“I absolutely love acting and I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love so much! I hope that I can continue acting and I pray that I will get the chance do some more serious roles in the future. My dream is to grow into an amazing actress like Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, or Charlize Theron and someday earn an Academy Award.” Taylor Dooley
First gaining the spotlight when she won “The Cutest Baby” in her home state of Michigan, Taylor Dooley branched out into modeling and later acting. Her most popular role to date is Lava Girl in the Robert Rodriguez-directed major motion picture, “The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3-D” (2005).
The 5' 5" model/actress also appeared in a national commercial for Famous Footwear and Disney Superstar Kids, as well as print ads for the Mary Kate and Ashley clothing line and Honda's Odyssey minivans. She also graced a magazine cover and feature article for “Discovery Girl's” magazine.
Michigan's Cutest Baby
Childhood and Family:
On February 26, 1993, Taylor Marie Dooley was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where she was chosen the state's “The Cutest Baby” and won a modeling contract prize. Taylor is of Belgium, German and English descent on her mother's side and Irish, German, English and Sioux Indian descent on her father's side. She moved to Arizona with her parents when she was around 6. There she studied dance and acting while modeling. She joined the Phoenix Theater’s Performance Troop at age 9 and began working in commercials both in Arizona and California.
“My parents say I was always putting on some kind of show for the family, so it didn’t surprise them when I asked them to sign me up for a summer acting camp at the Phoenix Theater." Taylor Dooley
Taylor and her parents and younger brother Drew eventually moved to Los Angeles to further her acting career. She later worked on her craft at the prestigious Juilliard School.
While not filming, Taylor enjoys music, reading, dancing, computers, horseback riding, swimming and cheerleading. She is friends with AnnaSophia Robb, Cayden Boyd, Taylor Lautner, and Sasha Pieterse.
Taylor, who looks up to Angelina Jolie for all the charity work she does, is a big fan of actresses Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron, and actors 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 Notebook” (2004), “Walk the Line” (2005), and “High School Musical” (2006) (TV). She also likes to watch TV shows like "Heroes,” "The Office," "Entourage,” "Grey's Anatomy,” "The O.C.,” and "American Idol.”
Selected “The Cutest Baby” in a contest in her home state of Michigan, Taylor Dooley received a modeling contract as part of the contest prize. At age nine, she joined the Phoenix Theater's Performance Troop and continued modeling. She appeared in a national commercial for Famous Footwear and Disney Superstar Kids. She also graced a magazine cover and feature article for “Discovery Girl's” magazine and print ads for the Mary Kate and Ashley clothing line and Honda's Odyssey minivans.
“I was so freakin happy when I got to be a part of the 'Discovery Girls Magazine' Phoenix/Arizona issue. I was so excited when I found out that I got the cover of ‘DGM’ and they also asked me to write a feature article for the magazine about the 'The Down Side of Auditioning!' But the truth is no matter what I did in Arizona, all I could think about was getting back to L.A. to start auditioning again.” Taylor Dooley
Taylor's parents subsequently took her to Los Angeles so she could further her acting career. After losing out the role of Samantha Parkington in “Samantha: An American Girl Holiday” and the part of Liza in "Drake and Josh" (2004) to her friend AnnaSophia Robb, Taylor eventually won her first screen acting role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed major motion picture, “The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3-D” (2005). In the fantasy-adventure film, she played the starring role of Lava Girl (she had to dye her hair pink for the role), an imaginary (later comes to life) friend of a lonely 10-year-old boy. The film was a success among its intended children's audience and grossed $39 million in the United States. Taylor's performance in the film also received praise, earning her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress.
"He (Rodriguez) got into the habit of calling us Sharky and Lava. We both heard about the audition from our agents. I auditioned five times before I actually got the part." Taylor Dooley (on how she got the part in “The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3-D,” 2005)
Following her big screen debut, Taylor appeared in Geretta's independent drama film "Whitepaddy" (2006; with Sherilyn Fenn and Lisa Bonet) and Kyle Colavitti's 21-minute short film, "Apology" (2006). She also co-starred in a Halloween-themed straight-to-video movie "Monster Night" (2006; aka “National Lampoon's Clubhouse film Trick or Treat”), alongside Jake Thomas, Matthew Lawrence, Nikki Griffin, Robert Carradine and Vanessa Angel.
“The hardest part about being a actress for me is that you don't really have much free time when you're auditioning all the time. There's just not much time to be a kid and so my weekends are my opportunities to be a kid and spend time with my friends.” Taylor Dooley