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Pretty Reckless backstage @Palooza

| August 10, 2011

As an actress, Taylor Momsen could have remained involved in high visibility projects like “Gossip Girl,” where she played the character Jenny Humphrey. Instead, Momsen opted to pursue a music career as frontwoman of The Pretty Reckless, an act aiming for a polished, Celebrity Skin-era Hole approach. The group’s debut effort, Light Me Up, dropped in 2010, and Momsen & co. performed in support of the album at this past weekend’s Lollapalooza, where the frontwoman also found time to speak to IE.

IE: Obviously you’ve been involved in the performing arts all your life. How does a music career compare to the other media and performance projects that you’ve been involved in?
: There is no comparison, music’s everything. It’s all I want to do for the rest of my life, and, pretty much, I think we got a good thing, so, we’re excited.

IE: Have you brought anything from your acting background into The Pretty Reckless?
: Not really, they’re kind of completely two separate entities. Music is, it’s self-expression, I’m singing my own words, we wrote the songs, so it’s not — I mean, there’s an element of performing onstage, but you’re not seeing a character or anything.

IE: Is that something you’re more in favor of, being expressive of who you truly are vs. playing someone else’s written character?
: Yes.

– Jaime de’Medici

Read the full version in the forthcoming September issue of Illinois Entertainer.

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