Who is Olivia Taylor Dudley?
Olivia Taylor Dudley is an American actor, best known for her roles in horror films. She began acting since the age of 17. In 2012, she received her first breakthrough role as ‘Natalie’ in the thriller ‘Chernobyl Diaries.’ Some of her other notable roles are those of ‘Angela’ in the supernatural horror film ‘The Vatican Tapes’ and ‘Skyler’ in another supernatural horror film, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,’ both released in 2015. Her role in ‘The Vatican Tapes’ earned Dudley positive reviews from ‘The New York Times.’ Some of her other notable movies are ‘Chillerama,’ ‘Dumbbells,’ ‘The Barber,’ and ‘Dude Bro Party Massacre III.’ In 2011, Dudley moved to TV with ‘NCIS.’ Following this, she appeared as ‘Alice Quinn’ in the fantasy series ‘The Magicians’ and ‘Billie Gunderson’ in the period crime-drama series ‘Aquarius.’ She is also known for her work on ‘5-Second Films,’ an American film group and website that produces 5-second-long online comedy web-series.
Childhood & Early Life
Olivia Taylor Dudley was born on November 4, 1985, in Morro Bay, California, to Jim Terrell Dudley and Saundra Ann Hoeschel.
In 2002, Dudley graduated from ‘Morro Bay High School.’ She moved to Los Angeles when she was 17 and has been acting ever since.
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In 2007, Dudley made her film debut with the role of a dancer in ‘The Anna Nicole Smith Story.’ It was a biographical film on the life of American model, actor, and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith.
In 2008, Dudley appeared in the film ‘Remembering Phil.’ She was cast as a girlfriend of a character named ‘Susie.’
In 2011, Dudley appeared in the film ‘Birds of a Feather.’ She was the ‘Reality Girl Number 5’ in the film. She also played the role of ‘Nurse Unger’ in the horror–comedy anthology film ‘Chillerama,’ which consisted of four stories. She was cast in two of its segments, ‘Wadzilla’ and ‘Zom-B-Movie.’ The same year, she made her TV debut with ‘NCIS,’ an action police-procedural TV series, playing the role of ‘Jancey Gilroy’ in the episode ‘Freedom.’
In 2012, Dudley received her first major break in films with ‘Chernobyl Diaries,’ an American disaster–horror film, playing the role of ‘Natalie.’ She also appeared in two TV series: ‘CSI: Miami’ (as ‘Elizabeth Clark’ in the episodes ‘Look Who’s Taunting,’ ‘Dead Ringer,’ and ‘Rest in Pieces’) and ‘Don’t Trust the B – in Apartment 23’ (as ‘Katarina’ in the episode ‘A Weekend in the Hamptons’).
In 2013, Dudley starred in two TV series: the romantic comedy series ‘The Mindy Project’ (as ‘Tattoo Girl’ in the episode ‘The One That Got Away’) and the sitcom ‘Arrested Development’ (as ‘Rose’ in the episode ‘It Gets Better’).
In 2014, Dudley appeared as ‘Heather’ in the comedy film ‘Dumbbells.’ The same year, she appeared in various roles in eight episodes of the web series ‘Uproxx Video.’
In 2015, Dudley received her next major breakthrough role: ‘Skyler’ in the 3D found-footage supernatural horror film ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.’ She also received critical acclaim for her role as ‘Angela’ in another supernatural horror film, ‘The Vatican Tapes.’ Two of her other film projects during the year were ‘Appleton’ (as ‘Gracie’) and ‘Dude Bro Party Massacre III’ (as ‘Motherface’). She appeared in the role of ‘Barista’ in three episodes of the comedy TV series ‘The Comedians.’ She also bagged the main role of ‘Alice Quinn’ in the fantasy TV series ‘The Magicians.’
In 2016, Dudley appeared as ‘Trash’ in the movie ‘Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins.’ The same year, she appeared in the period crime-drama TV series ‘Aquarius’ (as ‘Billie Gunderson’ in five episodes).
In 2017, Dudley featured in the comedy TV series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ playing the role of a female swinger in the episode ‘Fatwa!’
She wrote an episode of the series ‘Uproxx Video.’ She also worked as a special effects technician in the 2013 film ‘Coldwater.’
Family & Personal Life
Dudley was in a relationship with filmmaker Evan Glodell for 5 years. Their love story and eventual separation became part of Glodell’s movie ‘Bellflower.’
Dudley was homeschooled from seventh to tenth grade. She developed an interest in acting at the age of 5, after watching The Poltergeist.’
Dudley emerged as an excellent scream queen in her role of the demon-possessed ‘Angela’ in ‘The Vatican Tapes.’