An actress whose poise and range reaches well beyond her years, Taylor Momsen stars as Jenny Humphrey, her school's newly appointed Queen Bee, in the stylish drama Gossip Girl, based on the popular book series about privileged young people in New York City. Momsen was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star - Female for her portrayal.
Having worked with directors ranging from Ron Howard to Gus Van Sant, Momsen is making her mark in Hollywood. She can be seen in Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and was given the 60th Anniversary Award. Momsen can also be seen in the live action/CGI film Underdog, starring Jim Belushi and directed by Frederik Du Chau.
In 2000, Momsen starred in her breakthrough performance in Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as Cindy Lou Who, opposite Jim Carrey. The film grossed over $340 million worldwide. Additional film credits include Robert Rodriquez' Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Randall Wallace's We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson.
Momsen is also an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician. During the summer of 2009, she embarked on a 15-state North American tour, performing with her band, the Pretty Reckless, and recently signed with Interscope Records and EMI Publishing. Her first album is due to debut in early 2010.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Momsen currently resides in New York where Gossip Girl is filmed.