Taylor Momsen: Rocking and ‘Reckless’

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Musician and actress Taylor Momsen may sometimes be controversial, but having shot her first commercial (for Shake ‘n Bake) at the tender age of 3, she sure knows the meaning of hard work.

Best known for her trouble-making role on the CW series “Gossip Girl,” Momsen also had memorable parts in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and Gus Van Sant’s “Paranoid Park.” She auditioned for “Hannah Montana” and was on the shortlist until the coveted title role was awarded to Miley Cyrus.

“Honestly, if I’d ended up as Hannah Montana, I don’t know if the show would have gone as well. I probably would have told them all to go fuck themselves by the time I hit 11,” Momsen told Starpulse.com.

Taking her career in a more provocative direction, Momsen signed with IMG Models at the age of 14 and now serves as the face of Material Girl, Madonna’s new fashion line with her daughter Lourdes.

On the music front, her band Pretty Reckless recently signed a deal with Interscope Records. Momsen wrote all the songs, sang and played guitar on the band’s debut album, “Light Me Up,” which has already been released in the U.K. and Australia, with an EP titled “The Pretty Reckless” released in the U.S.

Stripping to racy lingerie for musicvideos and magazine covers, Momsen is not too worried about her image.

“I didn’t get into this to be a role model,” she told Britain’s Times Online. “So I’m sorry if I’m influencing your kids in a way that you don’t like, but I can’t be responsible for their actions. I don’t care.”

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