Taylor Michel Momsen (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress, musician and model who portrays the character of Jenny Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl and portrayed the role of Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas,and fronts the rock band The Pretty Reckless.
Her Mom took her to NYC because she was so bubbly, out going and so talented for her young age! She began her acting career at age 3 with a national commercial for Shake-N-Bake. She also appeared in commercials for Snuggle fabric softener.
Taylor landed Gossip Girl a few years later and is known as the infamous Lil-J! Taylor starting touring with The Pretty Reckless when she appeared on Van's Warp Tour summer of 2010. Taylor is the lead singer and she writes all of her own lyrics. She has toured all over the UK, topping rock charts right away! Then touring US cities in 2011.
She has been writing, singing and dancing since she could walk and talk.
I live a very adult life: I have two different careers; I'm on tour. What am I going to do, hang out with the high school kids? I just can't relate to what they talk about-it seems so petty...I've had lots of relationships. My parents know that I'm not going to date someone who's sixteen. Boys are so much less mature than girls as it is; there's just no way- I would eat a boy my age alive.
[on auditioning for Hannah Montana] Honestly, if I'd have ended up as Hannah Montana, I don't know if the show would have gone as well. I probably would have told them all to go fuck themselves by the time I hit 11. And I don't know how that would have gone down.
"I love what I'm doing and I'm really proud of the record and excited about the tour, which is all positive. But, you know, I'm a girl. It's not a priority for me but I'm a chick and every girl wants a guy. There's no-one off the top of my head who takes my fancy though."
"You don't get to see much of the city or meet people at all. It's different to how I would have thought it would be. It's not just about the parties."
"I like fashion a lot. I like Pucci for all the patterns. I love vintage but I also love modern style. I mix everything. It’s my own style"
"I trip a lot. I’m kind of klutzy even though I’m a dancer. I ripped my Achilles heel, had crutches for a year. It was really embarrassing."
- She shares the ame birthday as The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger.
- She auditioned for the lead role in Hannah Montana, a role that eventually went to Miley Cyrus.
- Before she auditioned for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, she had never read the book or seen the cartoon.
- Her first TV appearance was in a "Shake N' Bake" commercial.
- She is a member of the band The Pretty Reckless, which is signed with Interscope Records.
- She cites Robert Plant, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain as her idols.