Taylor Michel Momsen (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress, musician and model. She is known for portraying the character of Jenny Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl (2007–12) and Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). She fronts the rock band The Pretty Reckless.
Momsen has said that “music is where I can be me”, stating that “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.” At 5 years old, Momsen recorded the song “Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?” for the soundtrack to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 2002, she recorded the songs “One Small Voice” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” for the compilation album School’s Out! Christmas.
In March 2009, Momsen stated in an interview with OK! Magazine that her band The Pretty Reckless had signed a deal with Interscope Records. She played her first tour with her band opening for The Veronicas on their Revenge is Sweeter Tour in spring 2009. After the tour, Momsen began working with guitarist Ben Phillips, who would soon join the band. Momsen subsequently swapped out her former bandmates. She co-writes songs with Phillips; in addition to lead vocals, Momsen also plays rhythm guitar.
The band’s debut album Light Me Up was released on August 30, 2010 in the UK,where it debuted at number 6, as well as at number 18 in Ireland. The first single “Make Me Wanna Die” was released on May 30, 2010, where it peaked at number 16, while the second single “Miss Nothing” which was released on August 23, 2010 peaked at number 39. The third single released has been “Just Tonight”.
Television personality Heidi Montag recorded “Blackout”, a song written by Momsen. According to Momsen, she wrote the song when she was 8 years old and recorded it as a demo with a producer. Montag released the song as a digital only single, with the music video being directed by her husband Spencer Pratt. Momsen commented about the recording: “I’m like, okay, dude, you’re singing an 8-year-old’s words, but that’s cool. It’s so funny because I didn’t shop it or anything and I get this call going, ‘Did you write a song for Heidi Montag’? And I’m like, ‘What?'”. The track was later included on Montag’s debut studio album Superficial (2010).
On July 27, 2011, Momsen announced via Twitter that the band would be the supporting act for Evanescence during the fall of 2011. Throughout 2012, Momsen and her band toured North America; the second headlining tour, titled the Medicine Tour, began in March 2012 and culminated with supporting dates for Marilyn Manson’s 2012 world tour Hey Cruel World… Tour. Momsen also appeared as guest vocalist on the first track of ex Ministry member Paul Barker’s 2012 album Fix This.
On November 30, 2012, it was announced that The Pretty Reckless’ fourth single “Kill Me” would be released on December 11. The track was the last song to be featured in the Gossip Girl series finale.
In 2014, the band released the album, Going to Hell and have been touring the album. Momsen cites Kurt Cobain,The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, and Shirley Manson of Garbage as some of her personal influences.
- Light Me Up (2010)
- Going to Hell (2014)
- The Pretty Reckless EP (2010)
- Hit Me Like a Man EP (2012)
- “Make Me Wanna Die” (2010)
- “Miss Nothing” (2010)
- “Just Tonight” (2010)
- “Kill Me” (2012)
- “Follow Me Down” (2013)
- “Going to Hell” (2013)
- “Heaven Knows” (2013)
- “Fucked Up World” (2014)
- “House on a Hill” (2014)
- “Follow Me Down” (2014)
|1999||The Prophet’s Game||Honey Bee Swan|
|2000||Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Cindy Lou Who||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female Newcomer
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actress Age Ten or Under
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Julie Moore|
|2002||Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Alexandra|
|2002||Hansel & Gretel||Gretel|
|2006||Saving Shiloh||Samantha Wallace|
|2007||Underdog||Molly||Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress|
|2008||Spy School||Madison Kramer|
|1998||Early Edition||Allie||Uncredited; episode: “A Minor Miracle”|
|2006||Misconceptions||Hopper Watson||Unaired WB series|
|Gossip Girl||Jennifer “Jenny” Humphrey||Main Cast (Season 1–4)
Special Guest Star (Season 6): 66 episodes
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress