Hyde Park native Brette Taylor, now a successful stage and commercial actress, plays Julianne Moore's legal client in Laws of Attraction, opening Friday. She shared her dossier with The Enquirer.
Brette Taylor (center) in Laws of Attraction
Born: Cincinnati, Hyde Park
Current residence: New York City
Also seen in: Films Town Diary, Knots, Brown Sugar; TV shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, All My Children, Spin City; new Barilla pasta commercial; numerous stage performances.
Named after: Lady Brett in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
Attended: Fairfield Elementary School, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, NYC High School of Performing Arts
College: Three years at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
College mentor: "The person I remember who helped me most was Worth Gardner," former head of the CCM musical theater program.
Family still in Cincinnati: "So many I can't mention them all"; among them grandmother Ruth Watkins (of Sharonville), plus uncles, cousins, et al.
Most influential relative: "Col. Harry Watkins, my extraordinary grandfather, who just recently passed away." A career military man, "he was this tough officer who when he came home to the family was just a teddy bear inside. He was always making people laugh. He was a special, special man."
First job: Working at the theatrical and dance clothing store All That Jazz on Vine Street in Clifton. "I absolutely loved it! I worked there from age 12 to 14. The Hanes family (who owned the store) was like a family to me. ... I also worked at the Cincinnati Playhouse (in the Park). They had a special catering service before performances, and I worked at their main concession stand and sold the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever tasted."
Appearances at Playhouse in the Park: Romeo and Juliet; House of Bernarda Alba. "What fun! I would love to work there again!"
Best part of shooting "Laws of Attraction" in Ireland: "The cast, the crew, everybody was just lovely. And there was a lot of down time, so I got to walk all over Dublin."
Toughest part about attending New York premiere of "Laws of Attraction": "I spent an entire day shopping in New York City, fashion capital of the world, and I couldn't find a dress." Wore dressy shirt-and-skirt combo instead. "It was fine. Some people were there in jeans."
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