You Won’t Believe How ‘Gossip Girl’ & ‘High School Musical’ Are Connected

There is no doubt about the fact that High School Musical and Gossip Girl were both important parts of our tween/teen years. What if I told you there had been a low-key connection between the two this entire time?

It turns out that Serena Van Der Woodsen is related to Coach Bolton.

Okay, well not exactly.

Bart Johnson, the actor who plays Coach Bolton, and Blake Lively, the actress behind Serena Van Der Woodsen, do have unexpected family ties.

Johnson is married to Lively’s sister, Robin Lively, which makes Lively and Johnson brother and sister-in-law.

The thing is, this information has been right in front of us this whole time, we just didn’t know where to look!

Here is Lively with her sister:

And here is her sister with Coach Bolton:

If Johnson’s Instagram is any indication, this family is very close:

So, does this mean that Serena Van Der Woodsen is Troy Bolton’s aunt-in-law? No, wait, this is getting too confusing.

It makes us happy to see strong, supportive families sticking together, so this little piece of information definitely made our Thursday.

If there is anything to learn here, it is that for a generation that is so savvy with the internet, we missed a big piece of information for all these years. Luckily, we’re all in this together, so we know better now.

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