A simple Midwestern girl, Jessica Szohr could relate to her Brooklyn character's isolation from the Upper East Sider's on Gossip Girl, her debut role. The CW show becomes a smash hit when it premieres in 2007 and while onscreen Jessica's character Vanessa woos co-stars Penn Badgely and Chace Crawford, offscreen Vanessa has a very real romance with co-star Ed Westwick which they go public with in 2009. A year later, Jessica takes on her first big-screen role in the campy and bloody Piranha 3-D.

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