is her debut album, Heartstrings, that's finally coming out later this month. And maybe there will be some touring in her future...?

"My favourite thing—at least as far as the music goes,  and now, actually, with acting, too—is performing live," she told the magazine. "It's so fun."

The November issue of InStyle U.K. is on sale now.

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