The cast of Gossip Girl, over a decade on.

In September 2023, Momsen sat down with her on-screen big brother Penn Badgley to talk all things Gossip Girl. 

On Podcrushed, the former child actor spoke about how her career was something she’d been forced to. Even Gossip Girl, in which she started acting when she was 12.

“It was a childhood thing that I got put into at two years old. I wasn’t making my own choices then,” she said of acting. 

“Literally, as soon as I got to an age where I could make my own decisions, it was like a click… I woke up one morning and went, ‘Wait a second. I don’t have to do this? I don’t have to do this other job? I can just play in my band and tour and write songs? I can just do that?’

“Granted, a little more complicated to get out of a television show than that, but the answer was yes.”

With that, she said she “uprooted and changed my life overnight”, with the help of the makers and writers behind Gossip Girl.

“They went, ‘Well, we can’t let you out of your deal, but we can write you out of the show, so you can go on tour,'” Momsen recalled. “They really allowed me to follow my dream, and I’m forever grateful and thankful to them for that.”

Feature Image: The CW.

This post was originally published on September 23, 2020, and has since been updated with new information.