Taylor Schilling made her acting debut in the 2007 American drama film ‘Dark Matter,’ directed by Chen Shi-zheng. The film received mixed response from critics. In 2009, she joined the cast of the medical drama television series ‘Mercy,’ created by Liz Heldens. She played the role of ‘Veronica Agnes Flanagan Callahan’ and remained a part of the series until it went off-air in 2010. In 2011, she starred as ‘Dagny Taggart’ in the political science fiction drama film ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part I,’ directed by Paul Johansson. The film was panned by critics and was a box office disappointment. In 2013, she starred as ‘Piper Chapman’ in the comedy-drama streaming television series ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ created by Jenji Kohan. The series ran for 6 years and aired its final episode in 2019. Schilling also earned several awards for her performance in the series, including the ‘Webby Award’ and 3 ‘Satellite Awards.’
In 2012, she starred as ‘Christine Mendez’ in the historical drama-thriller film ‘Argo,’ directed by Ben Affleck. The film opened to wide critical acclaim and was a massive box office success, grossing over $232.3 million against a budget of $44.5 million. She played the role of ‘Emily’ in the 2015 sex comedy film ‘The Overnight’ directed by Patrick Brice. The film earned praise from critics with Katie Walsh of Indiewire calling it "hysterically funny." She next appeared in ‘Take Me’ (2017), ‘Phil’ (2017), ‘The Public’ (2018), ‘The Titan’ (2018), and ‘Family’ (2018). In 2019, she appeared in the horror film ‘The Prodigy,’ directed by Nicholas McCarthy. The film opened to mixed reviews and was a box office success.
Taylor Schilling was last seen playing the role of ‘Lily Leithauser’ in the American television series ‘The Bite’ (2021). She is all set to appear in the upcoming American biographical drama miniseries ‘Pam & Tommy’ where she will play the role of ‘Erica Gauthier.’