Jessica Karen Szohr is an American actress from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
She is of Hungarian and African-American descent.
Szohr started her screen career appearing on television shows such as CSI: Miami and What About Brian. She gained recognition with her breakthrough role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW's Gossip Girl. She has also appeared in feature films including the comedy I Don't Know How She Does It and the film The Internship. Szohr was in the Hallmark movie, Lucky in Love. She has recently played Gretchen Polk on Complications, Laura Melvin on Kingdom, and Renee on Twin Peaks. Jessica can currently be seen playing the role of Nessa on the Showtime series Shameless.