The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen Talks Music, Posing for Playboy and Being on the Fast Track to Charlie Sheenville. – Interview

The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen is one of the biggest sensations working today. Momsen has been criticized for her choice of clothing and flashing her breasts but the one thing you’ll never hear criticism about is the band’s level of musical talent.

The Pretty Reckless’ debut album, “Light Me Up,” debuted at number two on iTunes and the excitement surrounding the band doesn’t seem to be slowing down. I recently sat down with Momsen to talk about the album, posing for Playboy and her rock star personality.

Q – Thank you, Taylor, for doing this. Congrats on the album debuting at number two on iTunes. What did debuting that high on the charts do for the band’s confidence?

A - Hmm, I'm not sure it affected any confidence we have, but it’s exciting to know people are listening.

Q – I really love the album and especially enjoy that the music and lyrics are adult oriented despite you being 17-years-old. When writing the songs and recording the album, “Light Me Up,” was there ever any concern that the edgy lyrics would receive criticism from younger fans that watched you on “Gossip Girl?”

A - Thank you! We really didn't think of it like that, we just wrote and recorded songs.

Q – You’ve received a lot of criticism for your rock star personality. You’ve flashed the crowd, your outfits aren’t “suited” for a teenager, and I heard you wanted to film the video for “Make Me Wanna Die” nude. Is the rock star Taylor Momsen like the non-rocker? How much is for show and how much is the real deal?

A - We're pretty much the same person minus the shoes.

Q – What do you say to those who think Taylor Momsen is too much of a bad girl and is on the fast track to Charlie Sheenville?

A – It’s better than the slow track; traveling can get tiring.

Q - You’ll be 18 in July 2011. If Playboy comes calling, will you pose?

A - I was at the mansion last week and took some pictures. Does that count?

Q – Do you have plans to go back into acting or is music your future?

A - I will always be in music; who knows what the future holds?

Q – Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything wanted to add?

A - Thank you! We'll be on tour in the U.S. and all over the world; check it out.

Read the review of “Light Me Up,” here: "Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless' 'Light Me Up' is better than Momsen's flash." – Music Review.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at
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