Taylor Schilling

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Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling at Paley Fest Orange Is The New Black.jpg
Schilling at The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring Orange Is The New Black
Born (1984-07-27) July 27, 1984 (age 30)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Education Fordham University
New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Taylor Schilling (born July 27, 1984) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Piper Chapman on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, for which she won the 2013 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014. She made her film debut in the 2007 drama Dark Matter, alongside Meryl Streep. Schilling also starred as Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the short-lived NBC medical drama Mercy (2009–10), Christine Mendez in Argo (2012), and Beth Green in The Lucky One (2012).

Early life[edit]

Schilling was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Patricia (née Miller), an MIT administrator, and Robert J. Schilling, a former prosecutor.[1] She grew up in West Roxbury and Wayland, splitting time between her divorced parents.[2] 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.[3]

After graduating from Wayland High School in 2002,[4] 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.[2][5] 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.[6]

Schilling won the Emerson College Playwright's Festival Outstanding Performance Award.[5] She portrayed Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011),[7] and co-starred with Zac Efron in the romantic drama film The Lucky One (2012). She currently 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.[8] For her work on the show, Schilling was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama[9] and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dark Matter Jackie
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Dagny Taggart
2012 The Lucky One Beth Green
2012 Argo Christine Mendez
2013 Stay Abbey
2014 The Overnight Emily Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 Mercy Veronica Flanagan Callahan 22 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Piper Chapman 25 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (with Zac Efron) The Lucky One Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Romance Nominated
Hollywood Film Festival Best Cast Argo Won
2013 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Orange Is the New Black Won
Best Cast – Television Series Won
Webby Awards Best Actress Won
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Satellite Awards[11] Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Pending
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Pending


  1. ^ "Taylor Schilling is truly ‘The Lucky One - The Mercury". Pottsmerc.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Curt Brown (May 6, 2009). "Mercy! Daughter of New Bedford lawyer lands lead role in NBC drama". SouthCoastToday.com. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Schilling Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "A Taylor-made career for Wayland 'Lucky One' star". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Mercy: Cast Bios: Taylor Schilling". NBC. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Taylor Schilling and Liz Heldens Talk Mercy". Movie Web. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (June 14, 2010). "Cameras roll on 'Atlas'". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 30, 2012). "Taylor Schilling To Star In Jenji Kohan’s Netflix Series ‘Orange Is The New Black’". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Taylor Schilling 1 Nomination". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "66th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Satellite Awards (2014)". International Press Academy. IPA. pressacademy.com. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 

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