Before he gained attention for his performance as Bucky Barnes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Stan was best known for playing Carter Baizen on The CW’s Gossip Girl. His recurring role on the teen drama was responsible for his introduction to former flame Leighton Meester, who he started dating in 2008.
“I’m a really lucky guy,” he gushed at the NYC premiere of Taking Woodstock in 2009, one year before the pair called it quits. “She’s the most interesting, sophisticated, talented, and an extremely funny person that I know. She’s really hilarious.”
At the time, the Pam & Tommy star asserted that he wasn’t bothered by seeing his then-girlfriend get intimate with onscreen love interest Ed Westwick, who played the Chuck Bass to Meester’s Blair Waldorf.
“It’s work and everyone shares the same mentality when it comes to that. But we all laugh about it,” Stan said. “The good part is I get to go home with her.”
“I came here from Romania when I was 12 years old. I had an accent. High school was tough a little bit for a few years,” he told Seventeen magazine in 2011. “I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be liked. I wanted to be good-looking. I wanted to be popular. I spent a lot of time thinking, ‘What are these people going to think of me?’ But I think part of developing a strong sense of self is that you have to kind start to trust in yourself.”
As his career continued to take off, the I, Tonya star tried to keep his private life out of the spotlight. In July 2014, Us Weekly confirmed that he sparked a romance with Revenge alum Margarita Levieva after years of friendship. The duo attended Taylor Schilling‘s 30th birthday party in Manhattan and “didn’t leave each other’s side” all night, according to a source.
“They’re both very art-minded and thoughtful people,” a second insider explained at the time.
Despite their similar interests, the duo’s relationship didn’t last long. By 2016, Levieva was caught getting cozy with Joshua Jackson, prompting speculation she and Stan had split.
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