Growing up Wisconsin makes Jessica Szohr long for the simple life.

“My mom and stepdad have an amazing backyard, and also my dad and stepmom as well,” the former Gossip Girl star, 26, tells me at a SoBe Try Everything event in NYC. “They both have amazing fire pits to roast marshmallows and sit with my family and listen to my brother or my stepdad play guitar. Just veg out, eat a lot, and relax.”

She continues, “Having bonfires in the backyard is super fun to me. It’s being with my family and close friends. It’s quiet, and besides the mosquitoes, which annoy me, it’s sitting around, sharing stories, being comfortable and being around the people who have supported and been by my side since I was a little girl. It’s very comforting, and that’s what I love.”

The actress even relaxes her diet for the occasion.

“I like making S’mores with the graham crackers and chocolate,” she says. “It’s so funny because my little eight-year-old sister will be like ‘no, you just have to hold it here,’ and I put it in and it burns. I’m like ‘agh!’ [shrieks] I’ll eat a lot. It’s fun, it’s cute, and it’s great to be around people that are loving and that I don’t get to see very often, so I try to go back as much as I can.”

Here’s my pic with Jessica:

Jessica stars in the movie I Don’t Know How She Does It, which is out next month.


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