Taylor began her career at the age of three, appearing in a “Shake N’ Bake” commercial. Her first roles were a guest-starring spot on “Cosby” (1997) and “Early Edition” (1998). Two years later in 2000, she landed a role in the feature film “Prophet’s Game” with Dennis Hopper.
Her big break came that same year with the Jim Carey’s vehicle “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” where she played Cindy Lou Who. Before she auditioned for The Grinch, she had never read the book or seen the cartoon.
The year 2002 was a busy one for Taylor as she appeared in 3 feature films including the Spy Kids sequel Island of Lost Dreams, “We Were Soldiers” and the movie version of the kids’ fairy tale “Hansel & Gretel.”
Taylor played the role of “Hopper Watson” in the pilot for the proposed series for 2006 titled “Misconceptions,” which seems to have not made the grade. Taylor landed a regular series role for the series “Gossip Girl” playing ‘Jenny Humphrey’ for 88 episodes in the well-received series with youth. The role took her to the end of her teen star days as she was about 19 at series end.
Taylor played ‘Samantha Wallace’ in the feature film “Saving Shiloh” and has for 2007 “Doubting Thomas” playing “Madison”, she also played “Molly” in “Underdog” and “Jennifer” in “Paranoid Park.”
After the end of Gossip Girl, her acting career has been on hold as her only credit after was in 2014 video short Fergie Feat. YG: L.A. Love (La La). Taylor now concentrates on her music with her band Pretty Reckless.
Taylor has been a successful child and teen actress, model at age 14 becoming the face of British fashion chain New Look for its spring/summer 2010 collection, Madonna’s 2010 fashion line “Material Girl and Galliano’s “Parlez-Moi d’Amour” fragrance ad campaign. Taylor also graced the cover of several magazines such as page Six and Seventeen.