July 27, 1984 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
New York University
|Schilling in April 2012|
Taylor Schilling (born July 27, 1984) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Piper Chapman in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present). Taylor made her film debut on Dark Matter (2007), where she starred alongside Meryl Streep. She has also starred as Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the short-lived NBC medical drama Mercy (2009–2010), Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), Christine Mendez in Argo (2012), and Beth Green in The Lucky One (2012).
For her role in Orange Is the New Black, she has won the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and has been nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Schilling was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Patricia (née Miller), an MIT administrator, and Robert J. Schilling, a former prosecutor. She grew up in West Roxbury and Wayland, splitting time between her divorced parents. A fan of the NBC medical drama ER during her youth, she 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, Schilling attended Fordham University's campus at Lincoln Center, where she continued to take part in stage productions before earning her Bachelor of Arts in 2006. She 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, she supported herself by working as a nanny for a Manhattan-based family.
Schilling made her feature film debut with a supporting role in the independent film Dark Matter (2007). In 2009, she was selected to star in the NBC medical drama Mercy, as Nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan, a tough Iraq War veteran and former military nurse-turned-medical practitioner. Reading for the part via videotape from New York City, she impressed the show's creator and executive producer, Liz Heldens, who then flew her out to Los Angeles to audition for the role. In Heldens' words, "she just blew the doors off the audition". The show ran for one season from September 2009 to May 2010.
Schilling won the Emerson College Playwright's Festival Outstanding Performance Award. She portrayed Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), and co-starred with Zac Efron in the romantic drama film The Lucky One (2012). She stars as Piper Chapman in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, based on the Piper Kerman memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. The show premiered on July 11, 2013. For her work on the show, Schilling was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014.
|2011||Atlas Shrugged: Part I||Dagny Taggart|
|2012||The Lucky One||Beth Green|
|2009–2010||Mercy||Veronica Flanagan Callahan||22 episodes|
|2013–present||Orange Is the New Black||Piper Chapman||25 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Webby Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Awards and nominations
|2012||The Lucky One||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Liplock (with Zac Efron)||Nominated|
|Choice Romance Actress||Nominated|
|Argo||Hollywood Film Festival||Best Cast||Won|
|2013||Orange Is the New Black||Satellite Award||Best Cast – Television Series||Won|
|Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Won|
|Webby Award||Best Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Pending|
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