I can’t believe this chick is only sixteen years old. Where the fuck is this age of innocence we speak of so fondly? Age three?
Taylor “too-fucking-cool-for-Gossip Girl” Momsen recently sat down for an interview with EW and discussed lots of important things like Leighton Meester’s new “pop record” and Momsen’s very own vehement denials that she’s trying to be like Courtney Love. Momsen also plugs her band, The Pretty Reckless, and talks up her dark side in a not-at-all attention-seeking way:
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: 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 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.
Damn, this girl’s deep. You know, for all of sixteen years. Oh, and for not even living through a quarter of what her “mentors” have yet. I don’t know. I thought the whole teenage-angst thing went out the window back in like, 2001 or something, but I suppose I was mistaken.
Well, in spite of all your “darkness,” Taylor, there’s a bright side: your 27th birthday is coming at some point and then you can be just like your idol Cobain, if that’s what you really want.
More photos of Taylor looking
ridiculous hardcore in the gallery.