July 27, 1984 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Taylor 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–present), 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 2007 with Meryl Streep in the drama Dark Matter. Schilling also starred as Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the short-lived NBC medical drama Mercy (2009–10). Her other films include Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), the romantic drama The Lucky One (2012) and the political thriller Argo (2012).
Schilling was born on July 27, 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is 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 theatre 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's Tisch School of the Arts to continue her acting studies but left after her second year to start auditioning. While attempting 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 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. For her work on the show, Schilling was 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 in 2014.
|2011||Atlas Shrugged: Part I||Dagny Taggart|
|2012||The Lucky One||Beth Green|
|2009–10||Mercy||Veronica Flanagan Callahan||22 episodes|
|2013–present||Orange Is the New Black||Piper Chapman||51 episodes|
|2016||Drunk History||Emily Warren Roebling||Episode: "Landmarks"|
Awards and nominations
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- 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.
- Curt Brown (May 6, 2009). "Mercy! Daughter of New Bedford lawyer lands lead role in NBC drama". SouthCoastToday.com. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- "Taylor Schilling Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "A Taylor-made career for Wayland 'Lucky One' star". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "Mercy: Cast Bios: Taylor Schilling". NBC. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- "Taylor Schilling on Chelsea Lately: I Don't Know If I'm "Ready to Have Kids"". E!. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "Taylor Schilling and Liz Heldens Talk Mercy". Movie Web. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
- McNary, Dave (June 14, 2010). "Cameras roll on 'Atlas'". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- 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.
- "Taylor Schilling 1 Nomination". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
- "66th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- "People's Choice Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- Kilday, Gregg (November 29, 2016). "Satellite Awards Nominees Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
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