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Taylor Schilling followed by fan into bathroom

Published 30/05/2016

Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling

Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling recalls how poor she used to be.

Taylor Schilling found it weird that a fan waited outside a toilet cubicle for her.

The 31-year-old actress has found global success with her role as female convict Piper Chapman in Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, which is back for a fourth series in June (16). She still doesn't consider herself a celebrity, even when she's recognised in bizarre places.

"In Spain recently, I was out at dinner and went to the loo and this woman knocked on the door," Taylor recalled to U.K. Cosmopolitan magazine. "I was like, 'I'll be straight out.' And she said, 'No, no, I just want a photograph.' She just wanted me to know she was there waiting!"

The actress revealed how different her life is now compared to what it used to be. Money was tight in her household and she worked as a nanny to support her studies at Fordham University in New York, where she took drama.

Even now when she has "little meltdowns" she thinks back to how hard things used to be, but the effort paid off when she could afford an agent and scored auditions.

"I was so poor," she sighed. "My agent once gave me money. I had zero dollars. Boxes of off-brand cornflakes were my diet."

Taylor is now in a comfortable position and busier than ever. Her work now requires her to jet around the globe. but one drawback is the jet lag and lack of sleep.

"All cognitive faculties are shut down," she said of her tiredness. "I can only describe it as (being like) a three-year-old trying to articulate themselves, but they don't have it (the words). And it's just like... meltdown."

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