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Overview (4)

Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA
Birth NameTaylor Marie Dooley
Nickname Tayboo
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The acting bug caught me early when I got to play the lead in a local play. Just over a year later I was lucky enough to book the lead role of Lava Girl, in the Robert Rodriquez film The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl (2005). After that amazing experience, I was hooked and in love with every aspect of creating characters. Then as fate would have it, I hit a big growth spurt and at age 13, I looked like an 18 year old. After a few years, of getting down to the end on roles and ultimately being told "my age and essence played too old", I decided to take some time away. Since then, I've been in college working on a degree in Psychology. To me, what I love about acting is understanding people and what makes them tick, which is what makes Psych so interesting. Other than college, I took the time to focus on myself. Growing up a child actor is somewhat of a focused and sheltered life. I wanted to experience so much more. So, needless to say, these years away have been the best "life road trip" I could have taken. It not only helped me develop and grow so much as a person, but my experiences helped me grow as an actress. While I was busy doing me, I took some time to go to a few different acting schools/classes. I figured variety is the spice of life and what better way to see what fits than trying on lots of different hats. The experiences were amazing and helped me figure out who I am as an actress. I completed the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, which was so inspiring. I also went to classes and got to work with Ivana Chubbuck on scene study, Leigh Kilton Smith on auditioning, and Cameron Thor in class and one on one working on scene study and building strong interesting characters. Now, after taking some years completely away from the acting business, I feel like now more than ever I know who I am and what I want. My passion for acting is like a fire burning inside of me, and I am ready to really get back out there again and start pursuing my career. I really feel like this is my time and I couldn't be more excited for the future.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Taylor Dooley

Spouse (1)

Justin Cassotta (14 May 2016 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (24)

Tried out for the role of "Samantha Parkington" in An American Girl Holiday (2004) but lost to her friend, AnnaSophia Robb.
Appeared in an article in the "Discovery Girls" magazine.
Lost a second role to AnnaSophia Robb - the part of "Liza" in Drake & Josh (2004).
Originally took drama classes before she started acting.
Has a younger brother named Drew (born 1994).
Is real-life friends with Cayden Boyd and Taylor Lautner.
Started making a movie with the other children on the set of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)).
Has Belgian, German and English on her mom's side and Irish, German, English, and Sioux Indian on her Dad's side.
Enjoys horse-riding.
Moved from Arizona with her family.
She looks up to Angelina Jolie for all the amazing charity work she does.
Her favorite actresses are Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron, and her favorite actors are Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Her favorite movies are, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), East of Eden (1955), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), The Notebook (2004), Walk the Line (2005), and High School Musical (2006), among others.
Likes to listen to all kinds of music except country.
Heroes (2006), The Office (2005) and Entourage (2004) are her favorite TV Shows. She also loves Grey's Anatomy (2005), The O.C. (2003) and American Idol (2002).
Had to dye her hair pink for the role of Lavagirl.
Met her friend, AnnaSophia Robb, at a private Gemz concert.
Named after Taylor Dayne.
Father's name is John and mother's name is Debbie.
On location in Austin, Texas, filming The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005). [December 2004]
(May 14, 2016) Married her longtime boyfriend Justin Cassotta following a 2-year-long engagement.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 23, a son named Jack Alexander Cassotta on November 23, 2016. Child's father is her husband, Justin Cassotta.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 26, a daughter named Adaline Joan Cassotta on March 22, 2019. Child's father is her husband, Justin Cassotta.

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