If you have followed my blog for any length at time, it’s probably been brought to your attention that both Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh is a master on-screen-teen-crying…and that this is something I am fascinated by. Well Brenda, I think someone has taken the reigns for the next generation. It is none other than Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl.
Taylor Momsen has every right to take the reigns from Shannen Doherty. Like Shannen Doherty her personal like ‘drama’,..or more so..being young and snarky in the public eye, overshadows her tv drama. Its been 20 years since Brenda Walsh first graced our televisions with her red-eyes/snotty-nosed/wet-cheeked presence. Jenny Humphrey, or affectionately/hatefully called “Little J” , brings in teen tv crying into the next century with style & bite. She is not just crying for us about break-ups from high school loves…her priorities and successes/failures lie elsewhere . She is crying for utter social destruction, for losing her virginity to an asshole (not her boyfriend/or exboyfriend), for falling from the social graces of NYC elite circles…and for her flaws being flaunted across the internet via gossip blogs. To top it off, she does all this with some damn awesome runny-eyeliner creating a racoon-eyed teen cry tragedy. Could we really ask for anything more?
Jenny Humphrey/Taylor Momsen…you truly deserve to take over the reigns of Teen Queen of TV Tears…and I thank you for that. Please enjoy the following examples.
While Little J may currently be on hiatus from Gossip Girl, I expect that when she comes back it will be with a vengeance of tears….just how I like it.