'Gossip Girl' star Leighton Meester heats up the cover of Seventeen for its February issue--and in the accompanying interview she opens up about love, past relationships, filming 'Country Strong' with Gwyneth Paltrow and why she's not really into partying.

"I think that the importance of love is really strong for me in my life, whether it's a guy or a friend or just my puppy," the actress revealed (via PEOPLE.) "I think love changes you over time, and whether you have good or bad experiences, you always grow and learn from it."

More excerpts from the Seventeen interview after the jump.