Getting to Know ‘Gossip Girl’s’ Jessica Szohr

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Teen Vogue caught up with Vanessa Abrams ... er ... Jessica Szohr to get her take on what high school was really like for this "Gossip Girl."

Was your high school experience anything like what the kids go through on "Gossip Girl"?
I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. I didn't have champagne at prom and definitely didn't carry expensive handbags in high school!

Did you play any sports?
I was a cheerleader, but I didn't do it that much in high school.

If Vanessa were a friend of yours, what advice would you want to give her for dealing with boy drama?
I would tell her not to change herself for anyone. In high school that can be hard!

What one thing do you wish you had more time to do?
My schedule can be hectic, so I'm always trying to find time to see my friends and family. The past couple of years have been such a whirlwind, so it is important to just stop for a moment and take it all in!

What do you do when you're not working?
When I'm filming "Gossip Girl" I love to just get out and explore New York. I love going to the MOMA, checking out new bands, and shopping at the great boutique shops in New York City.

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