Fans of the Netflix comedy-drama original series Orange Is the New Black will no doubt know be familiar with the name Taylor Schilling. Breaking into massive limelight thanks to her main role in the series, Schilling also received award nominations for her acting in the series’ six-year run. However, her acting career started much earlier than in 2013. With a repertoire like hers, the lovely actress boasts of over 2 million followers on Instagram and over six hundred thousand on Twitter. It’s no wonder fans no doubt clamor for all the details they can get about the talented actress.
What Do We Know About Taylor Schilling?
This talented actress was born in the capital city of Boston, Massachusetts on July 27, 1984. She was named Taylor Jane Schilling by her parents; prosecutor Robert J. Schilling and MIT administrator Patricia Schilling (née Miller). She also has a younger brother called Sam. After her parents divorced, Taylor grew up spending time in two different neighborhoods, Wayland and West Roxbury.
She attended Wayland High School, Massachusetts where she was active in the middle school’s theater program. She also appeared in a stage production of Fiddler on the Roof before she graduated high school in 2002. From there, she traveled to New York City and attended the Lincoln Center’s Fordham University campus. Schilling continued to be a part of stage productions until she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2006. She got into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts but left after the second year to pursue her career outright. During this time, she supported herself working for a Manhattan family as a nanny.
Her debut in the movie industry came as a supporting role in the 2007 independent film, Dark Matter. Her next role, in NBC’s medical drama Mercy in 2009, was that of the main character. Taylor Schilling starred as the war veteran and former military nurse turned medical practitioner Nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan. The show’s creator, Liz Heldens, was so blown away by Schilling’s audition tape that she flew the actress to Los Angeles to audition for the part. The show ran for one season, and Schilling appeared for all 22 episodes.
She played Dagny Taggart in the 2011 science-fiction drama movie Atlas Shrugged: Part I and was cast alongside Zac Efron in 2012’s romantic drama film, The Lucky One. Her casting in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black is no doubt her most popular one to date. Cast as Piper Chapman, Schilling starred in the series’ main role for 90 episodes, receiving a credit only in the second episode of season 2. Orange Is the New Black aired for seven seasons. It premiered on July 11, 2013, and aired its last season on July 26, 2019, becoming Netflix’s most-watched original series.
Taylor Schilling has appeared in other movies including Stay (2013), Take Me (2017), The Public (2018), The Titan (2018), and The Prodigy (2019). In 2012, she won the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Cast for the movie Argo. For her various acting roles, she has received several award wins and nominations. She has won three Satellite Awards for Best Actress for her role as Piper Chapman in Orange Is the New Black. She also received Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress and Best Actress respectively.
The Truth About Her Sexuality – Who is She Dating?
When it comes to their love lives, celebrities are commonly known to try their best to keep the details out of the public eye. Taylor Schilling is no different and has done a rather fierce job of making sure the details of her private life remain private. She did, however, share some details about it. In an interview with a UK-based lifestyle website, Taylor Schilling stated that she couldn’t be fit into a box in terms of her sexuality. She went further by saying she has had serious relationships with different people and added that she had no qualms about where the love was coming from. She also mentioned in 2018 that she had a special someone who lived in Gowanus, Brooklyn but didn’t give out more than that.
Nevertheless, fans still tried to figure out who exactly Taylor Schilling would possibly be dating. Thanks to the on-screen chemistry she displayed with Zac Efron in The Lucky One, several speculations began to surface that the two might be dating. However, the rumors died out with not much evidence to keep the flames going.
Later, in 2015, fresh rumors began when Taylor was photographed several times with Carrie Brownstein. For those who don’t know, Carrie Brownstein is an American musician, writer, director, actress, and comedian who confirmed in November 2010 that she is bisexual. Because of this, many people believe the two are dating, which is mostly down to the fact that Taylor Schilling has described herself as bisexual.