Taylor Schilling is an American actress probably best known for her role as Piper Chapman on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black," for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. She was also part of the short-lived NBC series "Mercy."
Taylor Schilling grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Fordham University in 2006. She entered New York University’s graduate acting program, but left after her second year to pursue an acting career, and landed “Mercy” within four months. One of her early supporters was Peter Dinklage and his wife Erica Schmidt.
While Taylor Schilling went to auditions, in order to make a living, she worked as a nanny for a Manhattan-based family. As reported by the dailymail, Taylor was once fired from her hostess job at a local restaurant for wearing flip-flops and a short skirt. Taylor said about working as a waitress, “I wanted to do that but was unable to function in the restaurant setting.”
Her other appearances include parts on “Atlas Shrugged” and “Argo,” among other projects.
As for her Golden Globe nomination, she said, “I feel like it’s adult Christmastime.” She added, “Most of my life right now is in between pajamas, the jumpsuit I wear at work or yoga clothes or a T-shirt, so it will be fun to put on a dress.” As for the Golden Globes, she said, “I’m not very cool. I have a really hard time meeting people and stuff.
A bit of trivia: she is a fan of the Boston Red Sox; and her first acting appearance was in a middle-school staging of Fiddler on the Roof.
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As for “Orange is the New Black,” Taylor Schilling said, “I was really impressed that there was a woman who was the centerpiece of her own story, and that she was in the center of her own narrative….and I love the idea that it was based on a true story.”
As for the Netflix experience, Taylor Schilling said, “It felt really nice to not have anybody talking about numbers, and no one is talking about ratings. From my experience, it felt like there was one person running the ship and it felt like there was space for Jenji to be at the helm.”
When asked how she would fare in prison in real life, Taylor Schilling said, “I think I would probably be eaten alive.”
As for shooting a prison show, Taylor Schilling said, “I never thought about how loud prison was…how your ears never really get a break from all this noise….how the lights don’t go out, so you never rest, in that way…about the intensity of being watched, all the time. Those are some things that I didn’t know about prison.”
Taylor Schilling resides in New York City.