'Gossip Girl' Co-Star Jessica Szohr Agrees That Vanessa Needs To Step Up

Last week, "Gossip Girl" author Cecily von Ziegesar told MTV News that she didn't appreciate how the TV adaptation "ruined" her hard-edged character Vanessa.

"In the book, she's kick-ass and has a shaved head and wears lots of black ... and I think a lot of the readers who don't usually read teen fiction indentify with Vanessa," von Ziegesar told MTV News. "Even though I don't like Vanessa's character, it's nothing against [actress] Jessica [Szohr]. I just wish Vanessa was like she is in the books a bit more."


Last night, Szohr got the chance to respond to the writer's comments, and took her criticism in stride. "I think Vanessa's much softer than she is in the books," she said. "I mean, in the books, she wore combat boots and shaved her head and didn't care about anything. [The TV version of Vanessa] is tough in her own skin and everything like that. She steps up to [the girls] on the Upper East Side, but she's too soft in certain situations. But who knows what's to come in the next 10 episodes?"

Szohr added that she does wish her character would stand up for herself a little more. "I feel like she keeps getting left by these guys, and she's always there to help take care of everyone, which is really sweet of her," she said. "But I think she needs to step up and be like, 'Screw all you guys. I'm going to Brooklyn and finding a hot guy!' "

Read what Szohr and Kelly Rutherford had to say about who dies this season on "Gossip Girl" here.