Who is Taylor Dooley?
American actress Taylor Marie Dooley was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan USA, on 26 February 1993, making Pisces her zodiac sign. She’s appeared in only two TV series and six movies, and is perhaps known best for playing Lavagirl in the 2020 action comedy movie “We Can Be Heroes”, which starred Pedro Pascal and YaYa Gosselin, and was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It follows a group of superheroes who’ve been captured by alien invaders, while their children now have to save the day; the movie received mostly negative reviews.
Taylor’s recently become more focused on her acting career, and is currently shooting for two upcoming movies: the romantic action fantasy “Devotion” and the crime horror “Grimmerson Manor”.
Education and early life
Taylor and her younger brother Drew Dooley were raised in Grosse Pointe by their mother Debbie and father John Dooley, however, Taylor’s family prefers to stay away from media and she thus avoids speaking about them in public.
She fell in love with acting at a very early age, as she and her brother enjoyed watching TV on a daily basis; Taylor was 10 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Minister Rozhan in the 2003 episode “Grave Matters” of the science fiction action mini-series “Star Trek: Hidden Frontier”, which starred David Dial and Barbara Clifford, and was created by Rob Caves. Set after the events of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, the mini-series follows new missions of Starfleet.
Taylor studied at a local high school in Grosse Pointe and was interested in several activities during her time there, as she played volleyball and soccer, took dance lessons and played chess.
She matriculated in 2011, and then enrolled at college, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2015.
Roles in movies
Taylor’s debut film role was playing Lavagirl in the 2005 action comedy “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D”, which starred George Lopez and Cayden Boyd, and was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It follows the adventures of a young boy and his imaginary friends Lavagirl and Sharkboy, and the film won one of its 11 award nominations. Taylor was invited to reprise her role as Lavagirl 15 years later, in the above mentioned movie “We Can Be Heroes”.
She portrayed Judy Aged 11 in the 2006 short film “Apology”, and the same year saw her play Dana Ackerman in the adventure family comedy “Monster Night”, which starred Robert Carradine and Christian Salazar, and was written and directed by Lorenzo Doumani. It follows a teenage boy who’s been forced to babysit his brother and sister on Halloween, while they’ve now discovered that their house is haunted.
Also in 2006, Taylor played Mary in the fantasy “Whitepaddy”, which starred Lisa Bonet and Sherilyn Fenn, and was written and directed by Geretta Geretta; it follows members of a white family as they’re falling in love with their black neighbors.
Taylor’s only other film role has been portraying the lead character Eden in the 2017 crime drama “Hell Mountain”, which also starred Markus Innocenti and Megan Collaso, and which Jesse Pomeroy wrote and directed; it follows a young reporter as she’s investigating an abandoned haunted house, and has discovered a connection between it and Hell Mountain.
Roles in TV series
Taylor’s had only one other TV series role besides “Star Trek: Hidden Frontier”; in 2008, she portrayed Rachelle in the episode “Joy to the World” of the critically acclaimed mystery “House”, which starred Omar Epps and Hugh Laurie, and was created by David Shore. It follows the work of an anti-social maverick doctor, the series aired from 2004 through 2012, and won 57 of its 197 award nominations.
Taylor appeared in a 2005 episode of the talk-show “U-Pick Live”.
She was featured in the 2009 family fantasy show “The Alyson Stoner Project”.
Awards and nominations
Taylor was nominated for a 2006 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress, for “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D”.
Love life husband
Taylor prefers to keep her family away from media, but some things about her husband and children are still known.
She and American non-celebrity Justin Cassotta exchanged vows in a small and private ceremony in May 2016; Taylor and Justin had previously been together for five years, and it’s believed that they met at college.
Not long after the wedding ceremony, Taylor gave birth to their son Jack Alexander Cassotta, and their daughter Adaline Joan Cassotta followed on 22 March 2019.
Taylor hasn’t spoken about the men whom she had been with prior to meeting Justin; she’s married to Justin Cassotta as of June 2023, and they have two children together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
More than 300,000 people are following Taylor on Instagram today, and she’s posted over 250 pictures and videos onto the network; most of these feature her spending time with her husband and their children.
Taylor spends most of her spare time with her children.
She’s a lover of animals and horses are her favorites; she’s dreaming about owning a ranch on which she could treat abandoned animals.
Taylor’s physically quite active, as she works out at the gym nearly every day, while she also meditates and does yoga.
She’s deeply religious, and goes to church at least once a week.
Taylor’s a philanthropist and enjoys volunteering with charity organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children.
One of her favorite actresses is Angelina Jolie, mostly because of her philanthropic work; some of Taylor’s favorite movies include “Taking Lives”, “Those Who Wish Me Dead”, and “Kung Fu Panda”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Taylor’s age is 30. She has brown eyes and hair, but usually dyes her hair blonde; she’s 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs around 125lbs (56kgs).
Taylor’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million, as of June 2023.