Taylor Michel Momsen is an American actress and musician. She is known for portraying the character of Jenny Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl and Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She fronts the rock band The Pretty Reckless. In 2000, Momsen played the role of Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, her breakout role. In 2002, she was given the role of Gretel in the motion picture: Hansel and Gretel, as well as Alexandra, the President's daughter, in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams. In 2007 she starred in the Walt Disney Pictures film Underdog, as Molly and as Jennifer in the movie Paranoid Park, directed by
Gus Van Sant. n June 2008, at the age of fourteen, Momsen signed to IMG Models.Taylor was the face of British fashion chain New Look for its spring/summer 2010 collection
Momsen's career came to a halt for over three years until she received a lead role in the WB series Misconceptions. Also at this time, Momsen appeared in the 2006 film Saving Shiloh. She also auditioned for the title role in Hannah Montana, and was in the top three, but the role was instead awarded to Miley Cyrus
Taylor Momsen was born on July 26, 1993. she has a younger sister, Sloane Momsen, who is also an actress. She studied dance at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis. She began acting professionally at three years of age in a 1997 national commercial for Shake 'n Bake.