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Jessica Szohr - Photos, Bio and News for Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr - Photos, Bio and News for Jessica Szohr

“I remember getting off my plane in New York and going to my hotel -- every bus, every corner, everything had Gossip Girl advertisements. I was like, ‘Holy crap, I'm going to work on a show like this!’”


Jessica Karen Szohr was born March 31, 1985, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A natural beauty with mesmerizing blue eyes, she was discovered at the age of 16 while working at a Kohl’s department store. Her distinctive appearance made her a valuable commodity, and she soon began appearing in ads for a number of prominent national brands including Crate and Barrel, Mountain Dew, Sears, Quaker Oats, Jockey, Jansport, and Claire’s Boutique.

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It soon became clear that Jessica Szohr had more options than most of her fellow classmates, and she was eventually forced to decide between acting and academics. “In my senior year of high school, my parents sat me down and asked if I really wanted to go to college, or was I just doing it for them,” she recalls. “So with their blessing, I decided to go out to Los Angeles for pilot season.”

jessica szohr makes her acting debutIt proved to be a savvy decision and within a matter of weeks, Jessica Szohr landed a plum guest-starring role alongside Damon Wayans on My Wife and Kids. She also made her big screen debut later that year in Uncle Nino, a heartfelt family film starring Golden Globe nominees Joe Mantegna and Anne Archer.

Jessica Szohr continued to build her resume over the next two years with roles in a number of hit sitcoms including What I like About You featuring Amanda Bynes, Joan of Arcadia starring Amber Tamblyn and That’s So Raven with Raven Symone.

jessica szohr joins the cast of what about brianAfter several years of guest-starring roles and supporting parts, Jessica Szohr finally received her big break in 2007 when she was given a substantial recurring role in What About Brian. The heartwarming ensemble show gave her career the boost it sorely needed, and she soon benefited with additional parts on CSI: Miami and in the direct-to-DVD movie, Somebody Help Me, starring Grammy-nominated performer Omarion.

jessica szohr joins the cast of gossip girlJessica Szohr’s solid performances in those projects resonated with the producers of Gossip Girl, and they invited her to join the show’s cast on a part-time basis in October of 2007. “I was super nervous,” she admits. “I’d seen the pilot, so joining the show four episodes in was like being the new kid at school.” Luckily, her nerves soon calmed and, after a month and a half, Jessica Szohr was invited to join the cast as a series regular. Gossip Girl has since become the CW’s marquee program, having won six Teen Choice Awards in 2008 alone.

“J. Zo,” as she’s known to friends, loves being on the show, but she admits that it’s taken her a while to get accustomed to Gossip Girl’s immense popularity. “It’s very interesting,” she says. “You don’t realize that aside from acting, there is this whole other side. Photo shoots, interviews -- it gets a little complicated.”
jessica szohr appears in fired upIn addition to starring in Gossip Girl, Jessica Szohr also recently appeared on the big screen in Fired Up. While we know cheerleading comedies aren't necessarily your bag, this one is surprisingly funny. What?

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