Taylor Momsen: “I don’t wanna be Courtney Love, I wanna be Kurt Cobain”


Remember how Taylor Momsen is probably going to written out of Gossip Girl next season? People were celebrating, because the 16-year-old Taylor hates acting, and will talk about how acting is SO beneath her every chance she gets. For example: this new Entertainment Weekly interview with Taylor. I think she’s trying to promote her band, The Pretty Reckless, but the EW guy gets her to talk about some funny sh-t. Like how she’s “compared to Courtney Love” – to which Taylor says “I don’t wanna be Courtney Love—I wanna be Kurt Cobain.” Raccoon, please. Seriously, Taylor wishes she was as cool as Courtney, and Courtney stopped being cool a LONG time ago. I also love when the EW guy asks about her constant pantlessness: “I don’t really like pants, man. I like tights. I’m not really a pants person. I choose not to wear pants.” Oh, she also thinks it’s “awesome” that Leighton Meester is putting out a “pop record”. Meaning: You will never comprehend how cool Raccoon McPantless is compared someone trying to put out a “pop record”.

Actress Taylor Momsen is best known to audiences as Gossip Girl‘s rebellious Jenny Humphrey. But the 16-year-old is hoping that soon people will also see her as a rock star. 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,” which is on the Kick-Ass soundtrack. EW chatted with Momsen about this new career path.

EW: Your band, the Pretty Reckless, 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?
TM: 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?
TM: The Beatles did everything first, and they did it the best.

EW: You’re often compared to Courtney Love.
TM: 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?
TM: 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 GG costar Leighton Meester is also trying to launch a music career. Ever talk about it?
TM: 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 going to be MIA for the beginning of next season.
TM: 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?
TM: 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.
TM: And I do! I choose not to wear pants.

[From Entertainment Weekly]

What else is there to say about this girl? She’s just so, you know, like, totally HARDCORE. There has never been a 16 year old who is, like, totally, like, epically tough. You know what I’ve noticed? As long as I’ve been paying attention to who she is (about 4 or 5 months), she’s been “working on her album”. At some point she’s gonna have to, like, FINISH. And then we can laugh, right?

Dude, here’s a photo of Taylor with her band! HAHA, look at their faces. They’re like, “Jesus, what did we get ourselves into?” Once again, she’s 16 years old. My God, where the f-ck is her mother?!?




Taylor & The Pretty Reckless in LA on April 9, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Ruby Red Lips says:

    I’m wondering if Taylor is such a disobedient brat that her mother just lets her get on with it as is easier

    Not thats an excuse but this girl is too young to be leading the life she is…but this seems a effect of Hollywood, I think parents are crazy to let their kids go anywhere near this place

    Saying all that Taylor is only 16 so you never know she may reach her 20’s w/o too much damage and be ok!

  2. omondieu says:

    I love how every mediocre musician cites the Beatles as an influence in order to sound legit.

  3. annaloo says:

    Bagging on Hole is right up there with Avril Lavigne not knowing how to pronounce David Bowie’s last name.

    Pretty Reckless? Try Pretty Lame.

  4. Macheath says:

    “The Beatles did everything first, and they did it the best.”

    Um…what? As much as I enjoy the Beatles’ brand of watered down/poppy blues. They most certainly did not.
    I don’t get why people love to exaggerate this band so much.

    Taylor comes across as such a try-hard. It’s painful to look at.

  5. gee_gee says:

    This girl does know Kurt Cobain is dead, right? I had to ask.

  6. Kimberly says:


    My thoughts exactly .

    I hate to say this but I heard some of her music it’s not bad actually .

  7. Westcoaster says:

    What is going on with her eyes?

  8. carrie says:

    she’s so classy! she looks alike totally the prostitute who is down below my home

  9. scotchy says:

    @kimberly so have i,
    it’s not “bad” but it sure isn’t good
    and she is not gifted enough to diss her acting career, which will be the thing that makes her money in the future because this bands weak, generic and unoriginal “rock” project most certainly will not.

  10. e. says:

    she seems like a twat, but i do like the quote about wanting to be kurt instead of courtney. kurt was talented and tragic, courtney was successful at getting attention and pathetic. at least taylor can tell the difference between being a legend and being famous.

  11. bros says:

    All I hear is Taylor momsen wanna be wanna be wanna be.

  12. Vi says:

    some day she’s going to cringe about these interviews

  13. Samantha says:

    She needs to stop touching her eyes and then rubbing her nose.

  14. Kim says:

    sweet. i’ll let her borrow my rifle. jk.

  15. bellaluna says:

    The fact that Pantless Brat bags on Hole and focuses on Nirvana speaks volumes. Who didn’t want to be Kurt Cobain? Get in line, ignoramus.

    She probably doesn’t know he’s dead, but if there was some kind of karmic way for them to switch places, I wouldn’t mind at all.

  16. Luci says:

    I cant believe when people slam miley cyrus for something like showing her bra, when this kid is like, showing her ass-cheeks!

  17. Lala11_7 says:

    First of all…Courtney is and was talented too…if she weren’t…Kurt wouldn’t have married her…simple as that…

    Children and I do mean…CHILDREN like this makes me glad that I don’t have any and makes me want to sit their tails in the corner without any dinner or internet privleges…


  18. Iggles says:

    Gosh, she sounds annoying..

  19. Huma says:

    She looks majorly gassy in that band promo pic.

  20. stephiespoons says:

    How does a 16 y/o get band members like that?! Did the record label set her up with those men? Those are men playing behind a little girl. That is all kinds of sketchy.

    I hate to bring this up, but at least Avril (who this Taylor chick is reminding me of) had dudes close to her own age as her band. Couldn’t Taylor find any kids hardcore enough for her?

  21. Jazz says:

    Jesus, was this brat even born when Kurt was still alive??

  22. gg says:

    😆 “Raccoon, please.”

    Kaiser you kill me!

  23. k says:

    Kurt Cobain would never be on Gossip Girl

  24. mockey says:

    mmm courtney may be a crackhead, she’s still talented

  25. Annicka says:

    I wore makeup like that when I was 13 and I thought it looked hardcore. When I was 16 I realized it made me look like a panda.

    Taylor, you look stupid, you sound stupid. You act like I did at 13. I’m not saying I was so grown up and mature at 16, but god damn girl, you’re immature.

  26. lucy2 says:

    At first I found her really annoying, but now I’m starting to think she’s (unintentionally) hilarious. All I want to do is laugh at her.

  27. Annicka says:

    Lucy2 – I feel the same way about Heidi Montag.

  28. Dingles says:

    “I don’t look like Hole, I look like Nirvana.”

    Please go die in a fire.

  29. Giraffe99 says:

    Pants? Can someone explain this to me, as I am British and pants mean to me trousers, and in in the US pants mean the lower half of underwear, right?

    If that is true, please tell me how it is possible that a sixteen year old, is walking around without knickers?!!!!!!!!

  30. mollination says:

    @Giraffe – haha, no “pants” mean trousers here too. I think this girl walks around wearing ONLY knickers, and that’s what the interviewer was pointing out.

    This girl reminds me way too much of avril “I’m so punk” lavigne. “I’m blonde and yet somehow I still manage to be hardcore which therefore makes me even MORE hardcore because I’m blonde…get it? That’s my gimmick.”

  31. Katija says:

    She looks like she’s auditioning for the role of “Sexual Harassment Panda” in a live-action South Park movie. Kill it with fire!!!!

  32. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    @Macheath: You read my mind. Great band (obviously), but I can’t get on board with the perpetual hagiography. That sourpuss Paul would have us believe that he invented music, India and vegetables himself one night in 1962.

    I think flouting your influences as uninformed shorthand for your own talent and integrity is a large part of being her age–she’s in her mid-teens? One day everyone wakes up and realizes other people’s accomplishments aren’t your own and don’t necessarily translate into your own talents, so you can’t feel smug about it (nor should you let anxiety about those things inhibit your own drive). Then you can get to the business of enjoying things more.

    That said, I wish she didn’t put her eye makeup on with a hammer.

  33. call-in says:

    what the hell? that looks so obviously bad. we should start a “get taylor a mirror” fund.

  34. original kate says:

    “Raccoon McPantless” – that is brilliant.

  35. jover says:

    The actual thoughts of Raccoon McPantless’s bandmates are probably priceless, but isn’t it creepy to be supporting an underage teen. How many true fans of rock are going to come out and see a band fronted by a chick from Gossip Girl – real hardcore. The delusion and hilarity compete with each other in this story.

  36. S.V. says:

    I love the Beatles and Nirvana. Why are kids so douchey today? Ugh!!! So freakin’ lame. I wish Taylor would crawl into a Hole and never come out!

  37. abby says:

    I’m curious to what the guy on Raccoon McPantless’s right is thinking.

  38. Allie says:

    I’m not too sure why everyone is so rage filled towards this kid. She isn’t half as annoying as a lot of them, especially the ones I meet in day to day life. She might not be the most mature girl in the world but she will grow up.
    Her music isn’t terrible, especially for a 16 year old girl.
    Everyone is getting their panties in a knot over her saying she doesn’t want to be an actor. So what? Maybe acting isn’t her passion, it doesn’t have to be. She isn’t bagging on it she is just saying she doesn’t love it like she loves singing. She doesn’t have to be the best most talented singer to love doing it either. At least she is
    trying. Cut the girl some slack.
    There is less scandal surrounding her than other girls her age. Which is pretty amazing considering how much everyone shits on her.
    Also, I remember it being extremely difficult to find who I was at that age. She probably is too.

  39. NicoleAM says:


    for the title alone

  40. foobie says:

    I’m listening to one of her songs on YT as I’m typing this, the “make me wanna die” one.

    It’s very… average.

    But it will probably do well and all, seeing as how this strange pop culture of ours seems to celebrate the mediocre and obnoxious.

    And I find the YT comments about her “awesome” voice amusing. She sounds good for a 16 y.o., but the ciggie croak is already making itself heard.

  41. Kelly says:

    Argghhhhhhhhhhhhh Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!

    Won’t someone give her $50 to go and fix that nasty weave?? She looks like a my little pony eighteen months after it’s owner lost interest and consigned it to the bottom of the toy basket.

    Never give a 16 year old the means to put their stupidity on record, it’s just not fair, to them, and most of all, to US! Who have to hear this shiz! My niece already drives me batshit with her teeny arrogance and dumbarserie and she probably thinks this silly piece is awesome.
    And the eyes. Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s maybelline. Whatever. I want to walk her through a carwash with a cattleprod. After taping her mouth shut. Would that be wrong?

  42. Jillian says:

    I really hope she knows that Kurt Cobain is dead.

    And the skankish way she dresses is disgraceful and disgusting. I’m two years older than her and I would never think about leaving my house dressed like she does. SERIOUSLY, WHERE IS HER MOTHER?!?!

    She seems really dickish. I feel sorry for her band.

  43. sdafds says:

    Ha HA HA ahahha LOLNESS
    Taylor is such a poser bitch… i hate courtney too,

    KURT IS THE BEST and the fuckin taylor never will be like him!

  44. spaghetti says:

    rich girls don’t know the first fucking thing about punk, grunge, goth, or anything related to the frustrations and hardships of society! Her sugary music would make Kurt Cobain kill himself all over again. This fucking little poser. I am going to kick her ass someday and show her what being punk as fuck is all about

  45. Alison says:

    I like this girl she is smart and she seems real unlike hannah or the disney stars. Nothing like Kurt or Courtney. Kurt is a genius and a lost guy. Courtney a lost fucken mess thats why I like courtney she’s not perfect and insecure like a lot of us. Taylor has a great voice but is on gossip girl just because you don’t ware any clothes and smoke your not hardcore. Can’t wait to see her in the future. Genius, Crazy or Forgotten?

  46. lulu says:

    gah keep kurts name out of your mouth momsen. -_-

  47. vanessa says:

    me poupe

  48. Tracy says:

    You guys sound like losers. She’s living a life that you cant + she got all of you to come here and take the time to post about her.

    No matter what you say, she still wins.

  49. Tracy says:

    and all of you calling her a “poser”:

    you must be 12. you only know that word because you’re afraid of others being better at having your “identity” than you are.

    whatever, go Tmom.

  50. shutup says:

    @Tracy: Is that you, Taylor?

  51. PTL Devil says:

    Taylor has an amazing voice, writes great songs and puts on a wonderful show… and she is still only 18 years old!!! … and she is getting better every day.

    Taylor and her band work as hard as anyone in the industry, including a grueling tour schedule.

    If you listen to the music, you will understand why the Pretty Reckless will be around for a very long time.