Jessica Szohr on Her New Show 'Complications' and Why She Thought Chuck Was Gossip Girl

"I think they did a good job surprising everyone," she tells PEOPLE

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Just like Penn Badgley, Jessica Szohr didn’t expect Brooklyn outsider Dan Humphrey to end up being Gossip Girl‘s anonymous blogger.

Instead, she suspected the Upper East Side’s resident bad boy, Ed Westwick‘s Chuck Bass.

“I was shocked!” she told PEOPLE on Thursday night at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. “I kind of thought it was going to be Chuck Bass the whole time, but then it was kind of too on the nose, so I think they did a good job surprising everyone.”

Though the teen drama’s cast members have all moved on to the next chapter of their careers, Szohr is still in touch with them, especially Westwick and Chace Crawford, one of her “best friends.”

But GG diehards shouldn’t set their hearts on a Full House-style reunion.

“I don’t know about on screen. I think we kind of left, and that was good,” said Szohr, 30. “I think it would be cool for us to get together and talk to our fans. I wouldn’t be opposed to that, but I feel like it’s really hard to get us all together, so I don’t see it happening.”

The actress has plenty of projects to keep her busy: She landed a recurring role on season 2 of DirectTV’s Kingdom and stars as a vigilante nurse in USA’s new drama Complications opposite Jason O’Mara.

“It’s a manic thriller. I know everyone s like, ‘It’s a medical show, it s a medical show,’ but there’s so much more outside of the hospital than in. It’s taking two ordinary people that are a doctor and a nurse, and they get thrown in a really gnarly situation, a really complicated situation. We’re in the middle of a drug war,” she teased. “We’re trying to think things through to make the best decisions, but things keep blowing up in front of our face.”

Szohr compared the dynamic between her character, Gretchen, and O’Mara’s Dr. John Ellison to that of Batman and Robin.

“We need each other, but we butt heads at certain times. Gretchen’s a bad ass, and she’s very tough and she’s in the moment and kind of just makes decisions right then and there,” she explained. “John’s very structured and wants to plan everything out, and so that kind of gets on her nerves sometimes. But they make a good team for the most part. It’s exciting. There’s love stories and gang fights and saving people and family stuff. There’s a lot, a lot of crazy stuff.”

Complications premieres June 18 at 9 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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