Jennifer Momsen

Jennifer Momsen Net Worth – Facts About the Actress

Momsen is a biology professor at North Dakota State University. Her specialty course, General Biology II, typically enrolls 135 students per section and meets on campus every semester.

Her manageable list of standards keeps grading manageable; flexible due dates and automatic reassessments keep students’ work honest while reducing extra grading; and permanent groups help her provide targeted formative feedback to individual students.

Early Life and Education

Momsen began acting at three, appearing in a Shake ‘n Bake commercial. Her film debut came in 1999 in The Prophet’s Game; but Momsen really made an impression as Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000. Additionally, Hansel & Gretel, Spy Kids 2 and Saving Shiloh feature among many other credits she has.

She is best-known for her role as Jenny Humphrey on CW’s Gossip Girl from 2007-2010, in which she performed for four seasons. Additionally, she was lead vocalist of rock band The Pretty Reckless from 2007 until 2010.

Momsen was raised in St. Louis and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School where she took ballet classes. Her ancestry is Russian and she has an actor sister named Sloane whom she looks up to for guidance and inspiration.

Professional Career

Momsen made her acting debut in 2000 as Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Alexandra Anami in Spy Kids 2. Subsequently, she went on to appear as Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl for four seasons and currently fronts rock band The Pretty Reckless.

She has appeared in several films and television roles, such as Saving Shiloh (2006) and Paranoid Park – where she held both lead and supporting roles – she auditioned for Miley Cyrus’ role in Hannah Montana but ultimately settled for being second runner-up (something which now makes her proud).

Momsen currently teaches courses on biology education research and principles of college STEM teaching at North Dakota State University, finding great pleasure in seeing her students learn and create. Momsen specializes in General Biology II – an course which emphasizes biological information flow, exchange and storage with roughly 135 students typically enrolling.

Achievement and Honors

Momsen is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, and her distinctive raspy voice has long been at the heart of The Pretty Reckless’ music. Her personal experiences and emotions come through strongly in their lyrics.

Momsen was an overnight sensation after playing Cindy Lou Who opposite Jim Carrey in How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000. While she rose to stardom through this role, it didn’t help with her social life and was constantly teased by classmates. Momsen shared this experience during an interview on Penn Badgley’s Podcrushed podcast.

Momsen has also dabbled in modeling; she was chosen as the face of Madonna fashion line Material Girl in 2010. Additionally, she has appeared in several magazine editorials and advertising campaigns; furthermore she is known for being an active philanthropist.

Personal Life

Momsen is the younger sister of actor Connor Paolo and daughter of director Michael and actress Collette Momsen, making her non-religious Catholic upbringing evident by attending Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and Herbert Hoover Middle School both located in Potomac, Maryland, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting careers.

She began appearing in small roles in films like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Hansel and Gretel before landing her breakthrough role on Gossip Girl as Jenny Humphrey for four seasons before departing to pursue music career with punk band Pretty Reckless.

Momsen recently reunited with Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl on his SiriusXM podcast Podcrushed, where she spoke candidly about their time on the series. Watch a clip below!

Net Worth

Momsen’s extensive acting and music ventures have contributed significantly to her net worth. Appearing on numerous magazine covers and partnering with fashion lines have further added to her wealth.

At age three, she made her acting debut in a commercial for Shake N’ Bake, with her breakthrough role coming in 2000 with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Additionally she is best known for playing Cindy Lou Who in the live-action remake of original film; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel; and Alexandra in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams.

As lead singer of The Pretty Reckless, she has earned critical acclaim and significant income. Her seductive yet rebellious persona contributes to building an influential and distinct brand for herself.

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