Taylor Schilling

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Taylor Schilling
Born (1984-07-27) July 27, 1984 (age 29)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Education Fordham University
New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
External images
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 appeared 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.

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.

Career[edit]

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, playing 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".[6] The show ran for one season from September 2009 to May 2010.

Schilling won the Emerson College Playwright's Festival Outstanding Performance Award.[5] She portrayed Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011),[7] and starred 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 of the same name. The show premiered on July 11, 2013.[8] For her work on the show, Schilling was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress[9] and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 Mercy Veronica Callahan 22 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Piper Chapman 25 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast - Television Series (shared with the cast of Orange Is the New Black)
Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Webby Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2012 The Lucky One Teen Choice Awards Choice Liplock (with Zac Efron) Nominated
2012 The Lucky One Teen Choice Awards Choice Romance Actress Nominated
2012 Argo Hollywood Film Festival Best Cast Won
2013 Orange Is the New Black Satellite Award Best Cast – Television Series Won
2013 Orange Is the New Black Satellite Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won
2013 Orange Is the New Black Webby Award Best Actress Won
2013 Orange Is the New Black Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated
2014 Orange Is the New Black Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taylor Schilling is truly ‘The Lucky One’ - The Mercury". Pottsmerc.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  2. ^ a b Curt Brown (2009-05-06). "Mercy! Daughter of New Bedford lawyer lands lead role in NBC drama". SouthCoastToday.com. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Schilling Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "A Taylor-made career for Wayland 'Lucky One' star". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Mercy: Cast Bios: Taylor Schilling". NBC. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Taylor Schilling and Liz Heldens Talk Mercy". Movieweb. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (2010-06-14). "Cameras roll on 'Atlas'". Variety. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  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 20 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "66th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 


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