yay, gossip girl

jessica_szohr1Ever since I learned that Jessica Szohr is biracial like me, I’ve been very curious as to the race of her character on Gossip Girl.  I watched a few episodes and my guess was that she was playing white.  Guess again, me!!  I think this is exciting! More biracial visibility!!

Exclusive: Gina Torres Joins Gossip Girl

Gina Torres will appear on Gossip Girl this fall as Vanessa’s mom, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Gabriela Abrams, mother to home-schooled vid-kid Vanessa, is described as being warm and outgoing, which will certainly be a change of pace for this show, not exactly known as the paragon of parental virtue. She is a free spirit, a former Brooklynite who lives “off the grid” in Vermont and has definite opinions about things, especially concerning her daughter. Ah, that’s more like it.

Torres is best known for her roles on Alias and Firefly, though she also had a recent blink-and-you-miss-it cameo on Pushing Daisies as the wayward mom of Emerson’s daughter. The actress is married to CSI‘s Laurence Fishburne.