"In this world, everyone wants to know everything about you, and I think that's funny," she says, propping one elbow on the table and waving off the rumors with a raised hand. People speculate a lot about me, saying there's something else that's really the truth...." She trails off, looks kind of sad, and bows her head.
"My mom lived through a lot before I was born, and I can't judge her on that," Leighton says.
"She and my dad are good people." Then she rolls her eyes, obviously used to telling this story, and smiles.
While Jenny’s innocence was always going to end up being compromised by her social-climbing tendencies, Momsen’s off-screen punk rock transformation and work with her band, the Pretty Reckless, took things a little further than the writers had planned. I don't think anybody did,” GG casting director David Rapport told Buzzfeed of Jenny's character arc.
By Season 2, Jenny’s raccoon-eyed bad attitude had become her defining character trait, and Momsen’s personal life—including allegations of unprofessional behavior (more on that below)—spilled over into storylines in ways that sometimes worked, and sometimes… “Taylor actually read on tape and we cast her off tape, so we never had her here in person.
By the time she walks into La Bottega Caffe, near New York City's Meatpacking District, and settles in to the booth, we're braced for a throw-down. For starters, there's not a headband or haughty set of pearls in sight.
Leighton shows up makeup-free in retro Nike sneakers, skinny jeans, a black tank top, and...horn-rimmed glasses (are you picturing this? Clearly, she's not going out of her way to project an intimidating image on us or the customers doing double-takes as they walk by.And it’s a new feeling, and it’s something that I wanna keep going with.I can walk a little taller feeling that I don’t have to be constantly apologizing for the work that I’ve done in the past.” Ouch.“Penn didn’t like being on in 2008.“In the book, she's kick-ass and has a shaved head and wears lots of black...Even though I don't like Vanessa's character, it's nothing against Jessica.Blake Lively and Penn Badgley weren’t the only couple whose on-screen romance became a real-life relationship—in fact, with the exception of Chace Crawford and Taylor Momsen, everybody in the main cast apparently hooked up with at least one co-star.