Who Knew? Ed Westwick Is a Cuddler

12/28/2009 at 02:20 PM EST

Who Knew? Ed Westwick Is a Cuddler
Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick isn't just the guy who plays the resident lothario of Gossip Girl – he's also actually "a really rad guy."

But then again, that's coming from his castmate and girlfriend, Jessica Szohr.

"He's awesome and smart and talented and adorable, and we make each other laugh," the actress, 24, tells Teen Vogue". "We go to dinners, have nights by ourselves and fun romantic times in general. And I like just cuddling up on the couch."

But it didn't always seem destined to be that way. The two started out as pals, and confided in each other about their travails with other romantic interests. But after the pair began connecting in a different way over a year ago, it seemed like a natural fit.

"It can be a little awkward when all of a sudden [you have feelings for] someone you'd call to talk about a different boyfriend," she says. "But there wasn't a lot of thinking and talking. It kind of just happened. We had fun together, and we were like, 'All right, let's see where this goes.' "

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