Laurie in Halloween
"My advice would be to keep striving until you fulfill your dreams. It may take awhile or you may get lucky from the beginning, but however long it takes, it’s a learning process along the way. There will be ups and downs, as there are with any career, sport, hobby, so don’t let them distract you from your dream. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, because you can do anything you set your mind to." Scout Taylor-Compton
Acting since the age of 9, Scout Taylor-Compton was first noticed on TV while playing the recurring role of Clara Forester (2001-2004) on the WB comedy series “Gilmore Girls” and has appeared in such shows as "Ally McBeal," "ER," "Frasier," "The Guardian," "The Division," "Hidden Howie," "Cold Case," "That's So Raven," "Charmed" and "Without a Trace."
On the big screen, Taylor-Compton made her debut opposite Alexa Vega in the teen comedy movie “Sleepover” (2004). She has starred in the films "Tomorrow Is Today" (2006), "Wicked Little Things" (2006), "An American Crime" (2007) and the newly released remake of the 1978 film, "Halloween" (2007), as Michael Myers' baby sister Laurie Strode, a role played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the original film. Next, she will be seen in the upcoming horror films "Pearblossom" and "April Fool's Day."
Taylor-Compton is planning to branch out her career into music. She is currently recording her first rock album.
"I truly hope that I can inspire others to fulfill their dreams." Scout Taylor-Compton
5' 3", strawberry blonde, blue/green-eyed Taylor-Compton made headlines in August 2005 when she ran away from home following a family dispute. She was found at a friend’s home two weeks later and returned to her family.
Childhood and Family:
“I guess I don’t see myself as others do. I’m just a normal kid, like any other teen, but my main hobby happens to be acting.” Scout Taylor-Compton
Daughter to a mortician father, Desariee Starr Compton, nicknamed “Scoutie” or “Skully,” was born on February 21, 1989, in Long Beach, California. In August 2005, when she was 16 years old, Scout ran away from home in Apple Valley, California, after a family disagreement. Two weeks later, she was found at a friend's house and was declared "a runaway who did not want to be found" by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's office. She returned to her family soon afterward.
Scout later admitted, “I made a mistake. I was going through regular teenager stuff.”
Scout, whose favorite subjects are Science and English, was a home schooled student with a 4.0 grade point average. She lists her special skills as softball, gymnastics, volleyball, dance (tap & jazz; she is a member of a local theater group called "Shenanigans"), swimming, and is learning guitar/keyboard/drums. She currently attends a Music Academy where she trains with top coaches in voice, dance, choreography and drums and takes part in charity events for disabled and disadvantaged children as a Celebrity Youth Member of Kids With a Cause. She is also in an anti-drug commercial.
Scout has three cats, Sprocket, Jordan, Baby, and one dog, Bear.
Tomorrow Is Today
At age 9, Scout Taylor-Compton made her first debut in acting as a little girl in Clay Westervelt's 18-minute drama film “Thursday Afternoon” and Stephanie Leigh Bulgarino's short drama film “6/29” (both in 1998). Later, she landed her first recurring role, as Fairy (2000-2006), on the WB supernatural drama series "Charmed."
Meanwhile, she began appearing as a guest in such shows as Fox’s popular drama comedy series starring Calista Flockhart, "Ally McBeal," NBC’s hit medical drama "ER" and NBC’s sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier." She also appeared in several TV commercials, including one for Disney Channel’s Toon Preschool, Fuji Film, Tenet Hospital, and Disney Cruise Line. She was also seen in the “Fragile” music video for industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.
From 2001 to 2004, Taylor-Compton played the recurring role of Clara Forester on the WB/CW comedy "Gilmore Girls." Her performance was later awarded a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress.
During that time, she also continued acting in short films. She appeared in Lisa Ginsburg's 13-minute drama "Chicken Night" (2001) and Eve Bregman's 10-minute comedy "Afterschool Delight" (2003). Additionally, she could be seen in Noah Stern's musical drama film "7 Songs" (2003), alongside Chris Eigeman and Lola Glaudini. She also appeared in the Men in Black II music video and in the Will Smith music video for “Nod Your Head.”
Taylor-Compton landed another recurring role, as Tiffany Skovich (2003-2004), on CBS’ drama series "The Guardian." Her performance later earned her a second nomination at the Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young Actress.
Meanwhile, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC’s short-lived legal drama starring Rob Lowe, "The Lyon's Den," and the popular Lifetime TV series "The Division." She also appeared in the made-for-television movies "Audrey's Rain" (2003; starring Jean Smart and Richard Gilliland) and "Class Actions" (2004; with Diane Venora and Tangi Miller).
In 2004, Taylor-Compton was originally cast as one of the 'six chicks' in Gary Winick's comedy movie starring Jennifer Garner, "13 Going on 30," but her part, as well as four of the other six chicks, was recast for appearing too old. That same year, she landed her first full length feature film when director Joe Nussbaum cast her as Farrah, a unique girl with a style and flair all her own, in the teen/comedy movie "Sleepover," starring Alexa Vega. Her performance later handed her another Young Artist Award nomination, this time for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast. Afterward, she retreated to the small screen and played a recurring role, as Molly (2004-2005), on Nickelodeon's show starring Emma Roberts, "Unfabulous."
In 2005, Taylor-Compton played Madison Jackson's (played by Alex Mandel) girlfriend in the comedy show starring Canadian comedian Howie Mandel, "Hidden Howie” and was spotted as a guest in an episode of Disney Channel’s Emmy-nominated sitcom "That's So Raven" and CBS’ detective drama “Cold Case.”
2006 saw Taylor-Compton in Jack Swanstrom's war drama film starring David Morse and John C. McGinley, "A.W.O.L.," and in Matthew Gordon's 34-minute family/drama film The Honeyfields. About the latter film, she explained, "I just finished filming an AFI Thesis Film called 'The Honey Fields' (2006). The director, Matthew Gordon, was really good. He’s really great with kids. I play a character by the name of Mary Beth and basically I break up the relationship between two brothers and in the end one of us is killed."
Also in 2006, Taylor-Compton played one of the daughters of a recently widowed mother (played by Lori Heuring) in J.S. Cardone's zombie movie “Wicked Little Things.” Additionally, she guest starred in a November 2006 episode of the canceled FOX FBI drama series "Standoff."
After starring as a young girl who saves the life of a hapless drifter (played by Mark Hefti) in Frederic Lumiere's romantic drama film “Tomorrow Is Today” (2006; the role won her a Best Actress Award from Method Fest), Taylor-Compton portrayed Stephanie, the daughter of Gertrude Baniszewski "The Torture Mother" (played by Catherine Keener), in Tommy O'Haver's true story-based film "An American Crime." Recently, after losing the lead role in the Pang brothers' supernatural thriller film “The Messengers” (2007) to Kristen Stewart, Taylor-Compton was cast in Rob Zombie's remake of the 1978 film, "Halloween" (2007), as Michael Myers' (played by Tyler Mane) baby sister, Laurie Strode.
Tackling the role played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the original “Halloween” film, Taylor-Compton said, "I was watching the original one when I was going to audition for this, to see how I could bring Jamie Lee Curtis into it. But I've changed [Laurie Strode] a lot. She's Scout now. I think we're going to spice her up a little bit, make her a little bit more real rather than the girl next door. There are some problems, I'm sure, that she'd be dealing with. Going through this kind of tragedy does stuff to you.”
Taylor-Compton has completed an upcoming family TV movie titled “Love's Unfolding Dream,” in which she will take the lead role. She is currently filming “Pearblossom,” a horror film by writer/director Ron Carlson and is set to star in Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores' forthcoming horror movie "April Fool's Day."
On stage, Taylor-Compton, a member of a local theater group called "Shenanigans," made her stage debut in August of 2000 in “Annie and Annie Warbucks” at The Grove Theatre in Upland, California, owned by the Sam Kinison Family. She recently completed a summer run of “Footloose” at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center and has been asked back next summer for “Music Man.”
Taylor-Compton is continuing her training in acting and has private acting lessons with Dennis LaValle, Gary Spatz and Kevin McDermott. She also takes vocal lessons with Diane Gillespie and the Vocal Power Institute and is currently recording her first rock album.
"I'm currently working on my punk rock/pop album with ERA Productions and in addition will begin working with a very well-known punk/pop singer." Scout Taylor-Compton
Method Fest: Best Actress, "Tomorrow Is Today," 2007