From TV Guide:
Watch out Swift; there’s another Taylor at the top of our woman crush list this week! In the spirit of#WomanCrushWednesday, today we’re celebrating Taylor Schilling. Best known for her role as female inmate Piper Chapman of the hugely popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black, this 31-year-old Bostonian beauty with a brain has sprung from relative obscurity, rocketing into the big leagues over the past few years, and scooping up a number of awards on the way. Here are just 6 reasons why we love her:
Read all the reasons after the jump
1. She got her start in a Meryl Streep movie.
Schilling’s very first feature film role was in the 2007 Streep-led drama Dark Matter. The production may not have been a critical success, but could you ask for a better co-star than Queen Meryl for your first movie?
2. She flies the flag for positive LGBT representation.
Even though she’s been gradually transforming into a somewhat unlikeable ‘female Walter White’ figure as the seasons progress, as a bisexual woman at the forefront of a popularly loved show, Schilling’s character Piper in Orange is the New Black has contributed towards more positive, well-rounded representations of LGBT people in the mainstream media.
3. She’s fierce without makeup.
Like, really fierce. The nature of her OitNB character (being in prison and all) means that Taylor shoots the majority of her scenes barefaced. “I think it’s very liberating”, she told People magazine about going makeup free for the role; something that many actresses would never dream of. “It knocks away one level of artifice, and I think that is what I appreciate most about acting”, she explained.
4. She got to make out with Zac Efron.
Yup, in the 2012 romantic drama The Lucky One (which is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, no less), Taylor plays the mysterious woman in a photograph whom a U.S. Marine falls in love with, and promptly tracks down to start a relationship with. Tay was ‘the lucky one’ indeed, as she got to enact plenty an intimate scene with the musclebound young Efron.
5. She’s hilarious.
If you’ve had the pleasure of watching raunchy comedy The Overnight, you’d know what we mean. Schilling shows her funny side in the film, in which she and Adam Scott play a couple whose seemingly innocent invitation to dinner with another couple (Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche) turns into a night of swinging seduction and temptation…