​Jessica Szohr Pole Dancing Improved Movie Role​​

Jessica Szohr has a newfound respect for strippers after enrolling in a pole dancing class to whip her into shape for new movie The Internship.

The Gossip Girl beauty knew she would have to strip off to play adult dancer Marielena in the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy, so she decided to join a class specializing in the seductive act.

And the 28-year-old had no idea it would be so intense.

“During my first scene, I was walking around in my bra and underwear in front of hundreds of people. I had to bring my A-game. So, two weeks beforehand, I took a pole-dancing lesson. It’s an insane work-out! I give strippers a whole lot of credit,” she says.

When she’s not filming, Szohr has an affinity for snowboarding, hiking, yoga and soccer. She describes her hobbies as a result of her being “from Wisconsin”.

Szohr has also said that she is a huge Green Bay Packers fan. She also told Parade magazine that, in order to avoid real-life gossip, she doesn’t “read blogs, I don’t have MySpace, I don’t have Facebook or Twitter — none of that.”

She lived in Los Angeles for about 2 years, but recently moved to New York. Since August 2011, Szohr is on twitter and has been verified. Szohr is good friends with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

Szohr’s real-life fashion is what she calls “simple and casual.” Speaking to Vogue, she said, “I wouldn’t say I’m trendy or follow any particular trends.” She also has 11 tattoos, including her grandparent’s anniversary on her left arm and a cherub on her foot.

In 2010, Szohr was named in People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People in the World”. In the same year, she ranked #18 at FHM’s Germany Sexiest Women in the World magazine.