Taylor Schilling: I rise above the negative
Taylor Schilling doesn’t consider whether she’ll get good reviews when she’s working.
The 30-year-old actress has drawn praise for her portrayal of Piper Chapman in Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, which is returning with its third season on June 12. Although she likes having nice things said about her, Taylor is aware that could change instantly so doesn’t put much stock in reviews.
“I think that this is part of cutting your teeth as an artist and I think that anybody who's putting themselves out in the world will always get mixed opinions about anything,” she told Cover Media exclusively when quizzed on negative reactions. “So for me the most important thing is to keep coming back to why I do what I do, which is that it fulfils me and I feel that this is the way I can be of service in the world. It's not about what other people think of me. So as long as I'm focused… Well of course it is painful but my intention of doing this job is not to get good reviews.”
This could be one of the reasons why Taylor doesn’t use social media very much. She’s aware her refusal to engage with those kind of sites makes her something of a “black sheep”, but isn’t overly bothered as she has no interest in constantly being engaged with the internet.
Alongside this, the star values her privacy immensely. That’s obvious by the way she guards her private life, which is something she’s very proud of. Taylor believes her work should speak for itself and is also inspired by other female stars who haven’t felt the need to be an open book.
“I think that my work and my personal life are two different things. I know it can be confusing to have a job that is sort of public and then not making your personal life public. But I do think there is a differentiation and I've just been trying to follow in the footsteps of actors that I greatly admire, like Jessica Lange, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep of course, Cate Blanchett,” she explained. “I'm a big fan of people like Jessica Chastain and Diane Keaton. You know, just women who are about their work and their work speaks for itself.”
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