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Dorota the Mommy?: A Q&A with <i>Gossip Girl</i>‘s Zuzanna Szadkowski

For true Gossip Girl nuts above the -- well, let's face it, the real age you're supposed to watch shows like this -- the real star of the show is Dorota. Her common sense and biting lines are as reliable as Serena's hemlines and dumbassedness and Chuck's dreaminess. Sigh. Anyway, I caught up with Zuzanna Szadkowski at a party for the publication of You Know You Want It by Eric Daman (aka Gossip Girl's Costume Designer) at -- where else -- Bendel's! We dished about what's in store for a pregnant Dorota, and, of course, how Countess Dorota stacks up against Real Housewife of NYC Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.

TWoP: What can we expect from the second half of the season? We were left with a pregnant Dorota!
Zuzanna Szadkowski: In that regard we'll have to wait and see, but it's a very exciting [rejoining] of the lives of the Upper East Side for sure.

TWoP: What kind of mother do you think Dorota would be?
ZS: I think Dorota would be an awesome mom. She's totally passionate, patient, loyal, and cool, so I think it would be fun.

TWoP: After Dorota has her baby, will she still work for Blair?
ZS: I have no idea -- we'll have to wait and see.

TWoP: Dorota's always been pretty supportive of Blair and Chuck. Where do you, not your character, want to see their relationship go?
ZS: I always say that what makes Dorota happy is what makes Blair happy.

TWoP: Are you surprised by the huge fan reaction to your character?
ZS: I'm really grateful. I love the fact that ... anybody likes Dorota. [It] is crazy, awesome to me. I feel so blessed.

TWoP: When people come up to you do they expect to hear the accent?
ZS: Usually people are surprised [not to hear it] and [that's] a nice compliment.

TWoP: In terms of style, do you think Dorota's going to get to mix it up a little?
ZS: Dorota always has great accessories, so maybe she'll take the next step.

TWoP: Is there anything you'd like to see change about Dorota in the new season? A different direction you'd like to see her go in?
ZS: No -- I think Dorota ... she's sweet and she's funny, and I'm personally a big fan of hers. I'm in love with her, so to quote the old high school yearbook, I hope she 'stays the same.'

TWoP: Do you have a favorite reality star?
ZS: I love all the Housewife shows, but the Countess [de Lesseps] is my favorite because in the [Gossip Girl] webisodes that aired last season, it turned out Dorota was a Countess. So, Countess LuAnn is close to Dorota's heart. I really think she's awesome. I met her once with her daughter, and she was so gorgeous, and they were really sweet to me.

TWoP: If Dorota met the Countess in something like a cage match, who would take home the title?
ZS: I think the Countess could hold her own because she's like super tall.

Gossip Girl doesn't return until March (yeah, we feel your pain) but find out what we want to happen when it eventually comes back.

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