Category: Taylor Momsen

Rocker chick Taylor Momsen has 'quit acting,' she reminds us all

Taylor Momsen fronts the Pretty Reckless

It's not so much that acting has quit Taylor Momsen -- rather, Taylor Momsen has quit acting, the 18-year-old made clear in a recent backstage interview in Tokyo.

Momsen's relationship with "Gossip Girl" ended in May, when she and Jessica Szhor were not renewed as series regulars. At that point, Momsen had already made it clear that her band, the Pretty Reckless, was taking center stage in her life.

"I quit acting, actually," the not-an-actress told Elle magazine on Saturday in Japan, in case anyone had forgotten. "I quit 'Gossip Girl' and now tour and am in a band and that's pretty much all I want to do.

"Hopefully I'll be able to only do that for the rest of my life."

Convenient, then, that Momsen also was replaced by Kelly Osbourne in January as the face of the Material Girl clothing line by Lourdes Ciccone and birthday girl Madonna.

The music-is-my-life thing is consistent with what Momsen was saying in April on the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards red carpet, before the whole "Gossip Girl" thing ended. "I've been writing songs since I was 5 years old," she told the Ministry, "so that's what I want to do with my life is make records and tour until I'm dead."

Momsen, whose acting credits include "Gossip Girl" and playing Cindy Lou Who in the 2000 Jim Carrey version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," was nominated for a breakout female star Teen Choice Award in 2008.

The award went to Blake Lively, also of "Gossip Girl," whose acting resume includes roles in "The Town," "Green Lantern" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."


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Photo: Singer-songwriter-not-actress Taylor Momsen performs at the Wireless Festival in London on July 3. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press


'Gossip Girl': Taylor Momsen, Jessica Szohr out; Kaylee DeFer in

Taylor Momsen, Jessica Szohr leaving 'Gossip Girl' "Gossip Girl" actresses Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr -- the two bad girls from the wrong side of Manhattan -- are leaving the CW show.

Despite the show's renewal for a fifth season, Momsen, 17, who plays social climber Jenny Humphrey, and Szohr, 26, who plays film chick Vanessa Abrams, have not been signed back on as series regulars, according to Show Tracker. 

We're not really sad to see them go, thanks to  story lines that had Momsen and Szohr leaving town after being on the outs with the main characters for doing some truly loathsome scheming. We are also glad to bid adieu to their zany outfits.

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Momsen had already been demoted from series regular in 2010, and Szohr's Vanessa recently revealed that she'd be leaving the Upper East Side to study abroad. However, they could make a few guest appearances in the upcoming season.

But don't fret, "Gossip Girl" fans: Kaylee DeFer, who plays Serena Van der Woodsen's cousin Charlie, is being added as a series regular, the Wall Street Journal said. We can only imagine, having already weaseled Dan away from Serena and essentially vanquished Vanessa, that she'll be taking on the resident-villain role.

Kaylee DeFer joins 'Gossip Girl' as series regular Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford will all be returning for the next season. Maybe they'll finally figure out the identity of Kristen Bell's omniscient narrator? Here's hoping.

As for Momsen, who's made it clear that her music career is her focus, she will still be jamming with her girl rock band the Pretty Reckless.

Szohr seems to be shifting her focus to movies and will be working the romantic-comedy circuit this summer. She'll hit the big screen in June with Kellan Lutz and Mandy Moore in "Love, Wedding, Marriage," and in September she'll appear in "I Don't Know How She Does It" with Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Christina Hendricks and Seth Meyers.

Not a bad upgrade, yes?

Is it too soon or about time that Momsen and Szohr take off? And what about DeFer -- is she already giving you the creeps too? Tell us in comments.


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Top left photo: Taylor Momsen. Credit: Amanda Schwab / Starpix / Associated Press

Top right photo: Jessica Szohr. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Kaylee DeFer. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Kids' Choice Awards: Taylor Momsen tries out 'appropriate' outfit for tween show [Video]

It was just last year that Taylor Momsen was busy playing one of the prominent characters on "Gossip Girl" -- until the actress decided to take a hiatus from the show to concentrate on her music career.

But being taken seriously as a musician after playing little Jenny Humphrey has been a challenge, Momsen admitted.

"It's still something I'm overcoming -- getting people to just give the record a chance and not write it off," she said on the orange carpet at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday. "Because it really is something I Kids Choice Awards have been working on my whole life. I've been writing songs since I was 5 years old, so that's what I want to do with my life is make records and tour until I'm dead."

Momsen's new record will be released later this month, and then she'll embark on a tour for the next year -- where we're sure she'll be sporting plenty of her infamously racy outfits. But for the Nickelodeon show, anyway, she toned it down.

"I figured I'd be appropriate," she said of her relatively demure get-up. Still, she was decked out with her usual mass of black eye makeup. Just how much eyeliner does she go through, we asked?

"I actually don't use much eyeliner. I use black eyeshadow, so not too much [eyeliner], honestly," she smiled.


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