Jessica Szohr Opens Up About 'Gossip Girl' Criticism

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| LAST UPDATE 01/27/2022

By Danielle Mejia
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While our attention has recently been focused on the Gossip Girl reboot that hit HBO Max last year, Jessica Szohr, AKA Vanessa Abrams, isn't done with rehashing the original series that ran from 2007 to 2012. In fact, she's even started a podcast dedicated to the iconic teen drama. And as it turns out, the drama went far beyond the screen. Recently, Jessica spilled the deets on some of the hate that came her way back in the day. Here's what she said.

For those who need a little reminder, Vanessa's character always struggled with being an outsider in the Upper East Side world of Gossip Girl. But that didn't stop her from having flings and fallouts with the rest of her classmates throughout the years. And according to Szohr, she wasn't exactly a fan favorite as the weekly drama unfolded on television. "Vanessa was funny to me because there were so many parts of her that I really liked," Jessica shared during a recent interview with Vogue. "There were other parts where I would think, 'Why is she on the Upper East Side again?' When she hooked up with Chuck, I was thinking, 'Why hook up with Chuck? Why is Chuck hooking up with her?'"

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And so, as it turned out, Jessica at times was a doubter of Vanessa herself. "Some of the stuff that was written [in the show] was so cringe-worthy and was annoying," she further confessed to Vogue. "So if I annoyed you and you cringed at Vanessa, then I was doing my job, because some of the stuff was that way," she continued. Nonetheless, the now 36-year-old actress didn't pay too much attention to the hate coming her way. "I was bringing [Vanessa] to life the best that I could with what was written, and if you didn't like it, then I think I was doing my job," she explained of keeping her head up high. "I didn't read a bunch of comments." We love to hear it.

Love her or hate her, few can deny that Vanessa left her mark on Gossip Girl! Stay tuned for more intimate interviews from your fave celebs coming your way.

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