The ''Gossip Girl'' star talks about her band Pretty Reckless and their debut single

By Tim Stack
Updated April 16, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Your band, the Pretty Reckless, has a song (”Make Me Wanna Die”) on the Kick-Ass soundtrack.
It’s a tragic love song. It’s Romeo and Juliet — can’t live without your lover so you die. It’s the Pretty Reckless’ first single. We just shot a video for it, but I don’t wanna say too much. It fits the song. It’s very dark.

How’s the album progressing?
It’s coming out this summer. We wrote it as a record, so every song is part of a bigger thing. I don’t know —I just want people to hear it!

Who would you say is your biggest musical inspiration?
The Beatles did everything first, and they did it the best.

How do you imagine juggling music and acting?
I’ve been acting since I was 2. I don’t dislike it by any means, but it’s a job to me. It can never be as personal as music, because you’re playing a character and saying someone else’s words. Music is who I am.

Your GG costar Leighton Meester is also trying to launch a music career. Ever talk about it?
No. I’m not really close with my cast. We’re all cordial and nice to each other, but we’re not really friends outside of the set. And we’re doing a different thing: She’s putting out a pop record, which is awesome.

I saw you perform in New York City last year, and you seemed to have forgotten to put on pants. What was up with that?
I don’t really like pants, man. I like tights. I’m not really a pants person.

You’re a rocker now — you can choose not to wear pants.
And I do! I choose not to wear pants.