A Sweet 17 Pics For Prison Gal Taylor Schilling’s 30th Birthday

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Taylor Schilling has gone from sex scenes with Zac Efron to Emmy-nominated star of the smash hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. It’s hard to believe, but Taylor only just made her screen debut in 2007 in the Meryl Streep film Dark Matter. Though that film is largely forgotten now, there’s simply nothing forgettable about Taylor. [photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts 30 years ago today, Taylor got her undergrad degree from Fordham University, and was accepted into a graduate program at NYU, though she dropped out in 2006 to pursue acting full-time. Looks as if that decision paid off handsomely. Taylor landed in a hit film as Ben Affleck‘s estranged wife in the 2012 Best Picture winner Argo, and it would only be a few months later that she’d become a household name thanks to her role as Piper Chapman on Orange is the New Black.

Taylor opened the series having a steamy topless make-out session with co-star Laura Prepon, instantly gaining her our undying devotion. Little did we know how amazing she would turn out to be, especially in the recently released second season. It’s hard to believe she’s only 30 because she seems to have done so much already, but it’s true, and we just can’t imagine life without Taylor. She really is like a Pied “Piper” for red-blooded males everywhere…

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