Jessica Szohr was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA, although she has African American, Hungarian, English and Irish roots. Her date of birth is March 31, 1985. Most of her fans know her for her role as Vanessa Abrams in the TV hit Gossip Girl. The actress has been active in the film industry since the early 2000s. She grew up in a family of five. She was a member of the student council and played on the soccer team. She was also a cheerleader. Jessica started modeling when she was six years old, and by the time she was ten she had already been featured in ads for Kohl’s Malls and Quaker Oats. Her rise to stardom is a rags to riches story as she also started a cleaning business with her boyfriend to clean houses. She also participated in photo shoots for Mountain Dew, Crate and Barrel, JanSport and Jockey. She graduated from high school at the age of 17 and went to Los Angeles with her mother to act. Later she moved to New York.
Since she started acting, she has appeared in several episodes such as My Wife and Kids, Drake and Josh, Joan of Acardia, That’s So Raven, CSI: Miami, What I Like About You, The City and Men At Work. It is the Gossip Girl series that catapulted her to fame. Between 2007 and 2009, she guest-starred in the films, The Dream of Helen, Somebody Help Me and Fired Up. She would later star in Piranha 3D as Kelly. The role won her the Breakthrough of the Year Award and earned her a nomination at the MTV Movie Award. Alexandre Aja directed the film.
She later joined the cast of the comedy Love, Wedding and Marriage, Ted 2 and Hirokin. She was the main character in the Shawn Levy directed film The Internship. In 2014, they co-starred with Max Nichols and Miles Teller in the Max Nichols-directed film Two Night Stand. These appearances have helped to increase her net worth. In 2010, she was listed in the “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People Magazine. While she hasn’t appeared on the big screen lately, Szohr has gone back to modeling. She was featured in many music videos and was a cover girl at NYLON. She also acted as a spokesperson for SoBe Lifewater.
The music videos include; The Black Eyed Peas’ Where is the love, Taylor Swift’s 22 and A Great Big World’s Al Home.
Although 2019 was tough, she made a lot of money. She topped People With Money as it is reported that she made around $46 million. This made her top the list of highest paid actresses. It seemed like her great career was fading, but the magazine reported that she was the highest earning actress in the world. She raked in the amount between January 2021 and January 22. This was $20 million more than the second person.
Supposed Side Hustles
When making the list, the magazine takes profit sharing, notes, prepayments, advertisements and remnants into account. Her value is estimated at about $145 million. She attributes this to significant properties, endorsement deals with CoverGirl, and savvy stock investing. She has several restaurants in Washington, owns a soccer team, the Menomonee Falls Angels, the Pure Wonderszohr vodka, and ventures into other markets such as fashion and perfumes.
Her resemblance to Vanessa.
During her acting career, she explains that she had backlash from her role as Vanessa. She confessed to Vogue magazine: “I feel like she’s definitely on the short side, and I think fans were picky with Vanessa, and that’s okay. There were things that deserved that, for what she did, but also if you play someone you also empathize with them that’s probably why I haven’t read a lot of comments because if people are harsh or weird I’m not going to spend my time on that, not worth my time to me. I brought her to life as best I could with what was written, and if you didn’t like it, I guess I was doing my job.” It seems the role that Vanessa suited her, as in real life she has also had to work for her money and have different professions to get where she is.