"He's a really rad guy," Jessica says when asked what she likes about Ed.

Her costars have helped: "We're all young," she explains, "and everyone was new to New York, so we've had so much fun.

I've heard horror stories from other actors about egos, people who don't get along, but we're all friends.

"Jessica embraced the chance to play a new character, but she says that, long-term, she'd be happy to switch to movies or stay on TV.

"For me," she explains, "it's just about telling a story.

Jessica's just a carefree girl on her day off, hanging with her friends.

PHOTOS: Gossip Girl cast, then and now Westwick, 26, attended the GREAT British Film Reception in Hancock Park on March 1, where he told Us Weekly that he sent Meester, 27, a congratulatory text upon hearing the news of her marriage.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!When they hang out together, the Gossip crew is completely recognizable.As Jessica says, "Ed has a very unique look, so people don't even question—it's just: "You're Chuck Bass"—but nobody's staring or asking for autographs."It can be a little awkward," she admits, "when all of a sudden [you have feelings for] someone you'd call to talk about a different boyfriend.