Taylor Schilling is Best Known For Playing Piper Chapman with Laura Prepon, in the Netflix’s comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black since 2013, 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 is also known for playing Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) and Beth Green in The Lucky One (2012), the comedy Take Me (2017) and the science fiction thriller The Titan (2018).
Born Name Taylor Schilling
Nick Name Taylor
Years active 2007–present
Born: July 27, 1984 34 years and 6 months, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Sun Sign Leo
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
Measurements 33-25-34 in or 84-63.5-87 cm
Bra Size 32A
Father – Robert J. “Bob” Schilling (Former prosecutor)
Mother – Patricia “Tish” Miller (MIT administrator)
Siblings – Sam Schilling (Younger Brother)
In 2002, she graduated from Wayland High School. Subsequently, she enrolled herself into Fordham University in New York City and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006.
Finally, she attended New York University but dropped out after the second year to focus on her acting career.
She debuted with 2007 independent film Dark Matter where she had a supporting role as Jackie.
First TV Show
From 2009 to 2010, Taylor played the role as Nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the NBC’s medical drama series Mercy. She appeared in a total of 22 episodes.
She likes to do yoga, dancing, and Pilates. Taylor likes to do run outdoors and also hits the gym regularly. If Taylor has little time to workout, she just goes outdoors as she feels good in the fresh air.
Her go-to snacks include almonds, Greek yogurt, and fruit.
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 won the Emerson College Playwright’s Festival Outstanding Performance Award. 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. Reading for the part via videotape from New York City, Schilling impressed the show’s creator and executive producer, Liz Heldens, who then flew her out to Los Angeles to audition for the role. Mercy ran for one season from September 2009 to May 2010.
Schilling portrayed Dagny Taggart in the film 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.
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.”
Schilling practices Transcendental Meditation.
Taylor Schilling Favorite Things
Romantic Films – Casablanca (1942), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Body Part – Hands
Taylor Schilling Facts
She is a big fan of Boston Red Sox baseball team.
Her parents divorced when she was a child and so Taylor used to switch her time between both of the parents.
Taylor was born in Boston but raised in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
She started acting at a young age.
As a child, her favorite TV series was NBC’s medical drama series “ER”.
While in middle school, she appeared in the stage production of musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.
While starting her acting career, she supported herself by working as a nanny in Manhattan.
In 2014, she was nominated with “Golden Globe Award for Best Actress” for appearing in the TV series “Orange Is the New Black”.