Jessica Szohr

How Jessica Szohr landed the role of Vanessa on Gossip Girl

For years, Jessica Szohr acted alongside Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Penn Badgley in The CW’s popular teen drama, Gossip Girl. But how did she land the part of Vanessa Abrams? It took being at the right BBQ at the right time – and trying out a few different hairstyles – to snag the role.

For EW’s Greatest Story Ever Told video series, the actress recounts how a fun Memorial Day weekend get-together with her friend, Adam Brody, helped launch her into the glamorous (and complicated) world of the Upper East Side elite. 

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