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Sep 2015
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The results are in and Ellen DeGeneres’ 2015 AfterEllen Hot 100 have finally been announced after everyone’s votes. There are plenty of incredible celebrities in the list including Taylor Schilling who came in at number 19. Congrats Taylor, but don’t worry – you’re our number 1.

Orange Is the New Black‘ co-stars Laverne Cox (74), Natasha Lyonne (76), Laura Prepon (6), Samira Wiley (42) and Ruby Rose (1) all appeared in the list too.

Aug 2015
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On August 18th, Taylor Schilling attended the All Abroad! W Hotels Toasts the upcoming opening of W Amsterdam event at Grand Banks in New York.

Aug 2015
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Taylor Schilling appears in the September issue of Elle Magazine.

Aug 2015
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On Sunday, August 9th, an important article was published on the New York Times website titled “‘Black Lives Matter’ and the G.O.P.” This post was shared by many people including various celebrities – one of which was Taylor Schilling.

The article talks about the Republican presidential debate held a few weeks ago and how only one candidate (Gov. Scott Walker) was asked directly to address the Black Lives Matter movement. It continues to discuss his views on this.

It’s great to see Taylor getting involved in the things that are in important. She also shared the following image in support of Black Lives Matter.

Aug 2015
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On August 11th, Taylor Schilling attended a special screening of ‘Orange Is the New Black‘ in New York City with the rest of the cast.

Whilst there, the cast were asked by Taylor Ferber of VH1 who their real life Litchfield prison wife would be. Who did Taylor choose?

Red of course!

Jul 2015
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This week Taylor Schilling has been spotted out in Los Angeles twice. On July 28th, she was spotted having been to the gym with a friend and on July 29th, she was seen arriving to LAX Airport for a flight.

Jul 2015
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On July 28th, Taylor Schilling and some of the other ‘Orange Is the New Black‘ cast were present at the Netflix panel discussion at the 2015 Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, California. Plus, Senior Editor Jarett Wieselman of Entertainment at Buzzfeed (Twitter user @JarretSays) shared some interesting comments from the panel:

  • Taylor & Uzo want to see Piper & Suzanne’s relationship now, post-Vee and three seasons of development.
  • Taylor Schilling on Piper’s #OITNB journey: “If you’re not trying to be something for someone else, what’s left?”
  • Taylor Schilling once told Jenji a story about a dead bird her grandmother kept in the freezer — it ended up in the show (Red S1)
  • Uzo Aduba says, from day one, Jenji Kohan wanted to make #OITNB an undefinable show w/ characters you couldn’t pigeonhole.
  • Natasha Lyonne can’t confirm or deny if she’ll be back in Season 4.
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    Jul 2015
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    Taylor Schilling was recently interviewed by Australia’s The Sunday Times on fame and Orange Is the New Black.

    Being called a “gateway drug” may not sound so flattering. But as Taylor Schilling takes a seat in the restaurant of the Paris hotel where she’s briefly staying, one can see why Jenji Kohan, creator of the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, has described her star this way.

    Kohan knew Schilling, 30, who has the corn-fed looks of Grace Kelly and the comic timing of Mary Tyler Moore, was just the actress she needed to seduce viewers into watching her addictive series, a riotous, raucous comedy-drama set in an American women’s prison. Schilling plays the yuppie fish-out-of-water Piper Chapman, serving a 15-month sentence for laundering drug money 10 years earlier.

    What’s also great — and radical — about Orange is that it’s populated by the most extraordinarily diverse group of ­female characters, races, ages, sexual orientations and body shapes ever assembled on a television screen. Their stories and the frequent flashbacks that reveal how they ended up in the slammer make for combustible, hilarious and often steamy viewing, with frequent nudity and girl-on-girl action.

    Schilling laughs when she recalls Kohan’s description of her. “Gateway drug! You really meant it,” she remembers saying to Kohan. “There was a part of me that had to adjust to that, but I was excited by what the series became last year. It shows a world that’s much more akin in its diversity to the world I see when I walk down the street in New York, the one I know as a human being, than what is usually represented on screen.”

    Audiences have embraced characters such as the unstable but poetic Crazy Eyes, who becomes obsessed with Piper and calls her Dandelion; the haughty transgender Sophia, who committed credit-card fraud to pay for her sex change; and Red, a ruthless Russian matriarch with a heart of gold. Piper is a china doll in this bullish shop, often selfish and manipulative as she negotiates prison life; and Schilling, who seems to register every fleeting emotion across her impossibly pretty face, acknowledges that “people are much more ambivalent towards Piper than they are towards some of the other characters. She’s an anomaly, a kind of antihero, and that’s discordant with what people are used to with lead female characters.

    “It’s strange, because people ask me, ‘How does it feel that people don’t like Piper?’ I think, ‘Would you ask that of Jon Hamm? How does it feel that people don’t like Don Draper?’ It’s so fascinating to me.”

    Does the articulate, passionate Schilling sees Orange as an overtly feminist project? “I think the most radical thing is that it just tells people’s stories and leaves it at that,” she says. “It is so compelling and so interesting to watch, and so relatable and so eye-opening, that they are women is inconsequential to how engaging the story is. That is the most feminist thing about the show — that it doesn’t identify as a feminist show.”

    Orange is the New Black, the fourth original series from the online streaming service Netflix, quickly became its most watched series when it debuted in 2013, overpowering the political drama House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Orange has already received several nominations and awards, including an Emmy nomination for best actress in a comedy for Schilling. Kohan had previously produced Weeds, which starred Mary-Louise Parker as a middle-class woman who becomes a marijuana dealer to support her family after her husband dies.

    By releasing all 13 episodes of Orange’s first season at once, Netflix encouraged binge viewing and changed the way TV is watched. Schilling is still stunned that she went from being almost completely unknown to ridiculously ­famous over a single weekend. “Things went bonkers,” she recalls. “It’s wild. It’s weird.”

    She comes from a middle-class east coast family — her father has served as a prosecutor and assistant district attorney — and studied theatre at Fordham University and New York University. In her mid-20s, she won some decent roles, but nothing clicked. Her first TV series, the hospital drama Mercy, was cancelled. She was the lead in the 2011 movie Atlas Shrugged, based on the novel by Ayn Rand, but correctly describes the film as “a disaster”. Most of her scenes were cut from Argo, in which she played Ben Affleck’s wife. She even starred in a film with Meryl Streep that was canned because it echoed the massacre at Virginia Tech.

    It wasn’t until 2012, when she starred with Zac Efron in The Lucky One, adapted from the Nicholas Sparks book, that she had her first hit. Earlier this year, she was well received in an off-Broadway production of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country. Now, as well as the third season of Orange, Schilling is in The Overnight, a largely improvised comedy in which she plays a young wife invited to dinner with her husband by a couple who turn out to be swingers.

    Schilling is obviously pleased that Piper features more in the third season of Orange than she did in the second. It’s not giving too much away to say that she rekindles her romantic relationship with Alex, her former girlfriend and partner in the drug crime, played by Laura Prepon. In episode one, Alex returns to Litchfield, the fictional minimum-security prison, and pretty soon the ladies are going at it again, slammer and thongs.

    Although the series is fictional, it is loosely based on Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, a memoir by Piper Kerman. (New prisoners had to wear orange uniforms in her prison.) In the 1990s, the middle-class, university-educated Kerman helped launder money for her then girlfriend — the fictional Alex — who was smuggling drugs for a West African kingpin. It wasn’t until a decade later that Kerman, then leading a very different life and in a relationship with a man whom she later married, was arrested and sentenced.

    After season one, Kerman took Schilling to the women’s prison on Rikers Island, in New York. “I was shocked by how much it paralleled what we were doing — the dynamics between the women, having prison moms and daughters and family groups and romantic relationships and antagonisms.

    “She’s a powerful lady and has worked on significant prison reform,” Schilling says of Kerman. “I feel really lucky to know her. But when we started the show, Jenji made it really clear that Piper was fictional, which was liberating.”

    Schilling describes her character as a woman who had always lived by WASPy, middle-class social rules she didn’t even know she was following. “Seasons one and two were more or less her having everything stripped away, so that she begins to see what’s left, to see who she really is. This season she’s spreading her wings, feeling more powerful, trying things out to see how they feel,” she says.

    One wonders whether Schilling, given her middle-class background, felt the pressure to conform to similar social norms when she was growing up. “Not from my parents, because I grew up with a different set of expectations,” she says. “But I think, like a lot of women, I internalised a sense of what’s right and what’s wrong — that this is what’s expected of me, this is what I should look like, I am valuable if I do this or if I do that. In my experience, all those expectations cultivate a lot of pain and suffering, because they end up tying shame to who you really are.

    “If you have impulses that go against those things, that produces a sense of being wrong. The more I get to know anyone, no one lines up with what you think they are — no one! It’s pretty cool, actually.”

    As much as she loves working on Orange, Schilling is ambivalent about the nudity in the show, which pinned its knickers to the mast in the first episode with a nude shower scene between Piper and Alex. “I don’t talk to my family about the nudity at all!” she says in horror. “Never the twain shall meet. And I do get nervous about it. I really have to understand why I am doing it, and it has to parallel the emotional stakes … Although, in prison, it’s not hard to make that happen.”

    Orange has made Schilling recognised almost everywhere she goes; the show is a global hit. Along with Piper, she has become something of an icon, particularly for younger female fans going through their own crises of identity and sexuality.

    “On the street, it’s cool,” she says. “Young girls, teenagers, come up to me a lot and say how much the show inspires them and makes them feel more comfortable with who they are. What could be more beautiful than that?”

    Does she feel any pressure to be a role model? “I have such an ambivalent relationship with the idea of people who are in the public eye being role models,” she says after a long pause. “What I hope for my whole life is that I am endlessly becoming and shapeshifting and discovering new parts of myself. “I feel like, when you put an idea out into the world, it can carry more weight than it is intended to, and people may grab on to and harden something that should be malleable and shifting. So I am wary. I think the most interesting thing to do is to live your life and see what comes of that.”


    Jul 2015
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    On July 22nd, Taylor Schilling was spotted on the train to New York City and was kind enough to take a photo with a fan.