Originally a supporting player in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Cindy Lou has since been elevated to a significant role in the story’s 2000 and 2018 adaptations. She was a little girl of two years old, a resident of Whoville, and a minor character in the book. June Foray, who has since passed away, provided her voice in the 1966 animated special. Taylor Momsen played her in the filmed adaptation from the year 2000. Cameron Seely provides her voice in the 2018 film.
Cindy Lou in the show can be any age between six and twelve years old. She is the youngest of four children; her older siblings are Boo Who, Danny Who, Deema Lou Who, and Mary Anne Who. You may catch her debut in It’s The Thought, Who Likes Christmas, I Hate Christmas Eve and Whatchamo.
The other kids are all wearing red and white, but she stands out in her pink gown. When she sings Santa For A Day with the Grinch on Christmas Eve, she wakes up to find herself face to face with the Grinch. Each year in the winter, two young girls perform as her at the Olde Globe in San Diego. Vanessa Hudgens originated the role.
In 1966 in the book, she only met him when the Grinch stole Christmas from her house, including her tree. When she confronted him, he lied to her by saying he was fixing the tree, and she believed him and went back to bed. After the Grinch finally understands the true meaning of Christmas, he and his friends sit down to a festive meal.
Cindy Lou and the Grinch first met in the post office in the live-action adaptation, and they didn’t get along at first because the Grinch was rude and unfriendly, including in his appearance. Cindy thought about the others Whos only cared about presents, but she realized they were missing the point by focusing on them.
He did rescue her from the stamping machine, but he’d rather not say that the main reasons he did so were out of compassion and because his dog, Max, forced him to. Then, Cindy Lou inquires about the Grinch and quickly learns about his tragic history. In a later meeting at his home in Mt. Crumpit, Cindy Lou learned that the Grinch hates Christmas because of a traumatic event in his past. This upset the Grinch, but he eventually decided to attend the holiday party for Cindy’s sake. The film closes with the two of them celebrating Christmas together at the Grinch’s house, where the Whos (except the Mayor, who isn’t seen, and Max) are having a roast feast as the Grinch longs for it.
Cindy Lou cares deeply about her family but feels they are missing Christmas’s point by focusing on material things. She felt sorry for the Grinch after learning of his troubled past and witnessing firsthand how the Mayor and the other Whos had treated him with contempt. So, she decided to show Whoville’s residents (and the Grinch himself) the true meaning of Christmas by bringing him back to Whoville.
Her mother got separated from the group at the light contest, and the Grinch arrived late at the party, where he was having a good time and starting to warm up to the holiday spirit until the mayor gave him an electric shaver as a gift, bringing back painful memories of his elementary school teasing.
Then, after promising Martha a brand new car, May Who pops the question and asks her to marry him. To make the Whos feel too guilty about celebrating Christmas, the Grinch publicly criticizes them for valuing presents they will eventually throw away. The Grinch continues to wreck the celebration by setting fire to the Christmas tree with his improvised flamethrower, but his efforts are for naught because the Whos have a backup tree, which he witnesses being set up before he leaves.
The Grinch eventually returns to Whoville with Cindy and the presents after a long trip down Mount Crumpit. To May Who’s dismay, the Whos reconcile with him when he admits to the crime, apologizes for his behavior toward them, and turns himself into the police as they arrive. Martha declines May Who’s marriage proposal and instead chooses to remain with the Grinch. In his cave, the redeemed Grinch celebrates Christmas with the Whos.
Who Is Taylor Momsen?
Taylor Michel Momsen is a multi-talented American artist who has dabbled in acting, singing, songwriting, and modeling since her birth on July 26, 1993. She is most known for her roles as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and Jenny Humphrey on The CW’s adolescent drama series Gossip Girl before she retired (2007–2012). Since Pretty Reckless in 2009, Momsen has served as the band’s lead singer in the United States.
The city of St. Louis, Missouri, is where Momsen entered the world. She was born to Michael and Collette Momsen, and her sister, Sloane Momsen, is also an actor. The Russian heritage runs deep in her family tree. She has reared a Roman Catholic and went to both Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac, Maryland, but she doesn’t practice her faith any more. She attended the St. Louis Center for Creative Arts (COCA) to study ballet.
When Momsen was very young, she was signed by Ford Models “When I was 2 years old, my parents enrolled me in Ford. Even though no two-year-old voluntarily entered the workforce, I found myself in that position. I spent the better part of my life bouncing between several schools. Friendships were nonexistent for me.
There was no time for a personal life because I was always working.” She made her professional acting debut in a national Shake ‘n Bake commercial when she was just three years old, in 1997. After that, she got a role in The Prophet’s Game. Momsen’s name appears on the list of unclaimed Coogan accounts held for children in the performing arts whose earnings from their early years are required by law to be placed in a separate trust fund.
Momsen’s breakthrough role was as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, based on a story by Dr. Seuss, which she acted in 2000. She played Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and the President’s daughter, Alexandra, in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, both in 2002.
It took nearly three years for Momsen to land the leading role in a canceled WB series, Misconceptions. Shortly after, in 2006, she had an appearance in Saving Shiloh. She was also a finalist for the lead role in Hannah Montana, but Miley Cyrus was ultimately cast in part. This was a move that eventually made Momsen happy. She played the lead role of Molly in Walt Disney Pictures’ Underdog and Jennifer in Paranoid Park, both by director Gus Van Sant, in 2007.
Cindy Lou Then And Now
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey in a horrific Grinch suit and Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, the little girl with the wild hair who adores Christmas, debuted in theatres 20 years ago. Momsen is now 27, has retired from acting, and has nothing but fond recollections of her time on set. Momsen discussed her time on the set of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and her current projects in a recent interview with Today. Check out What the Little Girl from Those ’90s Pepsi Commercials Looks Like Now for an example of a former child star who has matured into an attractive young woman, then read on to learn about her own experience.
Momsen remarked, “I remember having a lot of fun on the set.” She talked about how she could conduct her stunts, such as tumbling through a trap door. To paraphrase, “When I was younger, I thought it was great fun to do all those things.” To top it all off, she thought Jim Carrey was great even when she was a kid. “He was always extremely thoughtful and caring, but also very thorough in his approach. Even at that tender age, I remember thinking, “Wow, I’m witnessing a true artist at work.”
Momsen claimed that the experience of filming the movie led her to discover her true passion: recording music, even though she did not appreciate several aspects of the production, such as wearing prosthetic teeth because she loathed the taste of the glue that held them in place. Momsen’s best on-set experience was working with late composer James Horner to record the song “Where Are You, Christmas?”
“I will never forget putting on headphones and singing into a microphone for the first time in this wonderful studio, with this pristine console in front of me,” Momsen added. “Having that realization—”I want to make music for the rest of my life”—was a pivotal moment for me. The recording studio is my happy place.”
After giving up acting when she was young, Momsen is now pursuing a career in music. Find out what happened to her after the Grinch, and if you want to learn more about Christmas movies, check out our list of the Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time.
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