Many girls Taylor Cole’s age are worrying about their next semester of classes, the latest pink lipstick and perhaps, what Saturday night might bring in the way of fun. Twenty-year-old Cole, born and raised in Arlington, however, is concerned about the next day’s lines as the raven-haired ingénue of the WB Network’s newest dramatic hit, Summerland. In a business where time is money, she has to be her best during filming, so preparation is key. I recently caught up with Cole in between takes to see how this model-turned-actress is handling her new career, finds the perfect outfit for an L.A. party and about helping one of Paul Newman’s causes.
Lance Avery Morgan: OK, Taylor, I have to admit, you’ve become a star almost overnight. How did you land the really cool role like of Erika Spaulding in your series?
Taylor Cole: I was living in New York for about a year. When I moved out to L.A., I landed the spot as a Summerland guest star at first, and then they asked me to join the cast. I couldn’t believe it. How lucky am I?
LAM: Many people may not know that Summerland is a family affair. Literally. Tell me about that.
TC: That’s right. My stepfather, Shawn Christian, is a star on the series, and is so great work with because I can ask him stupid questions I can’t ask anyone else. In fact, the entire set is like a family. I learn something new every day, whether it is an attitude or even a smile. We have as much fun off the set as we do on it. We all hang out together – both the cast and crew.
LAM: I found out you’re also learning to surf for the show – can you hang ten yet?
TC: I’ve taken a couple of lessons down in Mexico – the waves are softer and nicer to me there. They don’t crash and make for a smoother, longer ride. The waves here on the beaches of L.A. are pretty rough, and the competition for room out there in the water with all the experienced surfers is fierce.
LAM: You’re also a gifted athlete – has that discipline helped you with juggling so many demands at a young age?