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Blonde, sexy, smart and funny, these are some of the adjectives that we could use to describe Taylor Schilling. She is, unquestionably, one of the most popular actress of this 2013 thanks to her contribution to “Orange is the New Black“.
She was born in 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts, and she srtated study acting very soon. In 2007 she made her first appearance in the independent movie “Dark Matter“.
The movie, directed by Chen Shi-zheng, told the story of a young scientist whose rising star must confront the dark forces of politics, ego, and cultural insensitivity. Taylor played a supporting role, Jackie, but she had the opportunity to work next to Meryl Streep and Aidan Quinn, the main protagonists. The movie won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
Two years after this role, Taylor was chosen to portray Veronica Agnes Flanagan Callahan, the main protagonist of NBC medical drama “Mercy“. The series, created by Liz Heldens (Bionic Woman, Pepper Dennis), was formed by 22 episodes but it was canceled after just one season due to low raitings. It ran from September 23, 2009 to May 12, 2010.
During this experience, Taylor worked with other stars from television series like Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl), James Tupper (Men in Trees, Revenge), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland, The Black List), Guillermo Dìaz (Scandal) and James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek). The drama wasn’t a big hit but a lot of famous television faces appeared in it.
After this drama, Taylor was chosen in 2011 to portray the female protagonist, Dagny Taggart, in the first installment of “Atlas Shrugged” trilogy. Grant Bowler (True Blood, Defiance) was chosen as male protagonist, Henry Rearden, but both actors were later replaced by Samantha Mathis e Jason Beghe in the next chapter of the trilogy.
Unluckily the movie was a flop but the following year, the actress was chosen as main character, Beth Green, in the adaptation “The Lucky One” of the novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks.
She act with Zac Efron and the movie was a big hit, with 99,357,138 dollars grossed, even if the receptions weren’t very good. Thanks to this role, Taylor was nominated at the “Teen Choice Awards 2012” in the categories “Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock” and “Teen Choice Award for Choice Romance Actress“.
That same year, Taylor appeared in Ben Affleck‘s movie “Argo“. She portraiyed Christine Mendez, a supporting role during the film.
Thanks to this movie, Taylor had the opportunity to work next Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Tate Donovan, Clea DuValle and John Goodman and her popularity grown a lot.
In 2013 Taylor got her big chance. She was picked up by “Netflix” for its new series, “Orange is the New Black“. Based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the actress portrayed Piper Chapman, the main protagonist.
The drama was a big hit and it was renewed for a second season expected this summer. Thanks to her role, Taylor was nominated at the Satellite Awards in the category “Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy“, she was nominated for “Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama” at the Golden Globe Awards and she won the “Satellite Award for Best Cast (or Best Ensemble) – Television Series” with all the main cast of the series.
Taylor is definitely a talent actress with lot of potential and I think that, after her interpretation in “Orange is the New Black” she gained a lot of popularity because her portray of Piper is one of the best of the past 2013.