July 27, 1984 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Taylor Schilling (born July 27, 1984) is an American actress. She starred as Nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the short-lived NBC medical drama Mercy (2009-2010). She later played Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), Beth Green in The Lucky One (2012); and Piper Chapman in the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black (2013–present).
Schilling was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Patricia "Tish" Miller, an MIT administrator, and Robert J. "Bob" Schilling, a former prosecutor, and grew up in West Roxbury and Wayland, splitting time between her divorced parents.
A fan of the NBC medical drama ER during her youth, Schilling began acting at a young age. She became active in her middle school's theater program when she appeared in a stage production of Fiddler on the Roof. After graduating from Wayland High School in 2002, she attended Fordham University's New York City campus at Lincoln Center, where she continued to take part in stage productions before earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. Schilling then entered the graduate program at New York University to continue her acting studies, but left after her second year to start auditioning. While she attempted to break into acting, Schilling supported herself by working as a nanny for a Manhattan-based family. Eventually, she made her feature film debut with a supporting role in the 2007 independent film Dark Matter.
In 2009, Schilling was selected to star in the NBC medical drama Mercy. Schilling played Nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan, a tough Iraq War veteran and former military nurse-turned-medical practitioner. Though she read for the part via video tape from New York City, the show's creator and executive producer Liz Heldens and her husband were impressed with Schilling and flew her out to Los Angeles to audition for the role. In Heldens' words, "she just blew the doors off the audition". Prior to this experience, Schilling had only one screen credit to her resumè at the time. The show ran for one season from September 23, 2009 to May 12, 2010.
In 2011, Schilling portrayed Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged, the film adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel of the same name. In 2012. Schilling co-starred opposite Zac Efron, in the romantic drama film The Lucky One, which was based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.
Schilling signed on to star as the main character, Piper Chapman, in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, based on the Piper Kerman memoir of the same name. The show premiered on July 11, 2013.
|2011||Atlas Shrugged: Part I||Dagny Taggart|
|2012||The Lucky One||Beth Green||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock (with Zac Efron)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Romance Actress
|2012||Argo||Christine Mendez||Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Cast|
|2009–2010||Mercy||Nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan||22 episodes|
|2013–present||Orange Is the New Black||Piper Chapman||13 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Pending—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Pending—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
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