Taylor Michel Momsen is an American actress, musician and model probably best known for her role on the series “Gossip Girl.” She also is the lead singer for the rock band “The Pretty Reckless.”
At the age of two her parents signed her up with Ford Models. “No 2-year-old wants to be working, but I had no choice. My whole life, I was in and out of school. I didn’t have friends. I was working constantly and I didn’t have a real life.” At 3, Taylor Momsen turned to acting and landed a commercial. Her big break came as Cindy Lou Who in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Other roles followed including parts in “Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams” and “Hansel and Gretel.” Taylor Momsen auditioned for the lead role on “Hannah Montana,” and made it to the top three, but lost out to Miley Cyrus. She said, “I don’t think that Hannah Montana would be the success it is if I was a part of it, because I would’ve just told everyone to f*ck off.”
In 2007, she landed on “Gossip Girl.”
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Aside from acting, Taylor Momsen is also a musician and said, “Music is where I can be me. Acting is easy. I’ve been doing it for so long and I totally love it. But you’re playing a character instead of yourself. Music is more personal because you’re writing it and you’re involved in every step of it.”
Taylor Momsen said she wrote her first song when she was five. “It was about my dad’s dead dog or something.” She told interviewmagazine.com that she spent her formative years as an underage music geek. Before she was a fifth grader, she saw the White Stripes in concert and knew she wanted to be a rock star. She admits, “I do emulate men more – I grew up on Oasis, Soundgarden, AC/DC, The Beatles.”
When asked about the comparison as “The Junior Courtney Love,” Taylor said she doesn’t mind because Courtney Love is awesome.
Taylor Momsen said about her transition from actress to musician, “I’d say the challenge isn’t on my end, actually. I’ve been singing and writing songs my whole life, but people don’t know that. It’s up to the public to transition to that reality.”
Taylor said she buys more of her outfits from “stripper stores mainly. Especially for shoes.”
She is part of the music group “The Pretty Reckless.”
When not travelling or touring, Taylor Momsen resides in Los Angeles.