Jessica Szohr has had a very successful career in Hollywood since making her debut in 2003. She has appeared in a number of TV and film roles but is best recognized for her role as Vanessa Abrams on CW’s hit teen series Gossip Girl which has been described by the New York Magazine as one of the greatest teen shows of all time. We take a look at Szohr’s rise to fame, her recent efforts, and facts about her family life.
Jessica Szohr Bio (Ethnicity)
Jessica Karen Szohr was born on the 31st of March 1985 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. With dark skin and light eyes, one’s first glance at Szohr would make them immediately wonder about her roots. The actress is of mixed ethnicity; African-American from her father’s side and Hungarian from her mother’s.
Young Szohr was very active and from the age of 6 became interested in modeling. She went on to feature in a print advert for Kohl’s department store. Her first national campaign came when she was 10 years old for Quaker Oats. Szohr would go on to land modeling gigs for the likes of Mountain Dew, Crate & Barrel, JanSport, Sears, and Jockey.
Jessica Szohr attended Menomonee Falls High School and was highly active both in and out of school. She played soccer and was part of the cheerleading team. She was also involved in school politics and had a role on the student council. Outside of school, Szohr proved to be business savvy. She joined forces with a friend to establish a cleaning company and made money cleaning her teachers’ houses.
Jessica was equally good with her academics and was able to graduate from high school one semester early. She was 17 years old. Her next step was to relocate to Los Angeles with her mother in order to resume chasing her childhood dream of becoming an actress.
She got her professional debut in a 2003 episode of the TV series, My Wife and Kids. In the same year, she made her film debut in Uncle Nino. In the few years that followed, Szohr managed to land bit parts in TV shows like; Drake & Josh, What I Like About You, Joan of Arcadia, and That’s So Raven.
Jessica Szohr got her first regular TV role in 2007 in What About Brian and later CSI: Miami. Later the same year, she landed the part of Vanessa Abrams in Gossip Girl which brought her the breakthrough she’d longed deserved.
The immediate success of the show opened to Szohr the doors of high profile roles. She began scoring film parts and would come to star in films like Fired Up!, Piranha 3D, Love, Wedding, Marriage, I Don’t Know How She Does It, Tower Heist, Hirokin, Art Machine, and Love Bite. Since Gossip Girl came to an end in 2012, Jessica Szohr has been on to greater things. She appeared in pop star Taylor Swift‘s music video for 22.
She has had roles in TV shows such as Complications, Kingdom, Twin Peaks, and Shameless. Her films have also come to include The Internship, Ted 2 and more.
Jessica Szohr’s career is another proof of how much hard work and consistency can pay off in a place like Hollywood. From cleaning houses to earn money to walking the red carpet with some of the world’s biggest stars, Szohr has come a long way. Her net worth has been estimated at $4 million.
Parents and Family Life
The name of Jessica Szohr’s parents has never been made available publicly. It is, however, a known fact that her surname “Szohr” which is a Hungarian name pronounced as “zor” is her mother’s maiden name. Her preference of her mother’s maiden name to her dad’s name could mean that her mom was more involved in her life than her dad.
Though details about her parents are scarce in the public space, it has come to light that Szohr is the eldest child of her family and has four siblings including three sisters named Megan, Daniele and Sadie and one brother named Nick. Artistic genes run deep in Szohr’s family as she isn’t the only one with the ability to entertain. One of her sisters is said to be good with drawing while another plays the piano and guitar. Her brother Nick is very good with the drums.
Jessica Szohr has been in a couple romantic relationships but is yet to begin building a family of her own. In 2015, she began dating Scotty McKnight the former New York Jets wide receiver whose career was truncated by a knee injury. Before Scotty, Szohr had romanced big names like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, English actors Raji Gavron and Ed Westwick – her co-star on Gossip Girl.