Taylor Momsen 2011

Taylor Momsen is one of the actresses in the Spy Kids series. She is known for playing the character Alexandra in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.

Early life and career

Taylor Momsen was born on July 26, 1993 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 attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and was raised Roman Catholic. She began acting professionally at three years of age with a national commercial for Shake 'N' Bake. She was then cast in The Prophet's Game. In 2000, Momsen played the role of Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Two years later she was cast in the motion picture: Hansel and Gretel, in which she played Gretel.

Momsen's career came to a halt for over three years until she received the lead role in the never-aired WB series Misconceptions. Momsen appeared in the 2006 film Saving Shiloh and also the 2007 Walt Disney Pictures film Underdog, as Molly. She auditioned for the title role in Hannah Montana, and was in the top three, but the role was instead awarded to Miley Cyrus.[1] In 2008 Taylor Momsen starred as Jennifer in the movie "Paranoid Park", directed by Gus Van Sant. As of 2007 she plays the character of Jenny Humphrey in The CW television series Gossip Girl, which is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. Taylor attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City alongside Connor Paolo, Gregory Malek-Jones and Karina Pasian. Momsen, who appeared in only four episodes through the first half of season four, was then scheduled for an indefinite hiatus from the show.[2]

On August 16, 2011, Momsen told Elle magazine that she's retired from acting to focus on just her music career (the direct opposite of Alexa Vega).[3]


In June 2008, at the age of fourteen, Momsen signed to IMG Models.[4][5]

Taylor was the face of British fashion chain New Look for its spring/summer 2010 collection.[6] After weeks of speculation of who was the face of Madonna's 2010 fashion line "Material Girl", Momsen was announced on July 15, 2010.[7] A week later, Momsen was announced as the model for John Galliano's new women's fragrance, scheduled to launch in autumn 2010.[8]


Momsen has stated that "music is where I can be me",[9] saying 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."[9] Aged five, 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 then recently signed a deal with Interscope Records. She writes all the songs, sings and plays simple guitar on the album.[10] She played her first tour with her band opening for The Veronicas on their Revenge is Sweeter Tour in spring 2009.[11]

The band's debut album Light Me Up was released on August 30, 2010 in the UK,[12] 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".

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.[13] 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?'".[13] The track was later included on Montag's debut studio album Superficial.

On July 27, 2011, Taylor Momsen announced via Twitter that the band will be touring with Evanescence as the supporting act during the fall of 2011.[14] Throughout 2012, Momsen and her band toured North America; the second headlining tour, titled the Medicine Tour, began in March 2012 [15] and culminated with supporting dates for Marilyn Manson's 2012 world tour Hey Cruel World... Tour.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Prophet's Game Honey Bee Swan
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cindy Lou Who Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2002 We Were Soldiers Julie Moore
2002 Hansel & Gretel Gretel
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Alexandra
2006 Saving Shiloh Samantha Wallace
2007 Paranoid Park Jennifer
2007 Underdog Molly
2007-2011 Gossip Girl Jenny Humphrey Series Regular (Seasons 1 – 4)
2008 Spy School Madison Kramer


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  9. 9.0 9.1 Wightman, Catriona, "Taylor Momsen: 'Music is my only goal'", Digital Spy, 11/3/10, retrieved 11/3/11
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  11. TAYLOR MOMSEN'S "Pretty Reckless": The Veronicas Pick "GOSSIP GIRL" Band As Tour Opener
  12. New Song from Taylor Momsen's Pretty Reckless By Avery Spofford on July 12, 2010 5:56 pm - Spin
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harp, Justin, "Momsen 'surprised by Montag song cover'", Digital Spy, 15/10/10, retrieved 1/3/11
  14. "Taylor Momsen announces tour with Evanescence, AHN, 27/7/11, retrieved 31/7/11
  15. The Pretty Reckless Bring 'Medicine Tour' Stateside By Tara Hall on January 31, 2012 5:56 pm – Soundspike


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