Taylor Momsen Loves Music, Hates Pants
Taylor Momsen is not a fan of pants. For that, we can't blame her.
The 16-year-old actress, who plays Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, really wants to be a rock star more than an actress, and we're starting to appreciate why. When you're a rock star, you can get away with things like going pants-free.
Momsen and her band, the Pretty Reckless, are set to drop their debut album this summer and have recently released their first single, “Make Me Wanna Die.”
Here's an interview she gave to Entertainment Weekly about it:
EW: Your band has a song (“Make Me Wanna Die”) on the Kick-Ass soundtrack.
Taylor Momsen: It’s a tragic love song. It’s Romeo and Juliet. Can’t live without your lover so you die. It’s the Pretty Reckless’ first single. We just shot a video for it, but I don’t wanna say too much. It fits the song. It’s very dark.
EW: How’s the album progressing?
Taylor Momsen: It’s coming out this summer. We wrote it as a record, so every song is part of a bigger thing. I don’t know. I just want people to hear it!
EW: Who would you say is your biggest musical inspiration?
Taylor Momsen: The Beatles did everything first, and they did it the best.
Taylor Momsen: I don’t wanna be Courtney Love. I wanna be Kurt Cobain. He’s brilliant and his songs are genius. The Hole records are great. Everyone always compares me to Courtney Love because they think we like dress the same and we both have blond hair, wear lipstick and dresses. But I’m sorry, don’t a lot of girls dress like that? I look at Nirvana. I don’t look at Hole.
EW: How do you imagine juggling music and acting?
Taylor Momsen: I’ve been acting since I was 2. I don’t dislike it by any means, but it’s a job to me. It can never be as personal as music, because you’re playing a character and saying someone else’s words. Music is who I am.
EW: Your fellow Gossip Girl cast member Leighton Meester is also trying to launch a music career. Ever talk about it?
Taylor Momsen: No. I’m not really close with my cast. We’re all cordial and nice to each other, but we’re not really friends outside of the set. And we’re doing a different thing: She’s putting out a pop record, which is awesome.
EW: I heard Jenny is MIA for the beginning of next season.
Taylor Momsen: I’m gonna be on tour. But as far as next season goes I don’t really know what’s going on. I don’t wanna talk about that because it’s up in the air. At the end of the season, you’ll see.
EW: I saw you perform in New York City last year, and you seemed to have forgotten to put on pants. What was up with that?
Taylor Momsen: I don’t really like pants, man. I like tights. I’m not really a pants person.
EW: You’re a rocker now. You can choose not to wear pants.
Taylor Momsen: And I do! I choose not to wear pants.