Recently someone asked me what it’s like to work on a period film, and my answer was, “It’s like coming home.” Living in the world of the Kennedy white house was like walking up the yellow brick road. Am I mixing metaphors? What was the road to Camelot paved in?
For Killing Kennedy we chopped my hair and strapped on a girdle, then took it off again for a skinny-dipping scene in the White House pool. While researching my part I discovered all kinds of naughty stories about the Kennedy poolside rendezvous. Mimi Alford’s book, Once Upon A Secret, was a major resource, and a fabulous read for Kennedy fans—especially girls like me who’d have loved to share a flirtation with the most handsome president in history.
Mimi had been the last of several secretaries whose jobs were basically to shuffle papers and type a little, and to be always ready to keep the president company. My character, Jill “Faddle” Cohen, was one of a pair of constants for Jack. We were nicknamed Fiddle and Faddle, and you’ll see us both in the film on Sunday.
We peeked into history every time we set foot on the White House film-set, and the part of me that has always felt a little out of place in the modern day was sublimely at home.
A few behind the scenes shots from the set of Killing Kennedy starring Rob Lowe as JFK. Taylor Roberts plays the role of Faddle, a secretary to Jackie Kennedy and frequent flirtation for President Kennedy. Filming took place this summer in Richmond, VA and the show is set to air on November 10th, 2013. More to come...
Taylor is currently preparing to shoot a new feature film. She decided to share her must-have items for a film shoot with the Porphyrogene team. I'll be traveling to and from Virginia for this shoot, sleeping in a hotel, and I am a bit of a control-freak when it comes to comfort. I need to feel at home wherever I go, and I'm always sure to pack these items when I'm working on-set.... (read more below)
A must-have for me is my eye-cream, Ultramarine Eye Lift. I use this in conjunction with the Clarisonic Opal to combat puffiness and look rested, even when I'm not! I also have very sensitive eyes. Tarte's Lights, Camera, Splashes is the best. It stays on SO WELL and still leaves my lashes soft and natural-looking.
I also love Tarte's newest BB Cream. As a redhead I need sunscreen and this BB Cream is very easy to apply evenly. I layer it over my Ondine Cream, which provides all the active ingredients and nutrients my skin craves. It's a wonderful cream for summer and warm climates, because it soaks in completely and doesn't leave my skin looking oily, even in high humidity. At night I religiously use my Siren Youth Serum, which stimulates collagen production (no wrinkles!) and evens skin tone (no splotches!).
For the body I MUST have moisturizer, and my Deluxe Ultramarine Leizu Silk Lotion keeps my whole body soft and smoothe, providing those miraculous ultramarines and active ingredients that we usually only find in face creams. I follow that with a spray of Katniss Eau de Parfum No. 1, which is in competition with Forever Hollywood and Daenerys Parfum No. 2 to become my signture scent! Sometimes it's just so hard to choose!
Of course I'll be reading like crazy and taking all kinds of notes as I build my character. She is based on a real person, so I have a biography on my kindle for my main source of information. I carry a slew of books on that little device, not to mention scripts. I love the Kate Spade Kindle Case that I found on sale. The colors are bright and happy, and stimulate my imagination. I like to read my kindle on the exercise bike while I listen to music from the time period of the film I'm working on.
I'm piling all of this into an adorable Striped Canvas Bag that I found at the Paper Source for $26! I love my pricey Prada and Louis Vuitton, but this little tote is so great for summer, and I feel like I'm prancing around in Paris in the sixties when I carry this bag. Who says style has to be expensive?
Taylor has been offered a role in the upcoming movie adaptation of "Killing Kennedy," based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Shooting will begin June 2013 in Richmond, VA. Taylor will play the role of Faddle, a press office secretary and secret mistress to President Kennedy. Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Michelle Trachtenberg star in the film, which is produced by Ridley Scott, Teri Weinberg and Kelly Masterson, who also wrote the screenplay. The film will be directed by Nelson McCormick. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
The Spring Issue of Orange County Bride is out and it features Taylor modeling stunning Mon Amie bridal gowns. Scroll down to view the tear sheets (magazine photos) and look for the issue on newsstands and at Barnes and Noble bookstores. This issue marks the 10 year anniversary for the magazine. Photography by Kendra Peters of Kendra Weddings, hair and make up by Molly Shriver and Michelle Talbot Huff. Dresses designed by Jennifer Ann Flatten.
Porphyrogene's new special edition fragrance, "Forever Hollywood" is featured on Shecky's Makeover Manual about fall fragrance. We also appear on the front page! Check out these screenshots and click to read the article.
Summer has begun and Taylor has wonderful new products available at Porphyrogene.
“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.” -Janet Fitch
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Porphyrogene was also recently featured in Shecky's Online Magazine in their Makeover Manual section. The article highlights aquatic based skincare and lists Porphyrogene as the brand to try! Read more about the feature here. Check out the store at www.porphyrogene.com and follow along on twitter @Porphyrogene
Bombshell Bohemia Poetry from the Underground is now available worldwide in print and on Amazon Kindle. Find out where to buy Taylor's Best selling book of poetry at the Bombshell Bohemia website. You can also read poetry hand selected by Taylor.