Connor Paolo (born July 11, 1990) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Eric van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl, and his earlier work in two Oliver Stone films, World Trade Center and Alexander.
He played a preteen murderer-rapist in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He made his motion picture debut in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated Mystic River, playing Young Sean. In 2004, Paolo was on One Life to Live as Travis O'Connell, a recurring character. Connor Paolo also made a return appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing a disturbed teenager based on the real case of Justin Berry. Other films include World Trade Center for Oliver Stone in 2006; Snow Angels, directed by David Gordon Green; and Favorite Son, his first leading role.
He has appeared on the Broadway stage in the hit musical The Full Monty and off-Broadway in the New York public theater production of Shakespeare's Richard III. He played Bottom in an abridged production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Since 2007, Paolo has had a supporting role as Eric van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl, where he plays the brother of lead Blake Lively's character. On May 10, 2010 it was confirmed he would remain as a recurring cast member for the 4th season of Gossip Girl.
However, according to reports in August 2011, Connor Paolo recently stated that he can no longer manage both roles. He will be taking on the new series Revenge full time and his character Eric on Gossip Girl will go off to college and stay there.
In 2009 he starred in the vampire apocalypse film Stake Land directed by Jim Mickle.