Jessica Szohr

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Jessica Szohr

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Jessica Szohr
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Szohr at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
Born Jessica Karen Szohr
(1985-03-31) March 31, 1985 (age 32)
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Jessica Karen Szohr (surname pronounced /ˈzɔːr/;[1] born March 31, 1985) is an American actress. She started her screen career appearing on television shows such as CSI: Miami and What About Brian. She gained recognition in 2007 with her breakthrough role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW‘s teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12).[2] She has also appeared in feature films including the 2010 horror film Piranha 3D, the 2011 comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It, and the 2013 film The Internship. In 2014, Szohr was in the Hallmark movie, Lucky in Love.

Early life and education[edit]

Szohr was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, a place she has described as a “family-oriented small town”.[3] She is of Hungarian and African-American descent.[4][5] The oldest of five children (Megan, Danielle, Nick and Sadie),[6] Szohr played soccer, served on the student council, and was part of the cheerleading squad while in school.[7] She started a cleaning company with a friend, cleaning their teachers’ houses.[8]

Szohr started modeling at age six. Her first national campaign was for Quaker Oats at age ten,[7] and she also appeared in print ads for Kohl’s department store.[9] Subsequent modelling gigs followed, including prints for Crate & Barrel, Mountain Dew, Sears, Jockey and JanSport.[2] Szohr graduated from Menomonee Falls High School a semester early[10] and moved to Los Angeles with her mother at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.[7] She told Seventeen magazine that she “almost moved home like five times.”[8] She initially aspired to become an interior designer[11] and had enrolled in Columbia College Chicago, but her agent ultimately convinced her to try pilot season auditions.[6]


Szohr made her debut as an actress in 2003 in an episode of the third season of My Wife and Kids, titled “Not So Hostile Takeover”. Her first film was Uncle Nino (2003), playing a minor role as The MC. She appeared in numerous guest teen television series such as That’s So Raven, Drake & Josh, What I Like About You, and Joan of Arcadia. She also appeared in three episodes of CSI: Miami as Samantha Barrish.

Szohr in 2007

In 2007, she appeared in a major recurring role as Laura for six episodes in the ABC dramedy series What About Brian. Along with Stacy Keibler, she played a neighbor to the leading role, Brian O’Hara (Barry Watson).[12] She also appeared in the music videos for “Best Days” by Matt White and “Over You” by Daughtry, in which she played Sarah.

In the same year, Szohr earned her breakthrough role on the hit CW teen drama series Gossip Girl.[13] She plays Vanessa Abrams.[14] Szohr described her character to Ocean Drive magazine, “Vanessa doesn’t change for other people. She says what she thinks. […] she’s just a badass girl from Brooklyn”.[3] The portrayal of Vanessa has drawn criticism from Ziegesar.[15] Originally cast as a recurring role,[16] Szohr was promoted to series regular after the season one episode “The Blair Bitch Project” in April 2008.[17] In May 2011, it was confirmed Szohr would not be returning for the fifth season.[18] She returned in for a cameo appearance on the series finale, “New York, I Love You XOXO“, on December 17, 2012.[19]

Szohr has appeared in small roles in films such as Somebody Help Me, The Reading Room and Fired Up. She signed on to Dimension Films‘ horror Piranha 3D,[20] in the role of Kelly.[21] The role required her to be underwater; Szohr later told the New York Daily News filming was difficult because she was “not the best swimmer.”[22] Filming began in June 2009, and the film was pushed back from its original release date in March to August 2010.[23] She also appeared in a Funny or Die video promoting the film alongside Kelly Brook and others.[24]

Szohr was awarded the Breakthrough Actress in Film award at the 2010 Breakthrough of the Year awards for her work in Piranha 3D.[25]

In April 2010, Szohr joined the cast of the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage, along with Mandy Moore and Kellan Lutz. The film began principal photography in April 2010 and was filmed in New Orleans.[26]

Szohr has a role in the 2012 independent post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Hirokin.[27] Her role as Orange has been described as a “cunning temptress”.

Szohr stars in the indie drama Art Machine as an outlaw hipster and a pyrotechnic artist.[28] In October 2011, she finished filming a horror comedy film in East Lothian, Scotland titled Love Bite with co-star Ed Speleers. In November 2011, Szohr filmed the drama Light Years in Los Angeles.

In 2012, Szohr helped Hayden Panettiere punk Glee actress Dianna Agron.[29]

Szohr appeared in Taylor Swift‘s 2013 music video for the song “22“. In March 2013, she was cast as the female lead in the Fox drama pilot The List, playing FBI agent Natalie Voss.[30] However, it was reported on May 8, 2013 that Fox had passed on the pilot.[31] In November 2013, Szohr was cast as Gretchen in USA Network‘s medical drama pilot Complications.[32]

In June 2015, Szohr was set as a recurring on the upcoming second season of DirecTV’s MMA drama Kingdom. Szohr will play Laura Melvin, an artist/photographer who has “read everything, been everywhere,” and immediately intrigued by Jay (Jonathan Tucker) whom she wants to hire for a photo shoot.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Szohr enjoys snowboarding, hiking, yoga, and soccer. She describes her hobbies as a result of her being “from Wisconsin“.[22] She has also said that she is a huge Green Bay Packers fan.[34]

Szohr describes her real-life fashion as “simple and casual”. Speaking to Vogue, she said, “I wouldn’t say I’m trendy or follow any particular trends.”[35] She has twenty-two tattoos, including her grandparents’ anniversary on her left arm and a cherub on her foot.[36]

She told Parade magazine that, in order to avoid real-life gossip, she does not read blogs. Szohr is a friend of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift,[37] Jessica Stam, Nina Dobrev, and Dianna Agron.[38]

In 2010, Szohr was included on People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” list.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Uncle Nino MC, TheThe MC
2005 Reading Room, TheThe Reading Room Dayva Television film
2007 Somebody Help Me Nicole Direct-to-DVD
2009 Fired Up! Kara
2010 Piranha 3D Kelly Driscoll
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Shelby
2011 I Don’t Know How She Does It Paula
2011 Tower Heist Sasha Gibbs
2012 Hirokin Orange
2012 Art Machine Cassandra Moon
2012 Love Bite Juliana
2013 Pawn Bonnie
2013 Internship, TheThe Internship Marielena
2013 Brightest Star Lita Markovic
2014 House at the End of the Drive Krista
2014 Lucky in Love Mira Simon Television film
2014 10 Cent Pistol Chelsea
2014 Two Night Stand Faiza
2015 Club Life Tanya
2015 Ted 2 Allison

2017                                ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Wife & Kids Dee-Jay Episode: “Not So Hostile Takeover”
2004 What I Like About You Liz Episode: “Lunar Eclipse of the Heart”
2004 Drake & Josh N/A Episode: “Two Idiots and a Baby
2004 Joan of Arcadia Nikki Episode: “Double Dutch”
2005 That’s So Raven Jordache Hilltopper Episode: “The Big Buzz
2007 What About Brian Laura 6 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Samantha Barrish 3 episodes
2007–12 Gossip Girl Vanessa Abrams Main cast (seasons 1–4); special guest star (season 6); 61 episodes
2010 City, TheThe City Herself Episode: “The Belle of Elle”
2012 Punk’d Herself Episode: “Hayden Panettiere”
2013 Men at Work Jenny Episode: “Long Distance Tyler”
2015 Complications Gretchen Polk Main cast; 10 episodes
2015 Kingdom Laura Melvin 5 episodes
2015 CSI: Cyber Carmen Lopez / Blaze / Det. April Castilla Episode: “Gone in 6 Seconds”
2017 Twin Peaks[39]
Music videos
Year Title Artist Role
2007 “Best Days” Matt White
2007 Over You Daughtry Sarah
2013 22 Taylor Swift Swift’s best friend
2014 “Already Home” Great Big World, AA Great Big World
2016 Where Is the Love? (2016 version) The Black Eyed Peas Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Breakthrough of the Year Awards Breakthrough Actress in Film Piranha 3D Won
2011 MTV Movie Award Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Piranha 3D Nominated

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