Taylor Momsen Recalls ‘Complicated’ Exit From ‘Gossip Girl’ 

Taylor Momsen Talks Leaving Gossip Girl
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Lil J was “banned” from Manhattan by Blair Waldorf, however Taylor Momsen left Gossip Lady throughout season 4 on her personal accord.

“[Acting] was a childhood factor that I received put into at 2 years previous. I wasn’t making my very own selections then. Actually, as quickly as I received to an age the place I may make my very own selections, it was like a click on,” Momsen, 30, mentioned through the Wednesday, September 6, episode of former TV sibling Penn Badgley’s “Podcrushed” podcast. “I wakened one morning and went, ‘Wait a second. I don’t have to do that? I don’t have to do that different job? I can simply play in my band and tour and write songs? I can simply try this?’”

She continued: “Granted, just a little extra sophisticated to get out of a tv present than that, however the reply was sure. Like, you may simply try this. I’ve the flexibility to create my life how I need to stay it. … It was like a light-weight bulb went off.”

Momsen, who rose to fame enjoying Cindy Lou Who in 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, landed the function of Dan Humphrey’s (Badgley) youthful sister on the age of 12. She was billed as a sequence common for 4 seasons, however made much less appearances throughout season 4 after Momsen’s Jenny went to stay full-time along with her mother in upstate New York after an affair with Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick). In actual life, Momsen formally departed the drama in season 5 to go on tour along with her Fairly Reckless band, by which she nonetheless serves because the lead singer.

“I uprooted and adjusted my life in a single day,” she recalled of wanting to depart Gossip Lady behind. “[Production] went, ‘Nicely, we will’t allow you to out of your deal, however we will write you out of the present, so you may go on tour. You possibly can’t act in anything, although.’”

Taylor Momsen Talks Leaving Gossip Girl

Taylor Momsen and Penn Badgley on the set of ‘Gossip Lady’
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Momsen — who defined that music all the time gave her “solace” to search out herself when she struggled to slot in at college and on set — proclaimed to the TV executives that their phrases have been “wonderful” as a result of she “wasn’t making an attempt” to pursue extra performing jobs. “They actually allowed me to comply with my dream, and I’m endlessly grateful and grateful to them for that,” she added.

Momsen in the end returned for the Gossip Lady sequence finale, making a short cameo within the final scene throughout Dan and Serena’s (Blake Full of life) marriage ceremony ceremony. One in every of The Fairly Reckless’ songs additionally appeared within the episode.

Wednesday’s podcast episode, which was filmed earlier than the SAG-AFTRA strike, marked the primary time that Momsen and Badgley, 36, have reunited since filming the season 6 finale, which dropped in December 2012.

“I simply bear in mind our scenes being very nice as a result of there was an precise household vibe,” Badgley gushed through the podcast interview. “Particularly as a father now — I’ve a 14-year-old and a 2-and-a-half-year-old — so, like, [Taylor’s] presence introduced what I get now as a father … which is if you usher in kids, it simply brings one thing very constructive to an area.”

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Badgley — who shares son James with spouse Domino Kirke and coparents her eldest son from a earlier marriage — added that he tried to be “actually mature” and “trustworthy” whereas working with a teenaged Momsen. The “Gentle Me Up” singer concurred, noting that they “all the time had enjoyable” on set.

“By the tip, we didn’t actually work collectively,” Badgley added. “You have been off doing loopy [story lines].”

Taylor Momsen Talks Leaving Gossip Girl

Penn Badgley and Taylor Momsen
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After Momsen identified that she was “off being a drug seller” — referring to her transient friendship with Agnes Andrews (Willa Holland) in season 2 — throughout her later seasons, it caught Badgley off-guard.

“You have been a drug seller?” Badgley quipped, as Momsen identified that she’s “by no means” watched Gossip Lady again. “That sounds type of acquainted. [Were] you a mule? … Oh, Jenny Humphrey, you burned brilliant like a meteor.”

Gossip Lady, which additionally starred Full of life, Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford, is at present streaming on Max.