Taryn Manning recently appeared in “A Lot Like Love” opposite Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. She recently completed filming Wes Craven’s “The Breed” opposite Michelle Rodriguez, the indie film “Cult,” and “Unbeatable Harold,” starring Dylan McDermott, Henry Winkler, and Gladys Knight. Taryn starred in Mark Milgard’s “Dandelion” opposite Vincent Kartheiser and Mare Winningham. “Dandelion” debuted in the American Spectrum competition at Sundance 2004.
Manning appeared on the big screen in Anthony Minghella’s Civil War film “Cold Mountain,” “White Oleander” opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Allison Lohman and as Janeane, Eminem’s ex-girlfriend, in Curtis Hanson’s “8 Mile.” Manning is best known for starring opposite Britney Spears in “Crossroads,” the road trip movie about three best friends, directed by Tamra Davis (“Gun Crazy”). Taryn also received rave reviews as Kirsten Dunst’s best friend and confidante in “Crazy/Beautiful.”
Manning is currently in the studio writing and producing her second album, which will be her first solo project. Manning’s band Boomkat’s singles, “The Wreckoning” and “What You Do To Me,” from Boomkatalog One, hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club play charts and the band finished 2003 as the #5 Hot Dance Club play artists for the year in Billboard Magazine. Their song “Wastin’ My Time” was featured on the “8 Mile” soundtrack, which sold over 6 million records worldwide. Boomkat’s remake of the Blondie song “Rip Her to Shreds” can be heard in the opening credits of the Paramount film “Mean Girls,” which debuted at #1 at the box office.
Manning first drew attention when she played Rebecca Peabody on Fox’s critically acclaimed “Get Real.” Other television credits include ABC’s “The Practice,” the WB’s “Popular,” “NYPD Blue,” and appearances in two pilots, “Ryan Caulfield” and “68.”
Raised in Tucson, Arizona until age 12, Manning’s enormous energy and competitive nature brought her recognition and awards in everything from karate to roller-skating. While living in Cardiff, California, she discovered dance and her love for performing was realized. This led her to attend the prestigious Orange County High School of the Arts where her talents in dance, acting and voice were featured in numerous stage productions. Her dance troupe even went on to win the national championship.
Manning is an unusually unique blend of talent. It is no surprise that upon graduation from high school, she moved to Hollywood and immediately began working in commercials, film and television.
Manning recently started her own clothing line, Born Uniqorn, with her best friend Tara Jane. The line is available in select boutiques including C. Ronson in New York. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her Toy Yorkie, Speakers.