You might know seventeen year old Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey, Gossip Girl’s good girl turned bad, but she’s expanded her horizons beyond the screen and onto the stage with her band The Pretty Reckless. Their debut album, Light Me Up hit #1 on the UK Rock charts, and the music video for their single “Make Me Wanna Die” stirred up some controversy when it showed under-aged Momsen stripping to her underwear.
Beyond the controversy, and Momsen’s often critiqued risque outfits, The Pretty Reckless has been on an international tour. They return to the States for their August 6th show at Chicago’s Lollapalooza.
It seems like Taylor, you take on a few different personas throughout some of the songs on Light Me Up- does your experience with acting come through into the music?
I consider my music and acting two different and separate entities. With acting I’m playing a role, while music is an expression of myself. The best way for fans to experience the real me is through my music.
How do you feel about getting so much attention for what you’re wearing?
I don’t pay attention, what I wear isn’t for everybody but it is for me.
Do you remember your first performance as a band?
Yes! It was exciting… we had been practicing our set together for a few weeks prior to the performance, but nothing gives you the rush of a live performance in front of an audience!
You’ve been on tour for a year now- did you ever have one moment where it hit you “this is real- this is what I do”?
I never take a day on tour for granted. For me, touring is the most fun a band can have – you’re on the road with your bandmates and crew who become your family, playing shows to crowds, seeing new places and meeting new people.
What’s the best part of being on the road so much? The worst part?
Best part – everything. Tour family, playing in front of fantastic crowds, meeting fans. Worst part – honestly don’t think there is one! I love touring!
Who’s the most interesting person you’ve met on the road?
This is a tough question, we have met a lot of people but we recently played download festival in the UK and I got to hang out with Rob Zombie.
Musician (dead or alive) you’d kill to collaborate with?
What’s next for you? Is the second album currently in the works?
I like to keep my focus on the present, and presently I’m still deep in Light Me Up. We are currently in Europe doing a bunch of incredible festivals and headline shows then come back to the states to play Lollapalooza. We also have Australian and Japanese dates coming up soon… and possibly a new tour announcement soon for the USA!!!