Taylor Momsen’s acting days are over. She’s committing herself solely to her music. Her stint on Gossip Girl was the last we saw of her acting skills and since then it’s been full time gothic, rebellious, flashing chaos. For such a young thing (17) she’s certainly playing the grown up role in the real world, isn’t she?
Momsen sat down with ELLE to talk about the tour and her plans for the future (sans acting)… here are a few excerpts:
ELLE: How was your first-ever show in Japan?
Taylor Momsen: It was amazing, it was awesome. [The audience] surpassed expectations, it was fantastic. Everyone put their hands up at the end, it was such a massive crowd and it was so wide, it’s an awesome photo—we take one at every show and that was a particularly massive audience, so that was really awesome. But the whole show was fantastic, it was really fun.
ELLE: Tokyo summers are brutal—did you pack for the tour with the heat and humidity in mind?
TM: Um…I don’t think we do anything differently. I wore a dress that’s made out of straps [laughs while pointing at her outfit].
ELLE: Where did you get it?
TM: I actually don’t know, I found it at a little boutique in London. Honestly, most of my clothes I’ve had for a long time, or a lot of it is vintage and I modify it and change it. So I kind of wear the same things over and over, variations of them. Along the way [on tour I might] buy something cool; if not, I’ve got a plethora of versions of the same things.
ELLE: OK—what about beauty essentials that you always bring with you on the road?
TM: Our tour manager gives the f*****g best neck massages! We learned that today [laughs]. We’ve only been on tour with him for three years now, he decides today to go like [pinches fingers], and I’m like, ‘Woah! Dude!’
ELLE: What are your favorite spots in Tokyo to visit?
TM: The Kill Bill restaurant [Gonpachi], we went there and that was awesome. I mean, I love Kill Bill so that was pretty cool to see where he got his inspiration and pretty much duplicate the restaurant.
ELLE: What’s the plan after Summer Sonic?
TM: We’re on tour forever! We’re actually starting a tour with Evanescence in the fall in the US, it goes all around the US and then around Europe—the UK, Germany—so that’s really exciting. That’s for the next couple of months, so we’re pretty much on the road until at least 2012. And then it will continue!
ELLE: Do you prefer writing, recording, or performing music?
TM: I love it all. They’re all very different: Writing is a very tortuous process, but, you know, I would say one of the most rewarding at the end; I love recording, it’s a completely different mindset from being on tour. But anytime you have an opportunity to play music, whether it’s in the studio or on the road, it’s the best thing in the world.
ELLE: And any acting projects planned?
TM: I quit acting, actually. I quit Gossip Girl and now tour and am in a band and that’s pretty much all I want to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to only do that for the rest of my life.
What do you guys think? Is Taylor Momsen better off on stage than in front of the set cameras? Will you be buying the next album from the Pretty Reckless?