Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen has shared the tough side of playing Cindy Lou Who in the popular Christmas film How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The 30-year-old star revealed she was “relentlessly” teased after portraying the sweet, blonde-haired, blue-eyed character, and discussed how the role affected her life following the movie’s release.
On SiriusXM’s Podcrushed podcast, Taylor confessed that her role as Cindy Lou in The Grinch altered her life in many ways, including being made fun of non-stop.
She bravely admitted: “One of them being I was made fun of relentlessly.”
In a chat with Penn Badgley, her co-star from Gossip Girl and YOU, Taylor further explained that making friends was always difficult for her, especially after the film was released in 2000.
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She said: “Every time I would start a new school or go somewhere else, I don’t even think the kids knew my name. I was just Grinch Girl.”
Taylor remembered: “Not even the character name, just ‘Grinch girl.’ I got used to it, but it was alienating.”
As a shy and “socially awkward” schoolgirl, Taylor winnily confessed to launching her first band in middle school.
Talking on a podcast, she shared: “I put a band together. It was my first band, my middle-school band, a garage band.
“We never could settle on a name. But we would jam after school, and that was always fun. I was singing, playing guitar, writing.”
After her gig in The Grinch as a youngster, Taylor scooped up the famed role of Jenny Humphrey in hit teen drama Gossip Girl from 2007 to 2012.
Since 2009, she’s rocked as the front-woman for American band the Pretty Reckless.
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