OFFSTAGE: Gossip Girl on Taylor Swift and Good Girlfriends

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What is an aspiring filmmaker from Manhattan’s privileged Upper East Side doing in a Taylor Swift video? Oh wait. That’s just the Vanessa Abrams character that Jessica Szohr played on TV’s Gossip Girl. Szohr is actually just a girl from Wisconsin, so I guess it makes sense she’d be friends with Swift and that she’d get to be part of the new “22” video. “It was great,” Szohr told Us Weekly about making the video. We were just in Malibu, and we got to eat pizza all day and then dance around and jump on the trampoline. It was just a fun, free Saturday. Taylor wrote a song and all of her girlfriends … we’ve all been through breakups and stuff together. So she asked a few of us to come and have a fun day at the beach.” Nice work if you can get it. She recently tweeted about the video and the power of girlfriends, “Check out @taylorswift13 new video 22 with @clairewinter @ashavignone@addijay & I! Good girlfriends can get u through anything! #22.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.