The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen told Backstage Axxess in a new interview that she never chose to start her career as a model and actress when she was just a small child. Asked if it was easier fronting a rock band than being an actress, Momsen answered, “It’s freeing. I never really liked that side of things; it was never my choice. I got put into it at a very young age. When I was old enough to make my own decisions, I quit and I haven’t looked back since. We’re literally talking about a child . . . Getting to write songs, then record them, then play them live, there’s no greater job, at least in my mind.”

Momsen began acting at the age of three with a part in a Shake ‘N’ Bake commercial, landing her first big role as Cindy Lou Who in 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She later became famous as bad girl Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. But even though she’s left acting behind, she told us a while back that she’s not embarrassed by her previous job: [“I mean, it’s a part of your past so you roll with it, but I don’t, I barely remember it. I mean, I was three in the commercial and five in The Grinch, so (laughs) it’s a very distant memory. But when it’s on, I’ll leave it on for about two minutes and then I change the channel (laughs) — it’s a little too trippy.”] 

  • Momsen and The Pretty Reckless are out on the road behind their third studio set, Who You Selling For, which arrived in stores last month.
  • The album’s first single, “Take Me Down,” hit Number One on the rock radio airplay chart.
  • The band’s current trek next stops in Clive, Iowa on Tuesday (November 22nd) and will come to a close in Los Angeles on December 6th.