Gossip Girl Star Connor Paolo Wiki Bio
Connor Paolo was born in New York City, USA, on 11 July 1990, so under the zodiac sign of Cancer and holding American nationality – he is popular for being a TV actor, mostly for his role of Eric Van der Woodsen in the “Gossip Girl” TV series.
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Early life and education
Connor spent his entire childhood in New York City; he was born into a Jewish family, to parents Colin Paolo who works as a writer and screenwriter, and Julia Mendelsohn, who is a piano player and a vocal coach.
Connor fell in love with acting at a very young age thanks to his father – he took his son onto the sets of movies, and Connor soon knew it was what he wanted to do one day. As soon as he matriculated from high school, Connor enrolled at the Professional Performing Arts School, attended by some of the most popular actors of today – Connor also attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where he studied acting. Simultaneously, he was part of the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Summer Arts Camp for a couple of years, and had tried studying at college, but quit after only half a year.
Career of an actor
Connor’s acting career was officially launched in 2002. when he won the role of Zachary Connor in the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” TV series – although a minor role, it helped Connor gain recognition, and be invited to act in additional TV series.
Connor could have been seen playing the young Sean Devine in the “Mystic River” movie in 2003, and the young Alexander in the movie of the same name in 2004 – he then appeared in 16 episodes of the “One Life to Live” TV series in the same year.
In 2006, Connor was nominated for the Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Award for his performance in the “World Trade Center” movie – he made a return to the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” TV series for a single episode in the same year.
Connor was cast as Warren Hardesky in the “Snow Angels” movie shot in 2007, and then won the role of Eric van der Woodsen in the “Gossip Girl” TV series, for which he is still known today, as he held the role from 2007 to 2012, appearing in all the first four seasons, while he came back as a special guest in the sixth season.
The next couple of years saw Connor appear in several movies, including “Favorite Son” in 2008, “The Winning Season” in 2009, and “Camp Hope” and “Stake Land” in 2010 – he played Everett Cone in the “Mercy” TV series in 2010, and then became part of the main cast of the “Revenge” TV series from 2011 to 2013.
Connor took a break from acting from 2013 to 2016, when he returned in four movies – “Friend Request”, “Like Lambs”, “Outlaw”, and “Stake Land II: The Stakelander” – to date, these have been his last roles in movies. In the same year, he had a role in the “Rush Hour” TV series”, then in “The Brave” in 2017, and his latest role was in the “Electric Dreams” TV series in 2018.
Connor also lent his voice to the Tom character in the “Bully” video game in 2006, and has appeared in The Pretty Reckless’ “My Medicine” music video.
Love life and girlfriend. Is he gay?
Connor has been very secretive regarding his love life throughout the years, but being as popular as he is, some things are still known. Of course as Connor is so secretive, rumors began circulating the internet, including that the actor is gay.
Connor hasn’t commented on the matter, but his relationship with the actress Alice Kremelberg was soon made official therefore denying the rumors. Alice and Connor met on the set of a TV series they were both working on, and began dating shortly afterwards – the relationship lasted for more than two years before the two split for unknown reasons.
After Alice, Connor began dating Grace Van Dien, another actress, and the two are still together – there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding their relationship, and it appears as the two are happy together. They are not planning on exchanging their wedding vows anytime soon, nor on starting a family.
Hobbies and interests
Connor is currently mostly focused on working on his acting career, but there are still a couple of other things he enjoys doing in his free time. Connor has been very sporting since he enrolled at high school, as he began participating in several sports, including football and soccer. He enjoys watching movies and TV series as much as acting in them – his favorite film of all times is “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” while his favorite TV series is “Breaking Bad”. Connor is a bit of a traveler, as he has so far visited several states in the US as this was necessary for the scenes he was part of.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and skateboard, and has a dream of going on a road trip around Europe with his friends one day. Connor is a big lover of animals, and has a pet dog whose name is not known.
Appearance and net worth
Connor is currently 29 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 6in (1.68m) tall, while his weight is not known. According to authoritative sources, his current net worth is estimated to be more than $700,000, and is steadily rising thanks to his career as an actor.
Social media presence
Connor can be found on several popular social media networks, as his presence on the internet is very important for his acting career.
Connor launched his Twitter account in August 2009 and has gathered more than 3,000 followers and tweeted nearly 400 times, however, it appears as his last tweet was published on 28 June 2011, so he’s no longer active on this account. His Instagram account is currently followed by close to 100,000 people, although he hasn’t uploaded any pictures onto it – he is running a Facebook page as well, which counts more than 5,500 fans.