Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW © 2011 The CW Network, LLC. Photo: Eric's Birthday Celebration in Season 4, Episode 16: "While You Weren't Sleeping"

Poor Eric Van Der Woodsen! Not only does his family seem to ignore him (minus Rufus), but the bullying drug dealer Damien won’t leave him alone!

“I'm sure Damien has some plans to take over the world but not that are explored in this series. Damien is clearly someone that knows how to read a situation, and then get himself on top of that situation,” said Connor Paolo of Damien’s blackmail plans in a recent interview with E!.

“The Van Der Woodsens are very powerful, and they're a publicly very stupid family,” he continued. “They put themselves in situations that open them up to blackmail, and they do it over and over again. So I think Damien knows that and if he can get himself in that family, he knows it can really benefit him. I think he clearly has a thing for Serena so I think that's never far from his mind.”

Connor has been playing Eric for the entire length of the series, but he doesn’t get bored with the wild plot swings. “The show is plot-driven, not character-driven. And that's actually difficult sometimes, because the characters will change and do things for the plot, even when the character that you set up as an actor wouldn't necessarily do that. Instead you spend your time trying to find a reason, to try and find motivation for the character to do these things when in reality it's not necessarily something they would do.”

As for the set of Gossip Girl, Connor revealed that he misses one key player. “Absolutely I miss Taylor [Momsen] terribly, she's one of my dear friends, so I try to see her as much as I can, and I make it out to all the shows that I can to see her band. It’s tough not having her around only just because she's one of my good friends and it's always nice to have your friends around, but she's very happy doing her music. So I'm very happy for her.”

Of course, Jenny leaving has left Eric with some unfinished business in the feelings department. “I think that Eric's relationship with Jenny was really big in terms of the way things were left,” Eric added. “I do remember at the outset with Eric told Rufus about Chuck sleeping with Jenny and all that, that certain people don't understand why Eric would do that to Chuck, but I think in a lot of ways, that that really messed Eric up, because Chuck was somebody that he felt close to for awhile, and somebody that he felt understood him, and he came out to Chuck [early on], and that's huge. So then to have Chuck really [take advantage] the one friend he has, that he really loved more than anyone else in his life, I think was really, really tough for Eric, and it think shows his view on a lot of things. I think without her around Eric made an effort to distance himself from everyone he was around and let them kind of fade away because it broke the last remaining trust he had.”

Source: E!