• Taylor Dooley is an American actress best known for her role as Lava Girl in "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl" (2005).
• She has Sioux Indian, Irish, German, and English ancestry.
• She is currently focused on raising her children and is working on a few acting projects.
• She married Justin Cassotta in 2016 and divorced in 202•
• She has light brown hair, stands at a height of 5ft 5ins, and has vital statistics of 34-25-34.

Who is Taylor Dooley?

Taylor is an American actress, probably best known to the world for her portrayal of Lava Girl in the film “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” (2005), among several other notable roles that she’s had during her career.

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Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Taylor Dooley was born on 26 February 1993, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA. Of Sioux Indian ancestry on her father’s side, and Irish, German, and English through her mother, she’s the daughter of John Dooley and his wife Debbie; she has a younger brother Drew, born in 1994.

She was interested in show business from an early age, and entered several beauty pageants, winning a couple of them. With her early success, she landed a modeling contract, but it came to an abrupt end as the family moved to Arizona when she was just six years old.

Once in Phoenix, Arizona, Taylor turned to acting and dancing, and was enrolled at Phoenix Theatre by her parents. She became a standard member of the theater’s acting troupe, and quickly learned the basics of dancing and acting while she also trained in singing. Taylor toured the US with the troupe before she turned 10 years old.

How is Taylor Dooley Doing Now?

Taylor is now focused more on raising her children and her family life rather than on her career. She uploads pictures and videos of her family of two children and a husband onto her official Instagram account, on which she’s already amassed around 300,000 followers.

According to reports, she is working on a couple of acting projects, eyeing her return to acting, with the lead role in the horror crime-drama film “Grimmerson Manor”, co-starring Sasha Jackson and Bill Oberst Jr., currently in pre-production without a premiere date set yet.

Furthermore, she is a co-host of the Podcast “His Story”.

Career Beginnings

Taylor moved to Los Angeles, California, USA, with her family, which turned out to be a smart career move for her. She began by appearing in television commercials, and slowly made transgression into television acting.

Her on-screen debut was as Minister Rozhan in the TV sci-fi action series “Star Trek: Hidden Frontier”, which starred David Dial, Barbara Clifford and John Whiting.

Rise to Stardom

In 2005, Taylor secured the role of her career, when selected for the part of Lavagirl in the superhero action-adventure comedy film “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl”, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film follows a young boy who dreams of two superhero children, Sharkboy and Lavagirl, then on a fateful day, a tornado strikes, and this boy’s dreams become reality as he is whisked away by his two imaginary superheroes into their world to help them save their planet. Her co-stars were Taylor Lautner as Sharkboy and Cayden Boyd as the young boy Max, and the film became an absolute hit, launching Taylor to stardom.  The trio has remained friends until the present day and are still advocating for a sequel, while Taylor has expressed her desire for a Lavagirl standalone film. She had to dye her hair pink for the role, but she had no problems with it, and many producers praised her dedication and work on the whole.

She has since appeared in several prominent projects, but has been on several breaks from acting throughout the years, including graduating with a degree in psychology, but she hasn’t revealed which university she attended. Moreover, she completed the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute studies.

In 2006, Taylor appeared in the short drama film “Apology”, written and directed by Kyla Colavitti, with Jessi and Nikki Haddad in the lead roles, alongside Mirjam Novak. The same year, Taylor co-starred in the adventure comedy film “Monster Night”, about a teenager who while babysitting his younger siblings on Halloween discovers that his house is haunted, with Christian Salazar, Robert Carradine and Vanessa Angel in the lead roles.

In 2008, Taylor portrayed Rachelle in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV medical drama series “House”, with Hugh Laurie in the titular role.

From 2008 until 2017, she was away from show business with her education, returning with a role in the crime-drama film “Hell Mountain”, written and directed by Jesse Pomeroy and co-starring Megan Collaso and Markus Innocenti, about a young reporter who discovers a connection between legendary hell mountain and an abandoned house.

In 2020, Taylor reprised Lavagirl in the film “We Can Be Heroes”, directed by Robert Rodriguez while it was written by Rodriguez, Sara Endsley, and Dan Foos. The film stars YaYa Gosselin, Pedro Pascal, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and it follows children of superhero parents as they team up to save their parents and the earth on the whole from alien invaders.

Since then, Taylor hasn’t had any acting credits, but has appeared in advertisements for a number of brands, including Famous Footwear and Honda, among others.

Net Worth

According to sources, Taylor Dooley’s net worth is estimated at $3 million, as of early 2023.

Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend, Married, Husband, Children

From 2017 onwards, Taylor started sharing her personal life with her fans through Instagram. Until then, she was very private, and no information was available to the public about her life.

She began dating Justin Cassotta in 2010 when she was 17, and the two became engaged in 2014. Many producers and directors thought her decision reckless, stating that it would hinder her career if she focused on the family. The two married on 14 May 2016 and welcomed two children, son Jack Alexander born in 2017, and daughter Adaline Joan in 2019. However, the two divorced in 2021, and she’s now in a romantic relationship with musician Nicholas Poppin.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Taylor Dooley has light brown hair and brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m), weighs approximately 120lbs (54kgs), with vital statistics of 34-25-34, and bra size 38B.


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