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Bex Taylor-Klaus
File:Bex Taylor-Klaus speaking at Wondercon in 2017.jpg
Taylor-Klaus at Wondercon in 2017
Born
Rebecca Edison Taylor-Klaus[1]

(1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 27)
OccupationActor
Years active2012–present
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)

Rebecca Edison "Bex" Taylor-Klaus (born August 12, 1994) is an American actor. They rose to fame for their starring role as Bullet on the crime drama series The Killing (2013). They gained further prominence with their roles as Sin on the superhero drama series Arrow (2013–15), Lex on the comedy series House of Lies (2014), and as Audrey Jensen on the horror series Scream (2015–16), based on the eponymous franchise. Since 2016, they have voiced the role of Katie "Pidge" Holt on the Netflix animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Taylor-Klaus has a cult following among fans.[3][4]

Early life[]

Taylor-Klaus was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to a Jewish family.[5] They began acting by performing Shakespeare in an after-school program while in the 3rd grade, and it became a consistent part of their extracurricular and summer activities.[6] They performed in their high school's improv troupe. Working with friends, they also started a Junior-High Acting Troupe to train young actors. In addition to drama, Taylor-Klaus was an accomplished athlete: they were the starting catcher on the high school's varsity softball team while a freshman, and also played 3rd base.[7] They have two siblings; Syd Taylor-Klaus and Josh Taylor-Klaus. In mid-2012, Taylor-Klaus moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. While they were in Los Angeles, they attended Bridges Academy.

Career[]

2012–2014: Early career and breakthrough[]

File:Bex Taylor-Klaus - The Killing set August 2013 (cropped).jpg

Taylor-Klaus on the set of The Killing in August 2013

Taylor-Klaus began acting in Shakespeare plays while in the third grade.[2] However, their first professional acting role was that of Bullet, a homeless street-wise lesbian teen, on the third season of the AMC crime drama series The Killing, which aired in 2013.[8] A breakout star playing a gender fluid lesbian, they quickly gained a cult following.[9] Writing about playing Bullet, they said: "to be an actor is to want to visit the dark places that humans strive so hard to stay away from.”[10]

From 2013 to 2015, Taylor-Klaus played the recurring role of Sin in The CW superhero drama series Arrow.[11]

2015–present: Further success[]

Taylor-Klaus gained further success with their starring role of Audrey Jensen, a bi-curious teenager helping her friends investigate a serial killer, in the first two seasons of the MTV horror drama series Scream. They appeared on the series from 2015 to 2016.[12]

After gaining prominence from their roles in The Killing and Arrow, they went on to play several guest roles in numerous television series, including Glee and iZombie.[13][14] In 2016, they began voicing the starring role of Katie "Pidge" Holt in the cult Netflix animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender.[15][16]

Taylor-Klaus had a starring role as Taylor in the slasher horror film Hell Fest (2018).[17] They will also star as Hannah Perez in the musical comedy film Dumplin', which is a film adaptation of Julie Murphy’s New York Times bestselling young adult novel. The film, which co-stars Jennifer Aniston, is directed by Anne Fletcher.[18][19][20] Taylor-Klaus will also play Violette Paich in Mario Sorrenti’s horror film Discarnate.[21][22][23]

Personal life[]

Taylor-Klaus played several roles before completing high school.[24] They have a dog named Bullet, after their first major role in The Killing.[2]

In November 2016, Taylor-Klaus came out as gay on Twitter, saying: "hello my name is bex and yes the rumors are true I am v gay."[25][24] In July 2018, Taylor-Klaus came out as non-binary; Taylor-Klaus uses they/them pronouns.[26][27]

Taylor-Klaus was diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school and played multiple sports, including baseball, which they said helped them control it.[28]

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Mental Intervention Debbie Short film
2013 Last Seen Becca
2014 The Night Is Ours Morgan
2015 Riley Riley
The Last Witch Hunter Bronwyn
2018 Hell Fest Taylor
Dumplin' Hannah Perez
Discarnate Violette Paich
Ralph Breaks the Internet Twit (voice)

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Hit Me Up! Theirself 1 episode
2013 The Killing Bullet Main role (9 episodes)
2013–2015 Arrow Cindy / Sin Recurring role (8 episodes)
2014 House of Lies Lex Recurring role (6 episode)
Longmire Vivian Episode: "Of Children and Travelers"
Robot Chicken Hermione Granger / Abby the Cow (voice) Episode: "The Hobbit: There and Bennigan's"
2015 The Social Experiment Leyna Recurring role (5 episodes)
The Librarians Amy Meyer Episode: "And the Rule of Three"
Glee Goth Girl Episode: "2009"
iZombie Teresa Giovanni 2 episodes
2015–2016 Scream Audrey Jensen Main role (24 episodes)
2016–present Voltron: Legendary Defender Katie "Pidge" Holt (voice) Main role (49 episodes)
2018 Here and Now Dex Reynolds 2 episodes

Video games[]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles Pidge (voice)

Awards and nominations[]

Year Awards Category Nominated for Result Ref.
2014 Joey Award Young Ensemble Cast in a Dramatic TV Series The Killing Won
[29]
International Actress Television Lead or Supporting Role that was filmed in Canada Won
2016 TV Guide Awards Favorite Ensemble (shared with cast) Scream Nominated
[30]
2017 6th Annual BTVA Awards BTVA People's Choice Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series (shared with cast) Voltron: Legendary Defender Won
[31]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award - Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series (shared with cast) Nominated

References[]

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  3. "The LA Fashion magazine December 2013" (in en). Issuu. https://issuu.com/thelafashion/docs/december_ipad/32. 
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  6. "Bex Taylor-Klaus - :: Naluda Interviews ::" (in en-US). :: Naluda Interviews ::. June 28, 2016. http://naluda.com/interviews/bex-taylor-klaus/. 
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  25. "Scream Star Bex Taylor-Klaus Comes Out as Gay: Yes, the Rumors Are True | E! News". Eonline.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  27. Bex Taylor-Klaus [IBexWeBex] (July 28, 2018). "I came out as trans non-binary in a room full of people today. Guess it's time for me to do that on here, too ... Hi. I'm Bex, and the rumors are true. I'm v enby" (Tweet).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. "Strike Three for ADHD: How Baseball Helped 'The Killing' Actress Bex Taylor-Klaus". EverydayHealth.com. https://www.everydayhealth.com/adhd/strike-three-for-adhd-how-baseball-helped-the-killing-actress-bex-taylor-klaus.aspx. 
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