Taryn Manning

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Taryn Manning
Taryn Manning at Paley Fest Orange Is The New Black crop.png
Manning at PaleyFest 2014, representing Orange Is the New Black
Born (1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 38)
Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Singer-songwriter, actress, fashion designer
Musical career
Genres Pop, alternative rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Dreamworks, Little Vanilla
Associated acts Boomkat, Mystic, Butch Walker, will.i.am

Taryn Manning (born November 6, 1978) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and fashion designer. Manning made her film debut in the teen drama Crazy/Beautiful (2001), followed by a lead part opposite Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002), which garnered her mainstream attention. She then appeared in 8 Mile (2002), White Oleander (2002), A Lot Like Love (2005) and Hustle & Flow (2005). Manning has also had a main role on Hawaii Five-0 and had recurring roles in television on Sons of Anarchy, and plays the role of Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.

Manning is the vocalist for the electronic duo Boomkat, and is also a co-owner of the clothing brand Born Uniqorn.[1]

Early life[edit]

Taryn Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia,[2] the daughter of Bill Manning, a musician, and his wife, Sharyn Louise (White).[3] Manning's parents divorced when she was two months old, and her brother, Kellin, and she were raised by their mother in Tucson, Arizona.[4][5] Manning grew up living in a trailer park with her brother and single mother, who supported the family on a strict income. "My mom didn't buy herself a new pair of shoes and a new outfit until I moved out," said Manning.[6] "Literally when I asked my mom for a dollar I got one single dollar."[6]

In spite of the family's money trouble, her mother was able to enroll Manning in karate, dance, and acting classes.[5] At the age of 12, her family relocated to San Diego, California.[6] Two years later, when Manning was 14, her father committed suicide.[5] As a teenager, she worked as a waitress and a barista to help support her family.[7]

Acting career[edit]

1999–2005: Beginnings[edit]

Manning began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in small roles in several film and television productions, including episodes of The Practice, Get Real, Speedway Junky, NYPD Blue and Popular. She also made a guest-appearance on the TV series Boston Public, in a role that was specifically written for her. In 1999, she was featured in an independent film called Speedway Junky. She also auditioned for the American version of Popstars, which aired in early 2001 on The WB.

She made her film debut with a part in the romantic drama Crazy/Beautiful, which was followed by a role in the 2002 feature film Crossroads, where she played one of two best friends of singer Britney Spears. She appeared in 8 Mile as B-Rabbit's ex-girlfriend, Janeane, and in Peter Kosminksy's White Oleander. Along with supporting roles in the films Lucky 13 and Debating Robert Lee, Manning appeared briefly in Anthony Minghella's Civil War melodrama Cold Mountain (2003) and in the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love (2005).

E! Online picked her for its "Sizzlin' 16" list of 2002.[8] She has appeared on the covers of the July 2003 issue of FHM, the May 2007 issue of Stuff and was the December 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.[9] She was ranked #33 in Stuff magazine's 103 Sexiest Women in 2003,[10] #59 in Maxim`s Hot 100 Women 2003 and #60 in 2008.[11]

2005–present: Independent films and breakthrough[edit]

Her breakthrough role was as Nola, a prostitute in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 2005 film Hustle & Flow. Manning was nominated in the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance.[12] Director Craig Brewer saw Manning's picture in a photography book and was convinced that the actress who played Nola should look just like her. "There are some people who put on trashy like a wardrobe, and Taryn can play those roles with dignity and earnestness," Brewer said of Manning. In a "making of" featurette on the Hustle & Flow DVD, "Behind the Hustle", Brewer talks about how surprised and delighted he was to later realize that the model who had originally inspired his image of Nola's look turned out to also be the actress playing her.

Her other subsequent film roles included roles in Unbeatable Harold and When the Nines Roll Over.[12] When the Nines Roll Over is a drama film centred around a jaded hipster A&R executive tries to steal a talented and sexy young singer away from a small label.[13] Her next film was Weirdsville, a dark comedy co-starring Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley.[14] Boomkat's song "It's Not My Fault" appeared on the soundtrack for the film as a duet by Manning and John Rowley. In 2007, she played Ivy Chitty on the short-lived Fox television series Drive, which was a drama about various people competing in an illegal cross-country road race.[12] In After Sex, seven short films within one, Manning played the supporting role of Alanna.[12] She had leading roles in the horror films Cult and Banshee; in the latter, she performed her own stunts.[15] "I got hurt one day during one of the chase scenes, where another car crashed into my car," Manning explained of her stunts.[16]

Manning appeared in the romantic comedy Jack and Jill vs. the World. She played Rita Cherry on four episodes of Sons of Anarchy; co-star Katey Sagal called her performance fantastic.[17] At first she made a guest appearance on the show and later rejoined, because her performance was so well received.[18] Later in 2008 she appeared as the female lead in Butch Walker's music video for "The Weight Of Her" and in will.i.am's collage-style music video, "Yes We Can".[19][20] She co-starred with Bill Pullman in the surreal drama film Your Name Here, in which she played Nikki, who is based on Victoria Principal.[21] The film is based loosely on sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick's life.[22]

She admires her friend Gina Gershon's musical appearances.[23] In 2009, she appeared as Rose Atropos in a dramatic music-themed film The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll. The film received mostly favorable reviews from critics and fans.[24] Manning joined forces with Ron Perlman in two 2009 films, The Devil's Tomb and The Job. She also appeared in a horror film Kill Theory, which tells the story of a group of college students, who find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer.[25] Drama film The Job premiered at the San Diego Film Festival on September 25, 2009. Critics called the film "entertaining and fun with twists that arrives like clockwork".[26]

In 2009, Taryn portrayed Caroline Bishop, the love interest to Kris Black's coal miner turned boxer in Five Good Years.[27] In February 2010, she was cast in the 2010 remake of Hawaii Five-0 as the younger sister of main character Steve McGarrett.[28]

In early 2012, Taryn signed on to star in the supernatural web series The Unknown, which premiered on Crackle on July 13, 2012. In 2013, she began playing Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett in the original Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

Music career[edit]

2003–2011: Pop music beginnings and Boomkat[edit]

In 2003, Manning and her brother Kellin formed the band Boomkat. The band first signed a major label deal with American Idol producer Randy Jackson, but the deal fell through. Robbie Robertson then signed them to DreamWorks Records, which was Boomkat's label from 2002 to 2004. In 2002, she sang a rendition of "I'll Take You There" with Tweet in several Gap commercials directed by Peter Lindbergh. Their debut album, Boomkatalog.One, was released on March 18, 2003. Boomkat released two singles "The Wreckoning" and "What U Do 2 Me". The first single, "The Wreckoning", hit No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The band closed out 2003 as the No. 5 Hot Dance Club Play Artist for the year in Billboard Magazine.[29] Music from Boomkatalog.One has also appeared in movies, including Mean Girls, Crossroads, The Hot Chick, 8 Mile and The Italian Job.

After a hiatus, in an interview in October 2005's issue of Nylon magazine, Manning mentioned that Boomkat would be back eventually, and that she is writing songs for the new album once they find another record label.[30] Boomkat released their first single in four years, called "Runaway" on April 8, 2008. In early June 2008 Boomkat's second album A Million Trillion Stars became available in online stores.

In October 2008, Boomkat played several shows throughout the Los Angeles area, hitting spots like North Hollywood's NOHO Scene Festival and venues such as the Viper Room and Hotel Cafe. In December 2008 Manning recorded a version of Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over Again", which premiered on her official Myspace page. On March 3, 2009, their official first single, "Run Boy" was released along with a visually electric music video. The single premiered on People.com.[31] A Million Trillion Stars was officially released in stores on March 10 by independent record label, Little Vanilla Records. In 2009, Manning was featured on indie band Dreamers' song "Lonely World", as well as in their new music video called "The Dreamers". In the music video, she takes on the role of Ring Master.[32] On October 28, she announced that Boomkat is working on their third studio album.[33] The band's fifth music video from A Million Trillion Stars premiered on MySpace on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.

2009–present: Solo career[edit]

In September 2009, Manning stated that she is working on a solo album. The album is "dance music and it’s colorful, flamboyant, if you will. Boomkat’s a little darker, experimental, like Portishead kind of stuff," she told in an interview with Adam Bernard.[34]

She sang her first solo single, "So Talented" in an episode of Melrose Place.[35][36] The song was written with the producer Linney (Darkchild Entertainment). On September 3, 2009, it was confirmed that two tracks were completed for the album.[37]

After the song "Spotlight" was featured in an episode of Manning's show Hawaii Five-0, it was released as a teaser for the album via iTunes & Amazon MP3. "Turn It Up" is being released as the first official single. The music video premiered on People.com on May 4, 2011. "Turn It Up" peaked at No. 21 on Billboard (magazine)'s Dance Club Songs Chart for the week of October 22, 2011.[38]

Manning's single "Send Me Your Love" was released digitally worldwide on August 21, 2012. The song is the first official single from her solo album entitled Freedom City, which was released in September. It topped the Dance Club Songs chart. Manning followed "Send Me Your Love" with "Summer Ashes", a collaboration with KDrew released on July 23, 2013.

Her single with Bynon 'All The Way' was released January 12, 2015.

Other ventures[edit]

Boomkat's record company, Little Vanilla Records is owned by Manning. She has a clothing line called Born Uniqorn with best friend Tara Jane. The brand was founded in fall 2005. Born Uniqorn has hosted many benefits for charity organizations in Los Angeles.[39] Her fashion icons are Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. Manning was honored with "Film Fashion Visionary" award at the 2009 Bel Air Film Festival.[40]

She has appeared in Juicy Couture's advertising campaign and in Frankie B`s spring 2009 campaign. They shot a short film, which follows a day in the life of a Frankie B. woman. The video is called "Let's Get Lost" which is the original song featured in the video by musician Gilby Clarke with vocals by Manning.[41]

Manning posed nude for Playboy in the April 2011 issue of the magazine.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Manning supports American Dog Rescue Foundation;[43] the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States; Save The Music Foundation, which advocates keeping music classes in schools; and the Somaly Mam Foundation, which works on eliminating human trafficking in Asia; as well as several breast cancer charities.[44] Manning owns a home in Los Angeles, as well as an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village.[45]

Manning was aboard JetBlue Airways Flight 292 when it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on September 21, 2005, after the nose gear jammed in an abnormal position. No one was injured.[46] She stated that "it was the most surreal, out-of-body experience I ever had."[47]

Legal issues[edit]

On October 12, 2012, Manning was arrested for assaulting her personal assistant and makeup artist, Holli Hartman. The victim declined to prosecute and in November 2012, Manning took a plea bargain of one day of community service, and if she stayed out of trouble for the next six months, the case would be closed.[48][49]

In 2016, Manning was accused of violently attacking Hartman yet again. The victim sought a restraining order against Manning but was denied due to jurisdictional filing issues. The attack was one of several Hartman claimed to have suffered with the most recent abuse occurring in late 2015 at Manning's Manhattan apartment.[50]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Speedway Junky Girl in Car Uncredited
The Specials Autograph Hound
2001 Crazy/Beautiful Maddy
2002 Crossroads Mimi
White Oleander Niki
8 Mile Janeane
2003 Cold Mountain Shyla
2004 Dandelion Danny Voss
2005 Hustle & Flow Nola
Lucky 13 Sam
A Lot Like Love Ellen Martin
2006 Unbeatable Harold Sandy
The Breed Sara
When the Nines Roll Over Molly Minx Short film
2007 Cult Cassandra
After Sex Alanna
Weirdsville Matilda / Mattie
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Jill
Your Name Here Nikki
2009 Kill Theory Alex
The Devil's Tomb Doc
The Job Joy
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Rose Atropos
2010 Waking Madison Margaret
Groupie Riley Simms Also associate producer
Love Ranch Mallory
Redemption Road Jackie
Heaven's Rain Leslie
2011 The Speed of Thought Kira
Man Without A Head Kamila
513 Lisa
Zombie Apocalypse Ramona Television film
2013 All American Christmas Carol Cindy
2014 Low Down Colleen
2015 Experimenter Mrs. Lowe
Cleveland Abduction Michelle Knight Television film
It Snows All the Time April
#Horror Gloria
Almost Broadway Molly
A Light Beneath Their Feet Gloria Gerringson
2016 A Winter Rose Patricia Rose
2017 The Vault Vee Dillon


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Practice Jenny Rains Episode: "Of Human Bondage"
1999 Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story Groupie Movie
1999–2000 Get Real Rebecca Peabody 9 episodes
2000 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Tattooed Dancer Movie
2000 Pacific Blue N/A Episode: "Blind Eye"
2000 Popular Ashley Carmichael Episode: "Misery Loathes Company"
2001 NYPD Blue Tracy Episode: "Oh Golly Goth"
2001 Boston Public Cara Glynne Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Seven"
2003 Punk'd Herself Episode #2.6
2003 The Twilight Zone Tina Bishop Episode: "Fair Warning"
2005 CSI: Miami Heidi Dillon Episode: "Money Plane"
2006 Banshee Sage Rion Movie
2007 Viva Laughlin Geneva Episode: "What a Whale Wants"
2007 Drive Ivy Chitty / Ellie Laird 7 episodes
2007 On Set, on Edge Herself Miniseries
2008–2010 Sons of Anarchy Rita ("Cherry") 7 episodes
2009 Free Radio Herself Episode: "Earthquake"
2009 Melrose Place Herself Episode: "Grand"
2010–2016 Hawaii Five-0 Mary Ann McGarrett Main season 1; recurring subsequently
8 episodes (cameo in flashback in season 5)
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Larissa Welsh / Brandy Episode: "Possessed"
2012 Burn Notice Nicole Episode: "Mixed Messages"
2012 America's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "The Girl Who Makes The Grade" #19.1
2013 Oh Sit! Herself Episode: "Send Me Your Love"
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett 61 episodes
2014 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "Orange Is the New Game Night"

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role
2007 Nickelback "Rockstar" Rockstar
2008 Butch Walker "The Weight of Her" Love Interest
2008 will.i.am "Yes We Can"
2009 Dreamers "The Dreamers" Ring Master
2011 Killola "She's a Bitch" Alien Commander
2012 Train "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" Ex-Girlfriend
2012 Zedd "Spectrum" Alien Love Interest
2012 Passion Pit "Constant Conversations" White Dress Girl
2013 Razihel "Seeking of the Truth" Monstercat 014 -Discovery



Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"So Talented" 2009 Non-album singles
"Spotlight" 2010
"Turn It Up!" 2011
"Send Me Your Love"
(featuring Sultan and Ned Shepard)
2012 1
"Roaming Unicorn"
"Summer Ashes" 2013
"All the Way" 2015
(featuring Boomkat)
"Free Them"
"Pop 808"
"Gltchlfe" 2017 1

Other recordings[edit]

Year Song Notes
2008 "Christmas All Over Again" (Cover) Duet by Taryn Manning and Butch Walker
2011 "Blast Off (Gwap Off)"[52][53] By Taryn Manning featuring Tony DeNiro
2013 "Seeking of the Truth"[54] By Razihel featuring Taryn Manning

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2005 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Breakthrough Performance for Hustle & Flow Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Hustle & Flow Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble for Hustle & Flow Nominated
2009 Bel Air Film Festival Film Fashion Visionary Won


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