If you're anything like us, by now you've memorized and dogeared where all your favorite models appear in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue rocked our world, including the lovely Kate Upton, our go-to favorite in the 2011 class. You've probably also noticed Jessica Szohr's blissful, bodypaint advertorial for SoBe Lifewater, which just launched two new flavors: Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade and Macintosh Apple Cherry. We talked to the 25-year-old Gossip Girl goddess about the Super Bowl, the Swimsuit Issue, and stripping into a skinsuit in the Costa Rican jungle for Sobe. Here's what she had to say:
BroBible: How excited were you to see the bodypaint spread in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?
Jessica Szohr: I don’t really know what to say. It’s kind of surreal. I actually have a couple friends over right now and a couple of the guys left to go get it. And I’m like freaking out. I’m like "OMG, this is serious." I’m very excited, I don’t know how to put it into words, it’s weird. You know you’re your own worst critic? It’s like watching a sports tape back. I played soccer when I was growing up and when my dad and I would watch tape, it didn’t matter if I scored or not, I would think “oh, I should’ve passed the ball this way” so I’m a little nervous even though I’m sure it’ll be ok.
That’s awesome. So can you start by guiding me through the photoshoot itself? I mean what was the entire experience like?
Basically I teamed up with Sobe to do the new Sobe life water with electrolytes campaign. My friend Ashlee Greene did it last year and told me all about it. And when I was approached to do it I’m like, "yes, this is insane!" Then I got to go to Costa Rica. And had skinsuits painted on my body to represent the two new flavors: Macintosh Apple Cherry and Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade. It was so cool because they actually put the lizard logo on and scales too. It was quite the experience. It took like 11 hours with a lot of standing and lying down, but I had to stay still because it was so detailed. It was incredible to see once all the painting was done. It was awesome because we shot in the middle of the jungle and in the urban city of San Jose which was such a cool contrast. I can’t wait to back and not have anything to do, even though it was such a fun working experience.
Was this the first time you had ever done any modeling that involved bodypainting or a skin suit?
Yeah, I had never had my body painted or worn a skinsuit before. I come from the oldest of five kids, and when first saw it I was like "Oh my gosh, it’s just paint!" I saw Ashley’s from the year before and when I first saw them I remember thinking it was so beautiful and done so tastefully that I actually thought she had a swimsuit on. So I went along with it and everyone made me feel very comfortable. I kept thinking, "What are my sisters gonna think?” But, when you see it, it was done so perfectly, the artist were amazing and you don’t actually think it’s just paint.
Speaking of sports, you’re originally from Wisconsin. Are you a Packers fan by chance?
I mean, you can’t live in Wisconsin and not be. I think it’s a rule.
Ha, just wanted to make sure. So then tell me about the Packers winning the Super Bowl. How excited were you about it?
I mean, I cried after the game. I was super excited, we had waited 13-14 years to do that. And it was a big thing to have Brett leave and have Aaron come in and take over the whole team. I think it was well deserved by the behalf of our entire team. And my family being from Wisconsin, we couldn’t be more thrilled and happy and supportive. It was great, and I was in Dallas for it so it was great to be there.
What was the atmosphere like in Dallas for the Super Bowl?
It was pretty even between the Steelers fans and Green Bay. I went last year, and it was mostly just exciting to be there but this year was such a different experience having the team I grew rooting far in the game.
You also participated in the Direct TV Celebrity Beach Bowl game when you were down there?
Was this your first or second year playing?
It was my second year. Last year I was not very good at all, which is horrible because I played soccer growing up. Yeah last year I didn’t do too well, but this year I think I did ok?
Everyone knows your character Vanessa Abrams on "Gossip Girl," but lately you've been landing roles in movies and features. You had a part in "Piranha 3D." I’m curious what it was the experience like to work on that movie? It seemed like a really fun project.
It was really fun. Living in New York for a couple years and being able to leave this jungle and go to the middle of nowhere in the desert was just nice in of itself, on a personal level. And then to be able to work with the cast, which was an honor. We worked out on the middle of this lake on a boat for almost a whole entire shoot, which was amazing. It was a cool and different shoot because they added in the piranhas after. So when we were working with just each other in water and we had to do our job and act as if they were there the whole time. You also really have to do so much to get the character to be scared and you tell me: if you’re shooting at 2:30 in the morning out on a dark, eerie lake and you can’t see anything around you, you’re automatically scared. It was really fun, it was a great opportunity and wonderful to work with Elizabeth Shue and Christopher Lloyd and everyone else.
What’s Christopher Lloyd like working with on set?
We actually didn’t have any scenes together. I met him when he was down there. I just know that for the scenes he was in, he completed them all in a few days, which was a lot of dialogue and a lot of work. He was just very professional. But I just can’t stop thinking of him as Doc.
So I’m curious to hear about some of your upcoming projects. What are you working on right now in particular?
I'm starting a movie called "I Don’t Know How She Does It" with Sarah Jessica Parker. I play her nanny. I’m excited for that, I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time. And then I just finished a few days work on a movie called "Tower Heist" with Casey Affleck, who plays my husband, and I played Ben Stiller’s little sister. That should out within the next year, they’re just finishing up filming right now. And then I finish up "Gossip Girl" in the next month and a half. And then I go from there, figuring out what my next move is.
What’s some of the stuff we can see you out in this year. Is "Art Machine" coming out?
J: They’re still making the final cut of that. It’s a very cool artsy indie movie so I feel that will go to one of the film festivals. I had a blast doing it, playing a very different cool character that I haven’t played before. And then there’s "Avoiding Marriage," with Mandy Moore as my sister, Kellen Lutz from "Twilight" as my brother-in-law, and Jane Seymour and James Brolin as my parents. That should be coming out in the next four or five months.
Thanks Jessica, that’s it from our end. Best of luck to you in the future!
Thank you so much. And if you want to see anything from the shoot in Costa Rica, you can go to facebook.com/Sobe for more pictures and behind the scenes stuff.