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Taylor Momsen Looks Back at 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' 20 Years after the Movie Premiered

Laura Beatham
Dec 14, 2020
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Taylor Momsen reflected on her experiences in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" 20 years after the movie was premiered in an interview with Today.

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In an interview with Today, Taylor Momsen looked back on her experience as playing Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" 20 years later, and discussed what impact it made on her life.

Momsen played the character of Cindy Lou Who when she was just 7 years old. In the video interview, she explained how much fun she had had on the set, making note of how much she had enjoyed doing her own stunts in the film.

Taylor Momsen attends the iHeart Radio Music Festival on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. |Photo: Getty Images

Taylor Momsen attends the iHeart Radio Music Festival on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. |Photo: Getty Images

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Momsen explained that she views Cindy is an optimistic and "kind-hearted soul" who wanted to make Whoville a better place, by including everyone - especially the grumpy and mean Grinch, played by Jim Carrey.

She shared a few behind the scenes secrets of the movie, including that her face had been too small for the prosthetic that all the other Whoville citizens wore, and so a line was written in to explain why she did not have the iconic look,

"I was too young to actually wear the prosthetics so they wrote a line into the film, she hasn’t even grown into her nose yet."

Taylor Momsen at the Toy Fair Whobilation celebrating the the upcoming release of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" in New York, December 2000. | Photo: Getty Images

Taylor Momsen at the Toy Fair Whobilation celebrating the the upcoming release of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" in New York, December 2000. | Photo: Getty Images

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She shared too, that it had been the first time she had ever worn a wig and fake eyelashes, which is, of course, the signature of Cindy Lou Who's character. She also had to wear fake teeth to get the perfect "Who" look.

Momsen had to attend "Who School" to learn how to do the stunts properly, she mentioned she had to do most of her stunts herself. The "Who Bootcamp" included all the safety protocols and how to fall through a trap door.

Her band has just released a new song "Death by Rock and Roll" and plans to release their new and fourth album in February next year.

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She has left the acting scene behind her now, after her run on "Gossip Girl." She has a band called "Pretty Reckless" and she credited finding her love for music to her first experience at a recording studio during the filming of Grinch.

She opened up in the interview and shared that after recording "Where Are You Christmas" she knew she wanted to make music for the rest of her life as she had loved the recording studio, she explained,

"It was such an impactful moment in my life, it made me go I wanna make music for the rest of my life, I love being in the recording studio."

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Momsen shared what she has been doing with her life this year. Her band has just released a new song "Death by Rock and Roll" and plans to release their new and fourth album in February next year.

She said the album feels like a rebirth as the band has been through a lot in the last couple of years, describing that they had "lost everything" and had to "start from scratch and relearn."

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Besides Cindy Lou, Momsen's acting credits include playing Jenny Humphrey on "Gossip Girl". She played the ambitious fashionista little sister for 4 out of the 6 seasons because she wanted to focus on her music career.

She and her band released their debut album in 2010, called "Light Me Up" and was grateful that the producers and writers of the show agreed to write her gradually out during the fourth season.

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