Taylor Momsen is Best Known For Her role as Jenny Humphrey in American teen drama TV series Gossip Girl. She was a main cast member for Seasons 1 to 4 from 2007 to 2010 and was a guest star in season 6 in 2012. She appeared in a total of 88 episodes.
Born Name Taylor Michel Momsen
Nick Name Tay-Tay Momsen, TayMom, Tay, Death, Little J
Occupation Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Actress, and Model
Years active 1997–present
Age: July 26, 1993, 31 years and 9 months, St. Louis, Missouri, US
Sun Sign Leo
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
Measurements 32-23-33 in or 81-58.5-84 cm
Bra Size 32B
Father – Michael Momsen
Mother – Collette Momsen
Relatives – Sloane Momsen (Younger Sister) (Actress)
As a model, Taylor was signed with IMG Models – New York, when she was 14. She was the face of British fashion chain New Look for its spring/summer 2010 collection. She was the model for John Galliano’s new women’s fragrance in autumn 2010.
Beauty mark above top lip
Star tattoo on her side
As a musician, she is signed with DAS Communications, Ltd.
Alternative rock, hard rock, post-grunge
Interscope, Razor & Tie, Cooking Vinyl
New Look (London), Material Girl (2010), Parlez-moi d’Amour Perfume, Samantha Thavasa Bags
She is the member of American alternative rock band The Pretty Reckless, which released its first album in UK in 2010 titled Light Me Up. It debuted at number 6 in UK and number 18 in Ireland.
1999 film The Prophet’s Game for her role as Honey Bee Swan. Although, her next film How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000 was a success and she was nominated for 3 awards.
First TV Show
She acted in American TV series Early Edition (1996-2000) for her role as Allie. She got a chance to appear in 1998 in just 1 episode titled “A Minor Miracle” in Season 2, Episode 11.
Momsen was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents are Michael and Collette Momsen and she has a younger sister, Sloane Momsen, who is also an actress. She has Russian ancestry. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for elementary school and later Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac, Maryland. She studied dance at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis.
Momsen was signed with Ford Models at a very young age: “My parents signed me up with Ford Modeling at the age of 2. 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.” She began acting professionally at three years of age in a 1997 national commercial for Shake ‘n Bake. She was then cast in The Prophet’s Game.
Momsen is included on the list of Unclaimed Coogan accounts for performing children whose partial childhood earnings are mandated to be put in a special fund but who have yet to claim their earnings.
Momsen attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan for high school alongside Connor Paolo, Gregori Lukas and Sarah Hyland.
In 2000, Momsen played the role of Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, her breakout role. In 2002, she was given the role of Gretel in the motion picture: Hansel and Gretel, as well as Alexandra, the President’s daughter, in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.
Momsen’s career came to a halt for over three years until she received a lead role in the WB series Misconceptions, which was never aired, after that she also appeared in the 2006 film Saving Shiloh. She also auditioned for the title role in Hannah Montana, and was in the top three, but the role was instead awarded to Miley Cyrus—a decision that Momsen was happy with in retrospect. In 2007, she starred in the Walt Disney Pictures film Underdog as Molly and as Jennifer in the movie Paranoid Park, directed by Gus Van Sant.
Beginning in 2007, she played the character of Jenny Humphrey in The CW television series Gossip Girl, which is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. Momsen’s appearances on the series became increasingly sporadic, and by the end of the first half of the fourth season, she had only appeared in four episodes. It was then announced that the actress would be scheduled for an indefinite hiatus from the show, which ultimately resulted in her leaving the series as a regular cast member, following the completion of the fourth season in 2011. Later that year, on August 16, 2011, Momsen told Elle magazine that she had quit acting to focus on her music career. However, on October 16, 2012, it was reported that Momsen would be returning to Gossip Girl for the final episode of the sixth and final season, in which she appeared briefly in the wedding sequence.
In June 2008, at the age of fourteen, Momsen signed to IMG Models.
Taylor was the face of British fashion chain New Look for its spring/summer 2010 collection. After weeks of speculation of who was the face of Madonna’s 2010 fashion line “Material Girl”, Momsen was announced on July 15, 2010. A week later, Momsen was announced as the model for John Galliano’s new women’s fragrance, scheduled to launch in autumn 2010. In 2010, she appeared in a video for John Galliano’s “Parlez-Moi d’Amour” fragrance ad campaign.
Momsen is currently the face of Samantha Thavasa’s handbag line. She has done multiple photoshoots, press events, and commercials.
She appeared on the cover of Page Six Magazine when she was fifteen years old in 2009. Momsen also appeared on the February 2010 cover of Seventeen. In October 2010, Momsen wore a pair of platform stilettos, thigh-high stockings, and had a holster strapped around her leg for Revolver. Two months after she appeared on the cover of French magazine Rock One’s. Momsen appeared on the cover of FHM’s March 2012 edition and FHM ranked Momsen #29 in its 2012 Hot 100 issue. She also made her cover debut for Maxim in the November 2013 issue.
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, while the second single “Miss Nothing” which was released on August 23, 2010 peaked at number 39. “Just Tonight” was released as the album’s third single. Songs from this album have been in the movie “Kick-ass” as well as shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and “Gossip Girl”.
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.
Momsen cites Kurt Cobain, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Marilyn Manson, Oasis and Shirley Manson of Garbage as some of her personal influences.
Going to Hell was released on March 18, 2014. The release marked the band’s largest sales week to date and landed at #5 on the Billboard 200 with over 35,000 copies sold in its first week. The success of the record saw Taylor, along with the rest of the band, break records when they became the first female-fronted band to reach No. 1 on the rock radio charts with its first two singles: “Heaven Knows” in March 2014 and “Fucked Up World” in September 2014. The Pretty Reckless also spent the majority of late 2013 throughout 2014 on tour supporting Going To Hell. In 2014, her band also supported Fall Out Boy in their European leg of the Save Rock n Roll Tour along with New Politics.
Throughout 2015, Momsen continued to record new material for the third Pretty Reckless album. On September 29, 2016, the band released the single “Take Me Down”, which reached number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. The third album, Who You Selling For was released in October 2016.
Taylor Momsen says that she workouts in the form of dance. Before moving to New York for a show, she was in a dance company, where she danced all the time. But, now she has become a little bit of lazy and prefers to go to the gym. She also tries to walk but she finds it difficult in such a cold. She says that she is motivated to workout more and more if she is looking good. So, she does proper makeup before going to the gym and leaves her bracelets on.
She eats a lot of apples and peanut butter and also some animal crackers dipped in water, which was her comfort food as a kid.
Taylor Momsen Favorite Things
Favorite Snack – Animal Crackers dipped in water
Favorite Idols – Robert Plant, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain
Favorite Bands – Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Joan Jett, The Beatles, John Lennon, Blondie, Garbage, Pink Floyd
Favorite Accessories – Leather Jacket, Platform shoes/boots/heels, Long blonde extensions, Dressy Lingerie
Taylor Momsen Facts
Taylor Momsen began acting professionally at 3 years of age appearing in the Shake N’ Bake commercial.
Taylor Momsen has stated that “music is where I can be me”.
She has a dog named Petal.
Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), and Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl) are her friends.
She has signed with Interscope records.
She wants to major in Language Arts, as told by her to Teen Vogue.
She fronts the rock band “The Pretty Reckless”.
On August 16, 2011, she told Elle magazine that she quit her acting to focus on her music career.
She had also auditioned for the title role in Hannah Montana, and she was also in top three. But, finally, that role was awarded to Miley Cyrus.