Taylor Schilling


Taylor Schilling Biography

Taylor Schilling (born July 27, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Piper Chapman on the Netflix original 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 the drama Dark Matter (2007), alongside Meryl Streep. Schilling also starred as Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the short-lived NBC medical drama Mercy (2009-10). Her other films include the romantic drama The Lucky One (2012) and the political thriller Argo (2012).

Early life

Schilling was born on July 27, 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Patricia (ne 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.

Career

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.

Filmography

Film

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
2015 The Overnight Emily

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2009-10 Mercy Veronica Flanagan Callahan 22 episodes
2013-present Orange Is the New Black Piper Chapman 38 episodes; Web television

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (with Zac Efron) The Lucky One
Choice Movie Actress: Romance
Hollywood Film Festival Best Cast Argo
2013 Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Orange Is the New Black
Best Cast - Television Series
Webby Awards Best Actress
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series



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