Penn Badgley Defends 'Gossip Girl' Co-Star Taylor Momsen

Penn Badgley Defends 'Gossip Girl' Co-Star Taylor Momsen-photo

Taylor Momsen has taken a lot of heat lately. In recent months, the 17-year-old Gossip Girl actress-turned-rocker has been criticized for her seemingly inappropriate wardrobe. And her underage smoking. And her penchant for controversial remarks.

But there's at least one person willing to stand by the beleaguered thesp/singer: Her GG co-star, Penn Badgley.

Hollywood Life caught up with Badgley—who plays Dan Humphrey on the hit CW series—at the In Touch Weekly VMAs after-party on Sunday to get his take on his wild-child colleague. Badgley's response? She's just going through a phase:

“Taylor’s a teenager, and teenagers go through what they’re going to go through. It just so happens that she’s in the eye of the press, and I think that’s unfortunate, because everyone should be allowed to make their mistakes. I think it’s like, she’s 17. Give her time. She’s a really sweet girl, very smart, very talented. She’s just growing up.”

And as for Momsen's transition from actress to rock rebel? Badgley reckons that her music career, just like the rest of her, has plenty of legs:

"I saw her perform a year ago, but I haven’t seen her recently. She had a great presence [back then] and I think she’s very talented. She loves music, and as long as she’s doing what she loves, that’s something I respect.”

Just as long as she doesn't suffer from overexposure first. Which seems to be a distinct possibility.

Do you agree with Badgley's assessment of his castmate? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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  • Bubba ^^
    Bubba ^^

    yeah i agree.im 16 and im going through the exact same thing.anyway,taylor has the right to dress and act the way she wants.jeez,its a free country ><

  • fortyfour
    fortyfour

    I totally agreee with Penn, she's just going through a phase. Every one else on that show is over twenty, she's had to deal with not only their lives, but her televisual one aswell. And what she's said and done may ot be completely original, but at least it hasnt been done to death like the jonas brothers or miley cyrus. And her music is actually good.

  • n
    n

    Not a Jonas fan or Swift fan but since when does upholding morals mean your pretending to be someone else. I agree with 'JustSaying' that she might be a poser. She isnt saying or doing anything that hasnt been said or done before. It might all be an image issue. totally agree with u ,, i dont know since when u have to be bad to be real people are different some people are smart enough to learn from others mistakes and dont have to try the wrong thing to know right ,,( im not talkin about stayin away from sex till marrige im talkin about the whole attitude)

  • izzy
    izzy

    aww, he seems nice. LOLWUT

  • ENG Rose
    ENG Rose

    I agree with him in some sense! YEAH it is good that shes doing something she loves and there is no doubting she is both a talented actress and singer BUT!!!!!!! She can be all of the above without acting like a spoilt, over paid bratt! there is no need for the smoking, swearing and just general pathetic behaviour especially in the public eye! whether she likes it or not she is a role model to many teenagers! She needs to embrace this as its just part of her job....or maybe she should consider another occupation! im thinking a banker maybe !!

  • GiveMeABreak
    GiveMeABreak

    Let us reiterate....everything has been done before. Doesn't make her any less of a celebrity. Seriously, out of the celeb teens we have right now, she's the most original and can't be tied to all the selina, demi, and miley singers. she's different when compared to them. also remember that there aren't original ideas anymore. samething goes with gaga....she's taken her ideas collectively from a broad range of people. so i think it's pointless to call out anyone for lack of originality. Then why did you bother saying she was original in the first place when you just said she isnt original now? So you admit shes not original. Oh and the Disney kids arent the only teens out there.

  • cootiemonster
    cootiemonster

    Originality? Taylor? No. Everything she says/does had been done before. Let us reiterate....everything has been done before. Doesn't make her any less of a celebrity. Seriously, out of the celeb teens we have right now, she's the most original and can't be tied to all the selina, demi, and miley singers. she's different when compared to them. also remember that there aren't original ideas anymore. samething goes with gaga....she's taken her ideas collectively from a broad range of people. so i think it's pointless to call out anyone for lack of originality.

  • jettt
    jettt

    I respect Taylor,because unlike other teen-pop stars (Miley Cyrus) or whatever the f*ck,she's got some originality. Originality? Taylor? No. Everything she says/does had been done before.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    he's right! Taylor is a teenager and teenagers are rebellious! at last she is real and not acting like she is someone else like the jonas brothers and taylor swift do! she also doesn't act like having sex is bad like all those so called role models do! i mean really, which teenager wants to stay a virgin till they get married?? at least she isn't fake!!! Not a Jonas fan or Swift fan but since when does upholding morals mean your pretending to be someone else. I agree with 'JustSaying' that she might be a poser. She isnt saying or doing anything that hasnt been said or done before. It might all be an image issue.

  • Alex
    Alex

    he's right! Taylor is a teenager and teenagers are rebellious! at last she is real and not acting like she is someone else like the jonas brothers and taylor swift do! she also doesn't act like having sex is bad like all those so called role models do! i mean really, which teenager wants to stay a virgin till they get married?? at least she isn't fake!!!

  • JustSaying
    JustSaying

    shes a POSER

  • psychokittyd
    psychokittyd

    i agree with him, i think a lot of ppl go through that teenager phase where they like to act like they don't care abt anything, or that they try really hard to be different... or whatever. Cut the girl some slack.

  • annabannana56
    annabannana56

    I respect Taylor,because unlike other teen-pop stars (Miley Cyrus) or whatever the f*ck,she's got some originality.

  • ?
    ?

    he's right

 
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