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This might just be the year of Kitsch. The 30-year-old BC native has been acting for more than a decade, but just landed his first lead role; the namesake in Disney's $250 million sci-fi epic, 'John Carter'. Not bad, for a kid from Kelowna.
Growing up, all Taylor wanted to do was play in the NHL. Now, a Canadian kid dreaming about playing pro hockey isn't that unique, but Taylor actually got pretty far. At 19, he joined the Langley Hornets, an elite junior team and potential stepping-stone to the pros. But then, disaster struck: Taylor blew out his knee, and his hockey dream was over.
With nothing to lose, Taylor moved to New York and started taking acting classes. And NYC was no picnic: while there, Taylor lived in a tiny apartment with nine other struggling models and actors (think 'Zoolander', but waaaay less funny). Pretty soon, he relocated to LA, got a role in the teen thriller, 'The Covenant', and then, his big break: landing the role of troubled high school football player Tim Riggins on the critically acclaimed show, 'Friday Night Lights'.
He broke out on the big screen as the card-throwing Gambit in the blockbuster 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'; and received critical acclaim in 'The Bang Bang Club', as a daredevil photojournalist in apartheid-era South Africa. This summer, he shared the screen with Liam Neeson and Rihanna in 'Battleship', and played a drug dealer in Oliver Stone's 'Savages'. Told you... the year of Kitsch.