Friday, January 29, 2010

'Gossip Girl's' Taylor Momsen Doesn't Bleepin' Care About Being a Role Model

As anyone follower of "Gossip Girl" knows, Jenny Humphrey has a wild side. The rebellious teen knows how to crash a society gala, run away from home and has even been known to engage in a little drug dealing on the side.

And though
Taylor Momsen, the 16-year-old actress who plays her, is just an actress, she does seem to share her character's love of rebel rousin'.

"To be honest," she tells The Times of London in a recent interview, "I don't f***ing care.
I didn't get into this to be a role model. 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."

Alrighty, then! The black eyeliner-loving actress -- who started her career at age 3 in a Shake 'N Bake commercial -- is also the lead singer and songwriter for her band,
The Pretty Reckless. Her fashion style, she tells the Times, is "grunge meets Chanel."
Here are some more quips from Momsen's Times interview:

  • On the popularity of "Gossip Girl": "It's insane. I literally can't go out without being interrupted. It's wild."
  • On not caring what people think of her: "Online, there's a thousand people who are just so mean. There are so many negative comments about just the pettiest things that you can't even read it."
  • On being a finalist for the lead in "Hannah Montana": "Honestly, if I'd have 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 f*** themselves by the time I hit 11. And I don't know how that would have gone down. It's great for Miley, but I really like where I am right now and I feel really fortunate to be able to really be myself."
  • On hanging out with older people: "I have, like, no friends my age."
  • On fashion: "I loooove Chanel. And YSL. And Balmain. And Alexander Wang."
  • On her grungy look: "My favorite blogs are where you get the mothers saying, 'She's the worst influence on my daughter, I would never let my daughter dress like that', or, 'This girl's such a whore, she's a slut'. And I'm, like, you're a mother! And I'm 16."
  • On accessories: "I like wearing garters. Apparently people think that's a big deal, but my tights won't stay up. So whatever you want to do with that information ..."
  • On the price of fame: "I can't try on a jacket without people taking pictures and posting them online. I mean, I'm 16 and I can't get away with anything. My mother finds out everything. Other teenagers -- they have lots of freedom!"

Now, that's something to gossip about.


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