Taylor Momsen Wants to Be Taken Seriously

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While she's only 16, Taylor Momsen wants to be taken seriously. In a recent interview with Seventeen, the Gossip Girl star lamented how hard that is.

"I think people don't really take me seriously because I'm 16," Momsen said. "And they think most 16-year-olds don't know what they want to do."

The actress and model, who is also the lead singer of post-grudge band The Pretty Reckless, went on to assure fans that she knows what she is doing.

"I actually really do, because I've been thinking about it since I was two," she insists, although she admits feeling like a typical teen in some ways.

Taylor Momsen Seventeen Cover

Taylor Momsen, 16, on the cover of Seventeen.

"I am angsty," she said. "I'll be angsty until I'm 80. I think that keeps things fresh. But I always think angst is such a derogatory word toward teens."

"It just means you're figuring sh!t out, and I don't know why that's a negative thing," added the star who plays Gossip Girl bad girl Jenny Humphrey.

Taylor Momsen also denied reports that she is jealous of co-star Leighton Meester, whose songs, "Good Girls Go Bad" and "Somebody To Love," have been used on the show. Taylor's music has yet to be featured on the CW hit.

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Cacherr1

yeah not many actor turned singers have successful careers unlike singers turned actors.
singers have an easier time being triple threats than actors do.

Simplyshelbysjl

I think one of the main reasons she's not being taken seriously isn't because she is sixteen, but what she is wanting to pursue. Obviously someone who wants to start a music career needs to want it bad and start really young so I'm not bashing her for that if it's what she wants to do. However, people won't take her seriously just like several others in her position. How many tv or even movie actors/actresses try to have a singing career get maybe one hit and then are done. A lot! Just look at all the Disney Channel stars and such who are her age. That is why she's not going to be taken seriously among a few other things... But if she is serious and this is who she really is then eventually people will either say they don't like her or accept her, but admit yes it's who she is and it's what she wants to do. One big question for me though is where are her parents? Yes, she is sixteen and these days girls like to dress slutty (i'm in high school and also sixteen so I see it all around me) but nothing like her. Her parents should step it up and say no to some of her outfits. Plus you see her hanging out with people like Lindsey Lohan, who I don't have anything against, but how many people take Lindsey serious anymore? She's become a joke in the media and Taylor should be careful. Sadly people do JUDGE you by who you hang out with. I also have to admit, I'm not sure, but it does seem strange that she starts this "rebel type phase" when Jenny does. At least with the wardrobe since there have been some pictures of her at parties drinking before gg and such. Main thing is probably bad parenting. xoxo,
Shelby

Queen-t

She's a pretty girl but in this pic I feel like she's tryin to hard to look hardcore...

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She sounds very teen. "I'm different. I'm serious." is typical and actually healthy.

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Good for her that she knows what she wants to do with her life, but since age 2. Like someone said earlier, who is even able to remember that far back. I'm quite proud that my 2 yo twins can count to 10 and remember almost all the words the words to several songs, but there's no way they know what they want to be when they grow up. They don't really understand what that means. If she were coached better before interviews (either by her parents or her agent) they would have told her to say she's "known since a young age." And yes she needs to dress more appropriately. The pic with her wearing garters out in public, really?!?! How is an adult supposed to take that seriously. As for her character, I did like Jenny until she cut her hair. Agnes was her downfall.

Cacherr1

I effing knew what i wanted to do when I was 11. She needs to stopped talking. Honestly Taylor no one gives a shit about you... you just used to be made of because you dress horribly and wear too much make up which later on in life will bite you in the ass.

N-to-the-s

Argh, sorry about the typos. I'm her age and I have a pretty solid idea about what I want to do with my life. Sure she could change her mind, but you guys shouldn't judge her for being ambitious.

N-to-the-s

I'm her age and I have a pretty solid idea about what I want to do with my life. Sure she could change he mind, but you guys shouldn't judge her for being ambitions.

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Addison-rose

Anyone who doubts how amazing needs to listen to this her voice is amazing and her live voice sounds better in my opinion

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[to Jenny] That's the thing. You need to be cool to be queen. Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married a country. Forget boys. Keep your eye on the prize, Jenny Humphrey. You can't make people love you, but you can make them fear you. For what it's worth, you're my Queen. I choose you.

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