Taryn Manning

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Taryn Manning
Background information
Born(1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 34)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
GenresPop, rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, actress, fashion designer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsDreamworks Records
Little Vanilla Records
Associated actsBoomkat, Mystic, Butch Walker, Nickelback, will.i.am
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Taryn Manning
Background information
Born(1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 34)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
GenresPop, rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, actress, fashion designer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsDreamworks Records
Little Vanilla Records
Associated actsBoomkat, Mystic, Butch Walker, Nickelback, will.i.am

Taryn Manning (born November 6, 1978) is an American actress, fashion designer, and singer-songwriter. She is the vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat and co-owner of the clothing brand Born Uniqorn.[1] Manning gained her first major role as an actress in 2001 when she played the role of Maddy in Crazy/Beautiful. She is well known for her film portrayals in Crossroads, 8 Mile, A Lot Like Love, Hustle & Flow, Weirdsville, and Jack and Jill vs. the World.[2]

Early life[edit source | edit]

Taryn Manning was born to Sharyn and Bill Manning, who divorced when she was two months old. Her mother took Taryn and her brother Kellin to Tucson, Arizona. At the age of 12, Manning and her mother moved to California, where she attended school in Encinitas, California - Oak Crest. She has been the State Champion in Karate in Arizona.[3][unreliable source?] When she was 14, her musician father, Bill, committed suicide.[4]

Acting career[edit source | edit]

1999–2005: Career beginnings[edit source | edit]

Manning began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in small roles in several film and television productions, including episodes of The Practice, Get Real, Speedway Junky, NYPD Blue and Popular. She also made a guest-appearance on the TV series Boston Public, in a role that was specifically written for her. In 1999, she was featured in an independent film called Speedway Junky. She also auditioned for the American version of Popstars, which aired in early 2001 on The WB.

She made her film debut with a part in the romantic drama Crazy/Beautiful, which was followed by a role in the 2002 feature film, Crossroads, where she played one of two best friends of singer Britney Spears. She appeared in 8 Mile as B-Rabbit's ex girlfriend, Janeane, and in Peter Kosminksy's White Oleander. Along with supporting roles in the films Lucky 13 and Debating Robert Lee, Manning appeared briefly in Anthony Minghella's Civil War melodrama Cold Mountain and in the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love.

E! Online picked her for its "Sizzlin' 16" list of 2002.[5] She has appeared on the covers of the July 2003 issue of FHM, the May 2007 issue of Stuff and was the December 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.[6] She was ranked #33 in Stuff magazine's 103 Sexiest Women in 2003,[7] #59 in Maxim`s Hot 100 Women 2003 and #60 in 2008.[8]

2005–present: Independent films and breakthrough[edit source | edit]

Her breakthrough role was as Nola in the 2005 film Hustle & Flow, opposite Terrence Howard, playing a prostitute in Memphis, Tennessee. Manning was nominated in the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance.[9] Director Craig Brewer saw Manning's picture in a photography book and was convinced that the actress who played Nola should look just like her. "There are some people who put on trashy like a wardrobe, and Taryn can play those roles with dignity and earnestness," Brewer said of Manning. In a "making of" featurette on the Hustle & Flow DVD, "Behind the Hustle", Brewer talks about how surprised and delighted he was to later realize that the model who had originally inspired his image of Nola's look turned out to also be the actress playing her.

Her other subsequent film roles included roles in Unbeatable Harold and When the Nines Roll Over.[9] When the Nines Roll Over is a drama film centred around a jaded hipster A&R executive tries to steal a talented and sexy young singer away from a small label.[10] Her next film was Weirdsville, a dark comedy co-starring Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley.[11] Boomkat's song "It's Not My Fault" appeared on the soundtrack for the film as a duet by Manning and John Rowley. In 2007, she played Ivy Chitty on the short-lived but critically acclaimed Fox television series Drive, which was a drama about various people competing in an illegal cross-country road race.[9] In After Sex, seven short films within one, Manning played the supporting role of Alanna.[9] She had leading roles in the horror films Cult and Banshee; in the latter, she performed her own stunts.[12] "I got hurt one day during one of the chase scenes, where another car crashed into my car," Manning explained of her stunts.[13]

Manning appeared opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the romantic comedy Jack and Jill vs. the World. She played Rita Cherry on four episodes of Sons of Anarchy; co-star Katey Sagal called her performance fantastic.[14] At first she made a guest appearance on the show and later rejoined, because her performance was so well received.[15] Later in 2008 she appeared as the female lead in Butch Walker's music video for "The Weight Of Her" and in will.i.am's collage-style music video, "Yes We Can".[16][17] She co-starred with Bill Pullman in the drama film Your Name Here, in which she played Nikki, who is based on Victoria Principal.[18] The film is based loosely on sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick's life.[19]

Manning's dream role would be in a musical like Moulin Rouge!, because she "grew up dancing". When she was a child, she appeared in many musicals and plays. She admires her friend Gina Gershon's musical appearances.[20] In 2009, she appeared as Rose Atropos in a dramatic music-themed film The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll. The film received mostly favorable reviews from critics and fans.[21] Manning joined forces with Ron Perlman in two 2009 films, The Devil's Tomb and The Job. She also appeared in a horror film Kill Theory, which tells the story of a group of college students, who find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer.[22] Drama film The Job premiered at the San Diego Film Festival on September 25, 2009. Critics called the film "entertaining and fun with twists that arrives like clockwork".[23]

In 2009, Taryn portrayed Caroline Bishop, the love interest to Kris Black's coal miner turned boxer in Five Good Years.[24] In February 2010, she was cast in the 2010 remake of Hawaii Five-0 as the younger sister of main character Steve McGarrett.[25]

In early 2012, Taryn signed on to star in the supernatural Web Series The Unknown, which premiered on Crackle on Friday, July 13, 2012.

In 2013, she played Tiffany Doggett in the original Netflix comedy-drama series Orange is the New Black.

Music career[edit source | edit]

2003–2011: Pop music beginnings and Boomkat[edit source | edit]

In 2003, Manning and her brother Kellin formed the band Boomkat. The band first signed a major label deal with American Idol producer Randy Jackson, but the deal fell through. Robbie Robertson then signed them to DreamWorks Records, which was Boomkat's label from 2002 to 2004. In 2002, she sang a rendition of "I'll Take You There" with Tweet in several Gap commercials directed by Peter Lindbergh. Their debut album, Boomkatalog.One, was released on March 18, 2003. Boomkat released two singles "The Wreckoning" and "What U Do 2 Me". The first single, "The Wreckoning", hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The band closed out 2003 as the #5 Hot Dance Club Play Artist for the year in Billboard Magazine.[26] Music from Boomkatalog.One has also appeared in movies, including Mean Girls, Crossroads, The Hot Chick, 8 Mile and The Italian Job.

After a hiatus, in an interview in October 2005's issue of Nylon magazine, Manning mentioned that Boomkat would be back eventually, and that she is writing songs for the new album once they find another record label.[27] Boomkat released their first single in four years, called "Runaway" on April 8, 2008. In early June 2008 Boomkat's second album A Million Trillion Stars became available in online stores. In October 2008, Boomkat played several shows throughout the Los Angeles area, hitting spots like North Hollywood's NOHO Scene Festival and venues such as the Viper Room and Hotel Cafe. In December 2008 Manning recorded a version of Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over Again", which premiered on her official Myspace page. On March 3, 2009, their official first single, "Run Boy" was released along with a visually electric music video. The single premiered on People.com.[28] A Million Trillion Stars was officially released in stores on March 10, 2009 by independent record label, Little Vanilla Records. In 2009, Manning was featured on indie band Dreamers' song "Lonely World", as well as in their new music video called "The Dreamers". In the music video, she takes on the role of Ring Master.[29] On October 28, 2009, she announced that Boomkat is working on their third studio album.[30]

The bands 5th music video from A Million Trillion Stars premiered on MySpace on Wednesday February 17, 2010.

2009–present: Solo career[edit source | edit]

In September 2009, Manning stated that she is working on a solo album. The album is "dance music and it’s colorful, flamboyant, if you will. Boomkat’s a little darker, experimental, like Portishead kind of stuff," she told in an interview with Adam Bernard.[31] She sang her first solo single, "So Talented" in an episode of Melrose Place.[32][33] The song was written with the producer Linney (Darkchild Entertainment). On September 3, 2009, it was confirmed that two tracks were completed for the album.[34]

After the song "Spotlight" was featured in an episode of Manning's show Hawaii Five-0, it was released as a teaser for the album via iTunes & Amazon MP3. "Turn It Up" is being released as the first official single. The music video premiered on People.com on May 4, 2011. "Turn It Up" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Chart in October 2011.

Taryn's single 'Send Me Your Love' was released digitally worldwide on August 21, 2012. It was also featured on Perez Hilton the next day. The song is the first official single from her solo album intitled 'Freedom City' to be released September 2012.

Other ventures[edit source | edit]

Boomkat's record company, Little Vanilla Records is owned by Manning. She has a clothing line called Born Uniqorn with best friend Tara Jane. The brand was founded in fall 2005. Born Uniqorn has hosted many benefits for charity organizations in Los Angeles.[35] Her fashion icons are Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. Manning was honored with "Film Fashion Visionary" award at the 2009 Bel Air Film Festival.[36] She has appeared in Juicy Couture's advertising campaign and in Frankie B`s spring 2009 campaign. They shot a short film, which follows a day in the life of a Frankie B. woman. The video is called "Let's Get Lost" which is the original song featured in the video by musician Gilby Clarke with vocals by Manning.[37]

She was cover featured in the yearly "Sex & Music" issue of Playboy for April 2011.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Manning was aboard the JetBlue Airways Flight 292 that had to make a three hour figure-8 flight and emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on September 21, 2005.[38] In her own words: "it was the most surreal, out-of-body experience I ever had".[39]

Discography[edit source | edit]

Albums[edit source | edit]

2013Freedom City (2013)

Singles[edit source | edit]

2009"So Talented"Freedom City
2011"Turn It Up"
2012"Send Me Your Love"
2013"Summer Ashes"

Miscellaneous[edit source | edit]

2008"Christmas All Over Again" (Cover)Duet by Taryn Manning and Butch Walker.
2009"Let's Get Lost"Recorded for the Frankie B Spring 2009 collection promotion.
"Lonely World"Dreamers featuring Taryn Manning and Ilsey Juber.
2011"Here It Comes Again"Duet by Taryn Manning and Butch Walker.

Filmography[edit source | edit]

1999Speedway JunkyGirl in carUncredited
The SpecialsAutograph hound
Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story (TV)Groupie
2000Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (TV)Tattooed dancer
2001Crazy/BeautifulMaddyBoomkat's "Bein' Bad" is featured in the movie.
2002CrossroadsMimiBoomkat's "Crazy Love" is featured in the movie.[40]
White OleanderNiki
8 MileJaneaneSoundtrack: 8 Mile soundtrack, Boomkat - "Wasting My Time"
2003Cold MountainShyla
2004DandelionDanny Voss
2005Hustle & FlowNolaNominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Breakthrough Performance
Lucky 13Sam
A Lot Like LoveEllen Martin
2006Unbeatable HaroldSandyAlso as Song Performer - "Harold Has Arrived"
The BreedSara
When the Nines Roll OverMolly MinxShort film with Adam Scott
Banshee (TV)Sage RionTV-Movie
After SexAlanna
WeirdsvilleMatildaAlso credited as Mattie
Soundtrack: Weirdsville Soundtrack, Taryn Manning - "It's Not My Fault"
2008Jack and Jill vs. the WorldJilllimited release
Your Name HereNikki
2009Kill TheoryAlex
The Devil's TombDoc
The JobJoyAlso as Song Performer - "Picture Of You"
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' RollRose Atropos
2010Waking MadisonMargaret
GroupieRiley SimmsAlso as Associate Producer
Love RanchMallory
Redemption RoadJackiePreviously known as Black, White & Blues
Heaven's RainLeslieSoundtrack: Taryn Manning - "Love, Reign O'er Me"
2011The Speed of ThoughtKiraDirect-to-DVD
Man Without A HeadKamilaCompleted
Zombie ApocalypseRamonaSyFy Original Movie
2013White Trash Christmas CarolTBAPost-Production
1999–2000Get RealRebecca PeabodyRecurring character (Multiple Episodes, Season 1)
1999The PracticeJenny Rains"Of Human Bondage" (Episode 14, Season 3)
2000Pacific BlueN/A"Blind Eye" (Episode 21, Season 5)
PopularAshley Carmichael"Misery Loathes Company" (Episode 8, Season 2)
2001NYPD BlueTracy"Oh Golly Goth" (Episode 9, Season 8)
Boston PublicCara Glynne"Chapter Twenty-Seven" (Episode 5, Season 2)
2003Punk'dHerself"Episode #2.6" (Episode 6, Season 2)
The Twilight ZoneTina Bishop"Fair Warning" (Episode 26, Season 1)
2005CSI: MiamiHeidi Dillon"Money Plane" (Episode 17, Season 3)
2007Viva LaughlinGeneva"What a Whale Wants" (Episode 2, Season 1)
DriveIvy Chitty / Ellie LairdRecurring character (Multiple episodes, Season 1)
On Set, on EdgeHerselfTV mini-series based on Jack and Jill vs. the World
2008–2010Sons of AnarchyRita "Cherry"Recurring character (Multiple episodes, Season 1, Return in Season 3)
2009Free RadioHerself"Earthquake" (Episode 6, Season 2)
Melrose PlaceHerself"Grand" (Episode 3, Season 1)
2010–2012Hawaii Five-0Mary Ann McGarrettRecurring character
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLarissa Welsh / Brandy“Possessed” (Episode 12, Season 12)
2012Burn NoticeNicole"Mixed Messages" (Episode 2, Season 6)
2013Oh Sit!HerselfAs Musical Guest - "Send Me Your Love" (Episode 6, Season 2)
Orange Is The New BlackTiffany DoggettRecurring character (Multiple Episodes, Season 1)
The RealHerselfGuest
Music videos
2007"Rockstar"RockstarNickelback Music Video
2008"The Weight of Her"Love interestButch Walker Music Video
"Yes We Can"will.i.am Music Video
2009"The Dreamers"Ring MasterDreamers Music Video
2012"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"Ex-girlfriendTrain Music Video
"Spectrum"Alien Love InterestZedd Music Video

Awards and nominations[edit source | edit]

YearAwardAward ceremonyNotesResult
2005Best Breakthrough PerformanceWashington D.C. Area Film Critics AssociationFor Hustle & FlowNominated
2006Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureScreen Actors Guild AwardsFor Hustle & FlowNominated
Best EnsembleBlack Reel AwardsFor Hustle & FlowNominated
2009Film Fashion VisionaryBel Air Film FestivalHerselfWon

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Medina, Marcy Manning's Born Uniqorn debuts High Beam. June 24, 2004. Retrieved on October 22, 2009.
  2. ^ Films by Taryn Manning Rotten Tomatoes. October 22, 2009.
  3. ^ Taryn Manning Trivia and Quotes TV.com. Taryn Manning Trivia and Quotes. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Fonseca, Nicholas (2009-03-28). "The Heartbreak Kid". EW. Retrieved 2005-07-22. 
  5. ^ A celebration of E! Online's picks for year's 16 most promising stars In Base Line. Documentary/Interview. 2002. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  6. ^ Taryn Manning photos Maxim. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  7. ^ Biography for celebrity Taryn Manning Retrieved October 21, 2009.
  8. ^ Taryn Manning's place in Maxim's The 2003 Hot 100 List Maxim, 2003. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  9. ^ a b c d Taryn Manning Actor page. Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008
  10. ^ When the Nines Roll Over (2006) In Base Line. October 25, 2009.
  11. ^ Taryn starring in "Weirdsville" with Wes Bentley Darkhorizons.com
  12. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (2009-03-28). "Taryn Manning Is One Badass Banshee". Ksusentinel. Retrieved 2006-06-23. 
  13. ^ Crook, John (2009-03-28). "Manning Kicks Butt, Takes Names in 'Banshee'". Zap2it. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  14. ^ Sons of Anarchy actress Taryn Manning Screen Junkie. September 3, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  15. ^ Taryn Manning: Steal her Sons of Anarchy hairstyle Karen Marie Shelton (10/11/08) Hair Boutique. (10/10/2008). Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  16. ^ Taryn Manning to star in Butch Walker's next video October 27, 2008. By Shirley Halperin. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  17. ^ Catarinella, Alex (2009-03-30). "Taryn Manning Does It All". Black Book Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  18. ^ Bartyzel, Monika (2009-03-28). "Taryn Manning Leaves Sex and Drugs for Robots in "Your Name Here"". Cinematical. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  19. ^ “YOUR NAME HERE” (2008) Starring: Bill Pullman, Taryn Manning, Traci Lords Polly Staffle. June 2008. October 25, 2009.
  20. ^ Taryn Manning: "I can't hide the rock star in me" Paper Magazine. Alex Cartinella. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
  21. ^ Newport Beach Film Festival 2009: The Perfect Age Of Rock 'N' Roll Newport Beach. Scott Rosenbaum. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  22. ^ Kill Theory (2009) Film.com. October 25, 2009.
  23. ^ The Job at the San Diego Film Festival Beth Accomando. (September 24, 2009). Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  24. ^ FourTwoFive Films Bruce Reisman talks about film "Five Good Years." Taryn Manning and Jerry Ferrara to join cast. August 30, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  25. ^ "Taryn Manning joins 'Hawaii Five-O'". Reuters. February 16, 2010. 
  26. ^ About Taryn Manning - Roots Official Website. Taryn Manning.com. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  27. ^ Boomkat dropped by DreakWorks Records March 2, 2008
  28. ^ "FIRST LOOK: Taryn Manning's 'Run Boy' Video". People.com. 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  29. ^ Dreamers new music video "The Dreamers" On Sugar. Retrieved on October 30, 2009.
  30. ^ Taryn Manning Working On Solo & Boomkat Albums Pop Dirt. October 28, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  31. ^ Taryn Manning – Calling Her Own Plays Adam Bernard. Blogspot. September 25, 2009.
  32. ^ Taryn Manning: I'm confessing. I've been working on my solo career and launching my new single, So Talented TODAY! Twitter. Retrieved on September 25, 2009.
  33. ^ 'Melrose Place': Matters of the heart Los Angeles Times. September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  34. ^ Taryn Manning On Melrose Place Rehash Anti Music. (09/03/2009). Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  35. ^ Wise, Howard (2009-03-19). "L.A.'s Best fundraiser with Taryn Manning at Bardot". Los Angeles Metromix. Retrieved 2009-02-10. [dead link]
  36. ^ Bel Air Film Festival information Bel Air Film Festival.com. November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 24.
  37. ^ "Frankie B. - Let's Get Lost Video Lookbook". Denimology. United Kingdom. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  38. ^ "Taryn Manning recalls JetBlue scare". MSNbc.com. 2005-09-22. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  39. ^ Taryn Manning biography Internet Movie Database.com. Retrieved August 25, 2008
  40. ^ Taryn Manning acting roles and soundtracks Internet Movie Database.com. Retrieved on August 25, 2008.

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