Her costars have helped: "We're all young," she explains, "and everyone was new to New York, so we've had so much fun.
The movie focuses on a "crazy party lake" where "piranhas start attacking," and, according to Jessica, the most frightening scenes featuring her character verge on vérité: Asked if she ever felt silly doing all that horror-flick screaming, she laughs.
"When you're working on a lake and it's dark and cold out and you can't see what's underwater, it is freaking scary!
At one point, the Brooklyn-tastic Jessica had an angle on Chuck Bass's heart of cold and there was an inkling that something could, possibly happen there (though acquisition of her fancy was part of a wager by warm-and-cool ice queen Blair Waldorf).
Ultimately, they were from worlds that were too different and Chuck Bass's reputation for loathsome activity preceded him.
Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey) and Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen) are on-and-off in reel life and hot-and-heavy in real life.