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Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling at Paley Fest Orange Is The New Black.jpg
Schilling at PaleyFest 2014, representing Orange Is the New Black
Taylor Jane Schilling

(1984-07-27) July 27, 1984 (age 37)
EducationFordham University (bachelor of fine arts)
New York University
Years active2007–present

Taylor Jane Schilling (born July 27, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Piper Chapman on the Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019), for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Television Series Drama. She made her film debut in the 2007 drama Dark Matter. She also starred as Nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the short-lived NBC medical drama Mercy (2009–2010). Her other films include Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), the romantic drama The Lucky One (2012), the comedy Take Me (2017), and the science-fiction thriller The Titan (2018).

Early life and education[edit]

Schilling was born July 27, 1984, in Boston, Massachusetts,[1] the daughter of Patricia (née Miller), an MIT administrator, and Robert J. Schilling, a former prosecutor.[2] She grew up in West Roxbury and Wayland, dividing her time between her divorced parents.[3] A fan of the NBC medical drama ER in her youth, she began acting at a young age. She became active in her middle school's theatre program when she appeared in their production of Fiddler on the Roof.[4]

After graduating from Wayland High School in 2002,[5] Schilling attended Fordham University's campus at Lincoln Center, where she continued to take part in stage productions while earning her bachelor of fine arts in 2006. She entered the graduate program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to continue her acting studies, but left after her second year.[3][6] While attempting to break into acting, she supported herself by working as a nanny for a Manhattan-based family.[7]


Schilling won the Emerson College Playwright's Festival Outstanding Performance Award.[6] She made her feature-film debut with a supporting role in the independent film Dark Matter (2007). In 2009, she starred in the NBC medical drama Mercy as a tough Iraq War veteran and former military nurse-turned-medical practitioner. When she read for the part via videotape from New York City, she impressed the show's creator and executive producer, Liz Heldens, who flew her to Los Angeles to audition. Mercy ran for one season, from September 2009 to May 2010.[8]

Schilling portrayed Dagny Taggart in the film Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011),[9] and co-starred with Zac Efron in the romantic drama film The Lucky One (2012). She starred as Piper Chapman in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, which premiered July 11, 2013.[10] For her work on the show, Schilling was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama[11] and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Regarding her sexuality, Schilling stated: "I've had very serious relationships with lots of people, and I'm a very expansive human. There's no part of me that can be put under a label. I really don't fit into a box—that's too reductive… I've had a lot of love, and I don't have any qualms about where it comes from."[13]

In 2019, she added, “I've had relationships with men and I've had relationships with women. It's been about the person, not their gender. It's a much more radical political act to not reduce oneself to a label simply to make other people feel more comfortable. I have had serious relationships with a lot of different people.”[14]

During Pride Month in 2020 she confirmed via Instagram her relationship with visual artist Emily Ritz.[15]

Schilling practices Transcendental Meditation.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dark Matter Jackie
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Dagny Taggart
2012 The Lucky One Beth Green
Argo Christine Mendez
2013 Stay Abbey
2015 The Overnight Emily
2017 Take Me Anna St. Blair
Phil Samantha Ford
2018 The Public Angela
The Titan Dr. Abigail Janssen
Family[17] Kate Stone
2019 The Prodigy Sarah Blume


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 Mercy Veronica Flanagan Callahan 22 episodes
2013–2019 Orange Is the New Black Piper Chapman 90 episodes
2016 Drunk History Emily Warren Roebling Episode: "Landmarks"
2020 Monsterland Kate Feldman Episode: “Plainfield, Illinois”
2021 The Bite Lily Leithauser 6 episodes
TBA Pam & Tommy Erica Gauthier Upcoming miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
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 Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Series Actress Nominated [18]
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won [19]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2018 Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Messer, Lesley (July 28, 2014). "Inside 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Taylor Schilling's Birthday Party". ABC News. Retrieved July 13, 2015 – via Good Morning America.
  2. ^ Voss, Gretchen (April 25, 2014). "Taylor Schilling on Life Before 'Orange is the New Black'". Boston Common.
  3. ^ a b Curt Brown (May 6, 2009). "Mercy! Daughter of New Bedford lawyer lands lead role in NBC drama". Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Taylor Schilling Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "A Taylor-made career for Wayland 'Lucky One' star". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Mercy: Cast Bios: Taylor Schilling". NBC. Archived from the original on August 9, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  7. ^ "Taylor Schilling on Chelsea Lately: I Don't Know If I'm "Ready to Have Kids"". E!. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "Taylor Schilling and Liz Heldens Talk Mercy". Movie Web. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (June 14, 2010). "Cameras roll on 'Atlas'". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 30, 2012). "Taylor Schilling To Star In Jenji Kohan's Netflix Series 'Orange Is The New Black'". Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  11. ^ "Taylor Schilling 1 Nomination". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "66th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  13. ^ Mulkerrins, Jane (May 25, 2017). "Taylor Schilling on body politics, sexuality and her issue with celebrity". London Evening Standard. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  14. ^ Lensvelt, Fiona (March 16, 2019). "What I've learnt: Taylor Schilling". The Times. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "'OITNB's Taylor Schilling Comes Out, Reveals Girlfriend". June 29, 2020.
  16. ^ Greener, Emily (May 13, 2016). ""Awkward Giraffe with Glasses": That's How Taylor Schilling Describes Herself Growing Up". InStyle. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  17. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 9, 2018). "Taylor Schilling In 'Family': When Your Teen Niece Isn't Hooked On Drugs, But Juggalos – SXSW".
  18. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice. November 15, 2016. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  19. ^ Kilday, Gregg (November 29, 2016). "Satellite Awards Nominees Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2016.

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