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Gossip Girl star reveals she was mocked over her Grinch role

taylor momsen, a young woman stands looking at the camera, she has long blonde hair worn down in loose waves, heavy black eye makeup and wears a short black dress
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Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen has opened up about the impact her role in the 2000 Jim Carrey film The Grinch had on her life — and it wasn't always positive.

In a new interview with Penn Badgley's Podcrushed Podcast, Momsen, who quit Gossip Girl after playing Jenny Humphrey, explained that her role as Cindy Lou Who led to her being mocked and teased by classmates at school.

"First of all, The Grinch changed my life in a multitude of ways — one of them being I was made fun of relentlessly. Every time I would start a new school or go somewhere else, I don't even think the kids knew my name. I was just Grinch Girl," Momsen said.

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"Not even the character name [Cindy Lou Who], just Grinch Girl. I got used to it, but it was alienating," she continued.

Momsen went on to explain that the teasing continued throughout her school experiences as she was moved around to multiple different schools. She explained that it wasn't until middle school that she finally developed her own friendship group.

"That was the first year where I was in school, and I had the opportunity to try and actually make friends," she said.

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"I put a band together. It was my first band, my middle-school band, a garage band. We never could settle on a name. But we would jam after school, and that was always fun. I was singing, playing guitar, writing."

The Grinch has been a beloved film for years now, with the movie even leading to fan theories 23 years after the picture was released. Meanwhile, The Grinch will have its first-ever live concert in the UK later this year.

Those wanting a more adult experience, however, can watch The Mean One — the first horror movie about Dr. Seuss' character.

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