Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr: The Girl Next Door

“Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr: The Girl Next Door”
by Michael Aaron Gallagher

Gossip Girl - The Complete First SeasonActress Jessica Szohr has caught my eye for her role as Vanessa on the CW’s Gossip Girl. Of course the show is enhancing the Hollywood careers of several talented female stars including Leighten Meester, Blake Lively, and Taylor Momsen. But Jessica Szohr deserves special attention for her uncanny ability to act both sincere and natural on screen, while delivering a performance that seems effortless.

She is remarkably likeable as the unpretentious Vanessa. Her laid-back style, and carefree attitude are a refreshing contrast to the superficial, duplicitous world of Manhattan’s Elite society portrayed on the show. The most unrealistic thing I find about Gossip Girl’s plot is how Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) could possibly resist her charm.
Jessica Szohr previously appeared in CSI Miami and What About Brian and has also done some modeling work for a major department store. And although her on-screen supporting role in Gossip Girl is limited, she is an outstanding actress with extraordinary potential.

“Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr: The Girl Next Door”
Copyright © 2008 by Michael Aaron Gallagher

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