Jessica Szohr is an American TV and film actress. She has appeared in series and movies such as My Wife and Kids, CSI: Miami, What about Brian, Shameless, kingdom, Twin Peaks, I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Internship and more. Szohr is, however, most popular for playing Vanessa Abrams in Gossip Girl. The hit teen drama series made an enduring cultural impact and catapulted Szohr and her fellow castmates to fame. Get to know more about the actress here, including her age, parents, ethnicity, love life and boyfriend.
Jessica Szohr Bio (Age, Ethnicity)
Jessica Karen Szohr was born on the 31st of March 1985 in the Wisconsin town of Menomonee Falls. Her father is African-American while her mother is of Hungarian descent. Therefore, the actress has a mixed ethnicity consisting of African-American and Hungarian elements.
Szohr was an enterprising student during her days in school. In addition to being a soccer player and cheerleader, she also set up a cleaning service and earned money cleaning for her teachers. Jessica Szohr’s journey into showbiz and Hollywood began at the age of six. She commenced her career as a model and appeared in print ads for companies such as Kohl, Mountain Dew, Sears, Crate & Barrel, and Quaker Oats etc. After graduating from Menomonee Falls High School at the age of 17, Jessica Szohr and her mom relocated to Los Angeles so that she would focus on her acting career. Her hard work paid off two years later, in 2003, when she landed a role in an episode of the ABC sitcom, My Wife and Kids. She equally scored her first movie role that same year, appearing in Uncle Nino. Between 2003 and 2007, Szohr guest starred in other TV series such as CSI: Miami, Joan of Arcadia, What I like about you.
Jessica Szohr got her well-deserved breakthrough in the year 2007. First, she landed a regular role as Laura in the ABC drama-comedy, What About Brian. She then followed it up with her most popular role yet, Vanessa Abrams, in the popular series Gossip Girl. The hit series which focused on the lives of a bunch of privileged youths, proved popular among teens and young adults. It received numerous award nods and won 18 teen choice awards, thanks to the strong performance of Szohr and her castmates. In 2008, The New York Magazine declared it ‘the greatest teen drama of all time’. Since her days in Gossip Girl, Szohr has gone on to appear in other TV series such as Men at Work, Complications, Kingdom, Twin Peaks and Shameless. The Wisconsin native has also scored roles on the big screen including Fired Up! (2009), Piranha 3D (2010), Love, Wedding, Marriage (2011), I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011), Two Night Stand (2014), Ted 2 (2015). The actress equally featured in some music videos such as Where Is The Love by the Black Eyed Peas and 22 by her pal, Taylor Swift.
Parents and Family
Jessica Szohr comes from a relatively large family. Though her parents’ names are not publicly available at the moment, we do know that her father has a mix of African-American origin with some European ancestry while her mother is Hungarian as well as German. With regard to siblings, the actress is the eldest of five children. Her younger ones consist of three sisters (Megan, Danielle and Sadie) and one brother, Nick. Szohr is not the only talented person in her family; her siblings are equally gifted. One of her sisters is an artist while another sister plays the guitar and piano. Her brother is also a talented drummer. According to the Gossip Girl star, she and her siblings get their artistic skills from their mom. She also credits her mom for being a strong, stabilizing force in the family.
Jessica Szohr is dating Scotty McKnight, a former NFL wide receiver. He was drafted by the New York Mets in 2011 and became a free agent in 2012. Szohr and McKnight commenced their romance in December 2014, after meeting through mutual friends. The lovely couple often shows off their time together on their various Instagram accounts. Szohr has previously dated other people such as English actor, Raji Gavron and Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Between 2008 and 2010, she publicly dated English actor and her Gossip Girl co-star, Ed Westwick. Their relationship came to an end in 2008 when Westwick reportedly broke it off with her.