Taylor Michel Momsen was born on July 26th, 1993 in St Louis, Missouri to parents Michael and Colette Momsen. She began acting professionally at age three, with a national commercial for Shake ‘N’ Bake. She first landed the role of Honey Bee Swan in The Prophet’s Game (1999). Her first big role was as Cindy Lou Who in ‘Jim Carrey”s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). After that, Taylor landed the role of Julie Moore in We Were Soldiers (2002) which also starred her younger sister, Sloane Momsen. She got parts in two more motion pictures: Hansel & Gretel, in which she played Gretel, and Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, in which she played Alexandra, the President’s daughter.
Taylor’s career came to a halt for over three years until she got the lead role in the never-aired WB series Misconceptions. In 2002, Momsen recorded “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” & “One Small Voice” featuring Myra & Camille Winbush for School’s Out! Christmas. Momsen also appeared in the 2006 film Saving Shiloh and as Molly in the 2007 Walt Disney Pictures film Underdog. She currently plays the character of Jenny Humphrey in the CW television series Gossip Girl, which is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar.
In June 2008, at the age of 14, Momsen signed to IMG Models. In 2009, She will release her first debut album. She said it will be like “Punk-Rock” and very original. In 2009 she just left IMG Models since it wasn’t her focus like music and acting, for example. Also, she will join in the cast of ‘Cavegirl‘ with “Greek” co-star Jacob Zachar. Nothing is confirmed, they are still in conversation… It seemed to be just a rumor because until now we did not have any new or even a sneak peak about this project…
She signed to Interscope with her band called first “The Reckless” then they changed it for “Pretty Reckless“. They are recording songs with great producers like James Michael (Vocalist of SIXX:A.M.) and Taylor was totally in writing and composing songs. James said: “I gotta tell you…This girl fucking ROCKS! She’s an incredible songwriter and has one of the coolest rock voices I’ve heard. She is insanely talented. That’s all I can tell you right now… but keep an eye out for her and her band PRETTY RECKLESS… you’re gonna be blown away!”
The Pretty Reckless’s first album “Light Me Up” was released in July 2010 only in the UK and reached #6 in the first week of sales at the best sell out albums. According to some sources they are working to also release it on USA Taylor tweeted saying it will be released in Feb 8th followed by a USA tour! Still waiting for some new about worldwide release but sure it will be in 2011. Their first single was ‘Make Me Wanna Die’ which had a viral video firstly but a music video lately that was so polemic showing some scenes of Taylor walking on the street and getting her clothes off while she was going to the cemetery. Their second single was ‘Miss Nothing’ and it also had a polemic music video which portrayed the Last Supper and also had some epic characters as Charlie Chaplin and Taylor as Mary Magdalene among ten other guys. The video was shot with a Canon 5D MkII dSLR as you can see in the Behind-the-Scenes video at their official VEVO channel. The last single was ‘Just Tonight’ which had also a polemic music video. It shows Taylor Momsen beauty in some formal dresses, crying blood and there’s also a girl in the background. Maybe it was the darkest music video she have ever done.
Starting 2011, she and her band are going in tour around USA and Japan. She tweeted about other places she would love touring as South America, Asia, Africa. There’s also a new fresh movie project to her called “Ten Year” and they are going to start filming it in January 2011. She will be a girl called “Lea” and that’s all we know until now. We’ll let you guys updated very soon when we see some news about this movie. Stay tuned for the next update!