Taylor Momsen opens up about how grief changed her

Taylor Momsen first captured our hearts as little Cindy Lou in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas ," then went on to star as no-nonsense Jenny Humphrey in "Gossip Girl." Jenny Humphrey). While Momsen hasn't appeared on screen in years, there's a good chance you've heard or seen her perform as a member of one of the biggest rock bands in the world. So, where exactly is Taylor Momsen now?

Mawson has just completed a major UK tour with her band The Pretty Reckless, and she's in full creative mode... just not performing. "Personally, I don't consider myself an actress. I wouldn't call it passion," she recently told Elle magazine in December, having spent the past decade leading alternative rock The band's last album , Death by Rock and Roll, was released in February 2021. There's a certain age and growing pains that come with it because it's all mine," Mawson added. "There's no script. There is no director or any external force. it's all me. "

But the journey has not been easy. In 2017 and 2018, Momsen lost the two most important people in her life - Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and her producer and best friend Kato Khandwala. It was a dark time for Mawson, who fell into deep depression and substance abuse. "I couldn't get off the couch. I didn't want to do anything," she told The Daily Telegraph in 2021. Eventually, she "had to make a conscious decision to either stay in this never-ending abyss or try to repair myself. I turned to music to try to rebuild myself like you would after any trauma," the musician said. "Music is my therapy. While Momsen is "still in the recovery process," as the singer told Spin magazine, " Death by Rock and Roll" is a "huge step forward" in coming out the other side.

While touring with the record, the Gossip Girl pilot happened to be 15 years old - which made Momsen feel old. "I don't think I realized how much of an impact this show had on culture when I was doing it," she recently told Metro . “It was a great experience and it was an honor to be a part of it.”

Mawson is well aware of the Gossip Girl reboot on HBO Max, but don't expect to see Jenny back anytime soon. "I think my chapter with Jenny is done, but the show itself, the fact that they're rebooting it and doing it again for this day and age is cool," she admitted. "But, as far as my personality and my performance, I left that behind 10 years ago and it's always been rock 'n' roll."