Cindy Lou Who From ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Is All Grown Up & Unrecognizable

It’s Dec. 12, guys!! You know what that means… we’re only three days away from the release of !!!! Wait, sorry. Wrong article. We’re only 13 days away from Christmas!!!! Better. And what better Christmas tradition is there than to watch all of the best Christmas movies with your fam? I don’t know about you guys, but in my book, the greatest Christmas movie of all time is Jim Carrey’s . But other than Jim Carrey, do you remember who was in the cast? Pictures of Cindy Lou Who from then vs. now will seriously blow your mind.

Our girl Cindy Lou Who was played by Taylor Momsen. She was just 7 years old when she starred in . She’s 24 now, and if her name isn’t familiar to you, then her face probably is. And not because of , but because she played Jenny Humphrey on . Yup, Little J was once Cindy Lou Who, and now Cindy Lou Who/Little J is the lead singer of a rock band called The Pretty Reckless.

Here’s Taylor Momsen as you know her in :

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Here she is as Jenny Humphrey in the early days of :

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And here’s what Taylor Momsen looks like now:

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Yeah, Cindy Lou Who is a straight-up rockstar.

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While Momsen is committed to her music career nowadays, she still gives shout outs to her acting past from time to time, like this one time in 2015 when she addressed and the internet freaked out.

In her tweet, she said, “It’s that time of year again… happy holidays everyone, 2016 will be filled with new music,” and she included the video of her singing “Where Are You Christmas?”

When it comes to her time on , however, she doesn’t have as fond memories. By the time Jenny Humphrey was written off the show, Momsen had been committed to making her music whenever she wasn’t filming. In a 2013 interview with Flare, Momsen said,

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For the 10-year anniversary of , the show’s creators did an interview with Vulture where they revealed behind-the-scenes secrets about the beloved CW show. In the interview, they revealed Jenny Humphrey’s character arc and massive change in look was due to Taylor Momsen’s life outside of . In case you forgot (or have never seen ), Jenny Humphrey originally became the new Blair Waldorf (basically the queen bee) at their fictional school in Manhattan. Her fashion choices heavily reflected Blair’s, but later in the show, Humphrey’s look started to evolve into more of a Courtney Love look. Joshua Safran, one of the show’s creators, says that wasn’t where they wanted Jenny to go, but it’s where she ended up going because of Momsen. Safran said, “I would say Jenny’s transformation to a darker character wouldn’t have happened had Taylor wanted to be Jenny.” Yikes. He continued,

Taylor Momsen on be like:


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