Taylor Michel Momsen (born July 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, former actress, and model. Her parents are Michael and Collette Momsen and she has a younger sister, Sloane Momsen, who is also an actress. 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 is known for being the lead singer and frontwoman of the American rock band The Pretty Reckless. Although, she says now that she is older she is not a religious person.
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.
In 2000, Momsen played the role of Cindy Lou Who in Dr.
Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, her breakout role.
She is also known for portraying the character of Jenny Humphrey on the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–2012) and Cindy Lou Who in the film Dr. She studied dance at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Momsen was signed with Ford Models at a very young age: "My parents signed me up with Ford [Modeling] at the age of 2. 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. 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.
No 2-year-old wants to be working, but I had no choice. Momsen attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan for high school alongside Connor Paolo, Gregori Lukas and Sarah Hyland.
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.
n June 2008, at the age of fourteen, Momsen signed to IMG Models.
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.