Is Taylor Russell Dating Anyone, What is Her Ethnicity and Who are Her Parents?

One quick look at Taylor Russell would have you mistake her for popular singer, Rihanna. However, that facial resemblance is where the similarities between the two stars end. While the former is a rising actress who is greatly enhancing her status and personality in the entertainment industry through hard work and great dedication, the latter is a music powerhouse who has won several Grammys and has dropped many bestselling albums. Relationship wise, Riri has been involved in some high profile and sometimes controversial romances but Russell has largely deemphasized that part of her life in favor of her career, a career that can be traced back to her childhood.

Taylor Russell’s Career Start in Canada

The Hollywood starlet was born on July 18, 1994, in Vancouver, Canada. Her nationality is Canadian while her ethnicity is mixed, i.e. Caucasian and Black. Taylor split her formative years between the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto and fell in love with ballet as a child. She also loved watching movies as well but her primary passion remained ballet. She, therefore, took classes in that direction and aspired to become a ballerina. All those dreams, however, came crashing after she sustained some injuries to her knees.

Following this development, Taylor Russell started seeking other career interests and recalled her love for movies. She also remembered that she had a talent for memorizing and recalling lines and so, started taking acting courses. She eventually secured the services of an agent and made her debut with the bit part of Mean Girl #1 in the TV series, Emily Owens, M.D. in 2012. Following this debut, Taylor spent the next two years appearing in various Canadian productions including Blink and If I Had Wings. She subsequently moved out to L.A. in 2014 in search of better opportunities.

Becoming a Breakout Star in Hollywood

In Los Angeles, Taylor Russell landed minor parts in several movies and TV series including The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, Pants on Fire, Strange Empire, Falling Skies, Before I Fall, and Suspension. She finally got a breakthrough role four years later and this was in the Netflix series, Lost in Space. Lost in Space revolves around a family of space colonists who land on an unknown planet after a crash. They, therefore, spend their time fighting off alien foes while plotting their journey back home. In the series, Taylor portrayed the role of eldest daughter-cum-medical doctor, Judy Robinson. Her performance propelled her to the limelight. It also opened up the door for other projects most notable of which is the 2019 drama, Waves.

Taylor Russell
Russell and Hedges on the set of Waves: Image Source

Waves revolve around an African-American family which is left reeling after their son, Tyler, is sentenced to prison for accidentally causing the death of his girlfriend. In the movie, Taylor portrayed the role of Emily, Tyler’s younger sister who finds unlikely comfort in the arms of her boyfriend. Her performance fetched her critical praise. It also led to several awards including Gotham Independent Film Award for breakthrough actor, the virtuoso award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as well as a nomination for the Independent Spirit Film Award. The movie itself was also a critical and commercial success, grossing $2 million at the cinemas.

Her Mixed-Race Family Background

Taylor Russell hails from a family of five. Even though their names are not available, it is known that her mother is Caucasian while her father is black. It is also known that the actress is a middle child and has two brothers. Taylor’s family moved about a lot during her childhood as their actor father kept on getting roles in far-flung rotations. The young girl, therefore, spent the first six years of her life in Vancouver before moving to the city of Toronto. In Toronto, she spent about three or four years before going back to Vancouver.

READ   These Facts Will Tell You All About Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Career Achievements, Net Worth And Family

These movements had far-reaching implications on Taylor due to the different composition of each city. Vancouver was largely Caucasian and Taylor found herself being singled out for her curly hair and dark skin. Toronto, on the other hand, was largely mixed-race and black but the young girl still found herself being rejected because she was not black enough. All these resulted in identity issues for the actress and she is determined to contribute her own part towards driving the conversation.

Here’s How Taylor Found Love on Set

Russell is quite generous when it comes to talking about her work, however, when it comes to her love life, the Canadian native clamps down. There are no detailed accounts of her past relationships. It is possible that she may have dated in her teen years but that remains a subject of speculation. Meanwhile, Taylor is currently in a relationship with her Waves co-star, Lucas Hedges. Just like his girl, Hedges is another young lad who is making waves (pun intended) in Hollywood. Still, in his mid-twenties, he has featured in acclaimed movies such as Lady Bird and Manchester by the Sea. He has also nabbed several accolades including an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

Taylor Russell
Taylor Russell and her boyfriend, Lucas Hedges: Image Source

Taylor and Hedges most presumably first met on the set of Waves. They then sparked dating rumors after they were spotted kissing at an NFL game in Madison Square Garden in December 2018. Since then, the couple has yet to formally acknowledge their romance but all evidence points to the fact that they are an item. For instance, they were spotted sitting together at the Gucci Cruise 2020 Fashion Show in Rome in May 2019. Russell also referred to his girlfriend, Taylor, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2019. Given all the above, it is quite obvious that this is a classy couple who are genuinely into each other and not interested in publicizing their love.

See Also: Who Is Zendaya and Who Are Her Parents, Siblings, and Family Members?

Asides Hedges, another great love of Taylor’s are books. The actress is an avid reader and once started a book club on the set of Lost in Space. This, however, turned out to be a futile effort as she wound up being the only member in the club. Taylor has not let this discourage her in any bit but spends all her spare time reading. She can read as much as three books at the same time and this is because her mood varies with each period of the day. The actress might prefer to read a grounding text in the morning and then a fantasy in the afternoon. For night-time, she resorts to a book that can impact her sleep and thoughts during the night.

Chika Udeh
Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.


What We Know About Anthony Jeselnik’s Net Worth and How He Makes His Money

In an era where comedians have to be careful with what they say, lest they offend some people and get canceled, Anthony Jeselnik is...

A Closer Look At Vincent Herbert’s Net Worth, Relationships and Recent Whereabouts

Vincent Herbert is an American songwriter, television personality, record producer, and record executive/founder of Streamline Records. He is currently estimated to be worth $3...

What Is Dennis Rodman’s Net Worth and Does He Have Spouse Or Kids?

Dennis Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player, wrestler, actor, and TV personality. The best rebounding forward in NBA history, Rodman won the...

Alex Becker Net Worth and Details of How He Built His Multi Million Dollar Companies

Alex Becker is one fellow who evenly divides opinion wherever he goes. While some have hailed him as a digital marketing guru who gives...

What is xQc’s Net Worth and How Much Does He Make on Twitch?

If there is one thing that seems to follow popular Twitch streamer xQc wherever he goes, it is controversy. While playing as a professional...

What is Summit1G’s Net Worth and How Much Does He Make on Twitch?

Streaming video games on online platforms such as Twitch has made millionaires out of several talented players and one good example of this is...

20 Richest Celebrity Chefs and Their Net Worth

Movie stars and pro athletes are not the only ones raking in big bucks in this world. Another class of professionals who are equally...

Understanding Jeremy Clarkson’s Net Worth and TV Career, Wife and Kids

Jeremy Clarkson is a British TV host, broadcaster, journalist, and writer. He gained international prominence in 1988 as the co-presenter of BBC TV show...

The Truth About Stephen King’s Net Worth And Family

Stephen King is an American contemporary horror and supernatural fiction writer who has sold over 400 million copies of his materials, making him one...

Understanding Julia Roberts’ Net Worth, Career Earnings and Family Life

Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer best known for her 1990 movie Pretty Woman which was a box office hit grossing over $464...

A Close Look at Burt Reynolds’ Net Worth, Wife And Children

Thanks to hit movies like "The Longest Yard", "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights", American actor, director, producer and author Burt Reynolds had...

Who Is Guy Fieri and What is His Net Worth? Met His Wife and Kids

Guy Fieri is a self-made American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author. Famous for hosting popular television series on the Food Network, Guy possesses...

Featured Today

What Is Wrong With Barron Trump, Is He Really Autistic? Where Is He Now?

Autism is prevalent and can affect people of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups. The disorder, which limits a person's ability to relate and...

Nurdian Cuaca – Bio, Kids & Facts About Jamie Chua’s Ex-Husband

Nurdian Cuaca is an Indonesian businessman who is renowned for his immense wealth and penchant for business. He is reported to have chains of...

Is Perez Hilton Gay, Who Is The Wife or Partner & Does He Have Kids?

Perez Hilton, born Mario Armando Lavandeira II is an American blogger and television personality. He makes his money from the success of his eponymous...

Shimon Prokupecz’ Career Until CNN and Fun Facts About His Sexuality

Shimon Prokupecz may be one of CNN’s most promising Justice Reporters today, but he did not start that way. The American journalist, like many...

Related Stories