We were promised original Gossip Girl cameos, and we just had our first one in HBO Max’s new Gossip Girl: Milo Sparks (Azhy Robertson), son of the one and only arbiter of Whartonian chaos, Georgina Sparks.
Played by Michelle Trachtenberg in the CW series, Georgina knew how to liven up a party and destroy a few lives in the process. In the season 3 finale, she drops her most explosive bomb yet — she’s pregnant, and Dan Humphrey is allegedly the father. A faked DNA test, a birth certificate, and an elongated spa visit later, and Dan is raising a baby in his family’s Brooklyn loft. While it’s not long before we discover Dan is not baby Milo’s dad, no small amount of damage is already done.
In episode 4 of the new Gossip Girl, we find out Milo has ended up on the Upper East Side, in a mansion decorated with photos of Georgina and Elon Musk, Georgina and Vladimir Putin, Georgina and Ed Sheeran… and one solo portrait of Blair Waldorf. His parents are notably absent from their home, but young Milo has already internalized their wisdom, working with Zoya (Whitney Peak) to launch a coup against Julien (Jordan Alexander).
11-year-old Azhy is already an acting veteran with roles in Marriage Story, The Plot Against America, Come Play, and the forthcoming alien series from Apple, Invasion. He plays Milo with cunning and confidence, citing himself as the Mini-Me to Georgina’s Dr. Evil when we speak on the phone. Below, hear from Azhy on his notorious Gossip Girl mom, learning bass guitar, and what he would like to share on social media — once he’s old enough.
Teen Vogue: What have you been up to this summer?
Azhy Robertson: Oh not much, just relaxing. A while ago, I started playing bass guitar, then I stopped for a while because I was busy with work and school and stuff, but I started taking lessons again and it’s really cool.
TV: What’s a song that you’ve learned recently that you liked?
AR: A lot. Have you heard of “Island in the Sun” by Weezer?
TV: Great song.
AR: Yeah. It’s pretty fun to play.
TV: Is it hard to balance learning guitar, school, acting in all these great projects?
AR: Actually, yeah, sometimes because I have to take a break from learning the bass in school to work. And sometimes I have to do school, I have to do tutoring and stuff at work, which, it’s manageable, but it could be a little better. It could be a little less complicated.
TV: You’ve been very busy over the past couple of years. What has been the most fun project you’ve worked on?
AR: That’s really hard to say. Everything has some cool elements. Even the days on set that I don’t enjoy, there are parts of those days and parts of those projects that I really like, that help me keep on going. Gossip Girl was really fun to work on. Everyone was super nice. Everyone was cool. The director Jennifer Lynch, after every take she said “giggity,” which is what Quagmire says in Family Guy, which was pretty funny.
TV: How did you first hear about Gossip Girl and the role that you would be up for? How did that work?
AR: Well, I got the offer and I was very interested because Milo, he’s really different from everyone else I’ve played. He’s like an evil genius. He’s almost a super villain. He’s almost comically evil, like mustache twirling. He has a very different personality to all of the other people I’ve played and I figured it would be really cool and fun to play this guy and be in Gossip Girl. Which also, another thing is my cousin, she’s a huge fan of Gossip Girl. And when my parents and I called her, she was really surprised and elated that I was in it, which was pretty cool.