Jessica Szohr: Gossip Girl Fans Relate to Vanessa

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Jessica Szohr says her Gossip Girl character is the most "relatable" on the series.

Well, that may be, but it hasn't made her the most popular so far ... just saying.

Speaking to AOL, Szohr explained that Vanessa is someone fans can relate to because she does not have the wealthy lifestyle of some of the other characters on GG.

"I'm not just saying this because I play her but for me Vanessa's the most relatable person on the show," the 25-year-old actress said. "Only a very small percentage of people can live the Upper East Side life many of the other characters are living.

"When you watch Gossip Girl you get to see the craziness of all that."

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Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on Gossip Girl.

"The writers also show the reality - parents getting divorced or losing a parent or getting your heart broken - but there's this whole other aspect of, 'Woah, do people really live like that? When they go to school do they really have a $5,000 handbag for a backpack?'"

"But Vanessa has a normal job and she doesn't have parents who can write her a check for every problem she has," says Szohr, who says she's still "feeling her way."

"She's such a people-pleaser and is always helping everyone out, but as you get older and you go to college or leave home you start to become an adult and learn life lessons. I'm hoping in the next season Vanessa realizes she can be nice but not be taken advantage of."

The Gossip Girl Season 4 spoilers we've read so far hint at tension between Vanessa and Serena, as well as V's involvement in the Dan-Georgina plot line. Should be interesting.

Are you looking forward to seeing V's character evolve this season? Will the writers give her some better story lines? Should she just stay in Haiti? Discuss!

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I've never heard about anyone relating to her. She's pretty dull and expressionless, but that goes for some Gossip Girl actors. I'm sorry, but being not able to afford designer clothes doesn't make you likeable. Plus, Vanessa is boring.
And what is this about Vanessa being to nice and getting used by other people? She just walks around judging everyone!


um dellusional much?


And I would most definitely love to spend $5,000 on a handbag rather than my parent's not being able to give me awesome shit.


I can't relate to be annoying or being awful, but I still love you Jessica.


I don't want to relate ... I want to be amaze by the GG world =) !!!


V is fine, though all the characters have certain characterisrtics to relate with.


Blah blah blah such a bitches ..what are you 8 ears old? V is ok for chair fans suck.. You only wont chair be in gg. is not jessica's foult that writers can do they work.


I don't know about anyone else, but I watch TV to escape my world and enter some other way of life, in this case the lifestyle of the wealthy. We watch it because the lifestyle fascinates us because it seems so foreign... I certainly don't go around bedhopping with millionaires!


Go die, Vanessa.


Oh please, the large majority of viewers dislike Vanessa because she's a dull, one-dimensional character played by a talentless wannabe-actress.
The crazy Westwick fans are just a very loud minority. For all I care I really hope she gets to marry Ed, has 7 twins and realizes her destiny is to be a wealthy stay-at-home mom. No more lame attempts at "acting" please.

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