Taylor Momsen is known as the infamous Jenny Humphrey on the CW Network’s hit series Gossip Girl but not too many know about her outside of her role on the show. Allow Global Grind to give you some insight and a chance to learn more about this 16-year-old star on the rise!
Taylor first started in showbiz as an actress at age three where she starred in a Shake N Bake commercial. She did commercials and small roles for a while until she landed the role on Honey Bee Swan in The Prophet’s Game, a crime thriller starring Dennis Hopper set in Los Angeles and filmed in 1999. Her big break came the following year when she was cast in a co-starring role as Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas alongside Jim Carrey and Molly Shannon. At just eight years old, Taylor’s performance in the film was nominated for a Saturn Award for the Best Performance by a Young Actor category.
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Shortly after her big film success, Taylor went on to audition for some big roles at Disney and she got most of them landing roles in Spy Kids 2, Underdog and the Spy Kids spinoff movie Spy School. But she was beat out for quite a major role over at Disney.
Taylor auditioned for the lead role in Disney’s Hannah Montana and became one of the top three finalists. As we now know the role went to Miley Cyrus. Ironically, the two are now in a cold feud because Taylor was recently quoted saying Miley Cyrus and Disney stars are ‘bubblegum shit’. In contrast, Taylor is reported as being good friends with the Jonas Brothers, whom are also big stars who got their starts on Disney.
In 2007, Taylor began playing the role of Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girls in which she re-introduced us to the high-school drama and scandal that made the show so popular to begin with as the rest of the main characters were preparing for college. As Jenny, Taylor became somewhat of a style icon introducing tweens everywhere to the glam-grunge style she is often adorning on set. Just a bit after her first season on Gossip Girls, Taylor signed a contract with IMG models. While the look of Jenny Humphrey may not venture too far away from the style of Taylor Momsen, the personalities are vastly different.
In a recent interview, Taylor says of herself, ‘I’m very, very shy and awkward. I’m almost painfully shy.’
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But she isn’t shy at all when it comes to performing in her band, The Pretty Reckless. Taylor is the front woman for the band, singing lead and playing guitar, which is currently one of the headlining acts of the Vans Warped Tour.
Taylor fell into the world of grunge and rock at the age of 9 after her father took her to a White Stripes concert. Before that concert, the only other live show she had been to was Britney Spears. Taylor says that music has always been her passion as she has been humming melodies for as long as she can remember and writing songs since she was five. In 2008, she teamed up with songwriter Ben Phillips and producer Kato Khandwala (who h