“Girls from Texas are not all about big hair and makeup, and I never rode my horse to school. I swear.” Taylor Cole
Texas native Taylor Cole was a fashion model before switching gears to acting. The star of Ryan Cabrera's music video “True” and Papa Roach's “Scars” (both 2004), Cole made her promising debut as Erika Spalding in the drama series “Summerland” (The WB, 2004-2005). She recalled, “Just like my character Erika, I can't seem to stop flirting with everybody on the set.”
The hazel eyed beauty has since appeared in the TV shows “Numb3rs,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Supernatural,” “Heroes,” “Melrose Place” and “Secret Girlfriend,” among others, and in the films “All You've Got” (2006), “Loaded” (2008), “An American in China” (2008), “12 Rounds” (2009), “Surrogates” (2009) and “The Violent Kind” (2010).
Childhood and Family:
“I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, but that doesn't mean you can put me in a category.” Taylor Cole
Taylor Quinn Cole was born on April 29, 1984, in Arlington, Texas. She graduated from Lamar High School in Arlington in 2002 and then attended the University of Arizona. In high school, she joined the volleyball team and traveled with the Junior Olympics volleyball squad. It was also in high school that she got her start in modeling. She later relocated to New York City to further pursue her modeling career. While visiting her mother, Deborah Quinn, and stepfather, actor Shawn Christian, in Los Angeles, she got a role in “Summerland,” which led to her subsequent move to Hollywood.
Taylor has a half brother named Kameron. She is fascinated by martial arts.
Taylor Cole began her modeling career while in high school and traveled around the world to do photo shoots. Some of the countries she visited included France, Italy, Australia and Germany. She also appeared in various commercials and advertisements, including ones for Old Spice, Dooney & Bourke handbags and Crest toothpaste. In an attempt to further her modeling career, Cole moved to New York City but she soon landed a regular role in The WB's drama series “Summerland” (2004-2005), which was co-created by and starred Lori Loughlin. In the series, Cole played Erika Spalding, a girlfriend of Jay Robertsons (played by Ryan Kwanten) and Bradin Westerly’s (played by Jesse McCartney) surfing instructor. Cole's stepfather, Shawn Christian, also acted with her in the series as Johnny Durant. Cole moved from New York City to Los Angeles for shooting purposes.
“All about chasing boys and making trouble. Oh, and she also happens to be a surf instructor, which is pretty ironic since I don't know how to surf yet.” Taylor Cole (on her character Erika)
After the cancellation of “Summerland,” Cole memorably played Brandi in the episode “Double Down” of the CBS hit series “Numb3rs,” Bianca Desmond in the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” episode “Daddy's Little Girl” and Sarah Blake in an episode of “Supernatural” called “Provenance” (all 2006). The same year, she also guest starred in “CSI: Miami” and “Family Guy” and appeared in “That Guy,” a 12 minute length comedy directed by Dash Mihok and written by Lee Michael Kozakoff. She also had the important supporting role of Kaitlan in the MTV sport themed “All You've Got.” The film starred Adrienne Bailon of the pop group The Cheetah Girls as Gabby, singer and songwriter Ciara in her film debut as Becca Watley, and fashion model turned actress Sarah Mason as Lauren McDonald.
Following a part in “Movin G” (2007), a comedy film directed by J. Fabian, Cole was cast as Alex in the Alan Pao directed film “Loaded” (2008), which starred Jesse Metcalfe, Corey Large, Chace Crawford and Johnny Messner. She then appeared as Jennifer in Ron Berrett's drama “An American in China” (2008, released theatrical in China in 2010), starring James Snyder and Sun Fei Fei, and Desiree Cartier in the direct to video horror film “April Fool's Day” (2008), opposite Josh Henderson and Scout Taylor-Compton. Meanwhile, on the small screen, she starred as Jessie Chase in the TV film “Finish Line” with Scott Baio, and guest starred in “Do Not Disturb.”
Cole portrayed the recurring role of Rachel Mills in four episodes of the hit TV series “Heroes” (2008-2009). She then appeared as Nikki Atkins in an episode of “Cold Case” called “Lotto Fever” and Trudy Chandler in the “Melrose Place” episode “Nightingale” (both 2009). From October to November 2009, she played the recurring role of Martina on the Comedy Central show “Secret Girlfriend,” starring Sara E. R. Fletcher, Alexis Krause, Michael Blaiklock and Derek Miller. The show received mixed reviews from critics. 2009 also saw her play Erica Kessen in “12 Rounds,” an action film produced by WWE films, and appear as a lawyer in director Jonathan Mostow's science fiction film “Surrogates,” which starred Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell.
Recently, in 2010, Cole costarred with Gigi Benson, Samuel Child, Joe Egender and David Fine in the horror flick “The Violent Kid.” The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2010. She will play June in the upcoming comedy film “Melvin Smarty,” which is being co-directed by Simon Mathew and Victoria Raiser. Helena Mattsson and Mark Matkevich will star in the film as Sylvia and Sebastian, respectively.