From Vanessa on the Upper East Side to Nessa on the South Side, Gossip Girl alumna Jessica Szohr is making the move to season eight of Shameless. Szohr’s character has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a strong, tough and smart lesbian who is a tenant in Fiona’s newly purchased apartment building.” The two will forge a “strong bond.”
New friends have been hard to come by for the Gallaghers, most ending up as love interests. Other than Veronica, the only female friendship Fiona has had was with Jasmine (played by Amy Smart) — a serial philanderer who caught unrequited romantic feelings for Fiona. Time will tell if Shameless’ writers intend to keep Fiona and Nessa’s relationship strictly platonic, or if the new addition will inspire Fiona to explore her sexuality.
The air date for Shameless’ season eight premiere has yet to be announced.