Rachael Taylor :(On landing a role in “Transformers”) It was not unlike any other – the only significant difference was, I mean you show up, you audition for a casting director and then they call you back and you have another reading with a cast director and I think by the third audition I was workshopping with Michael and then the fourth one we went to the studio. And the difference for Transformers was, because it’s such a pop culture phenomenon in a way, they didn’t release the script, so essentially when you’re auditioning you’re working just off of sight. You have no idea what the story is or what the character is or where it goes. So I didn’t actually read the script until the fourth audition at which you have to sign a confidentiality agreement and you go and sit in a room and it’s just a complete lockdown. So it was the only sort of significant difference.
Rachael Taylor :(About her film “Bottle Shock”) It’s about an international wine competition that was held in 1976, and this small little America vineyard up in Napa Valley beat all of these very prestigious French wines in blind taste tests. It’s about how they came to make this exceptional and award-winning Chardonnay. I play a girl, a young university student, who is very much a free-spirit. She’s very open-hearted, and she comes to the vineyard looking to learn about viniculture. It was just a delightful experience. It was just me, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Freddy Rodriguez, Chris Pine, hanging out in Napa Valley, drinking red wine. It was fabulous.
Rachael :(Comparing “Transformers”and”Shutter”) They are extremely different. For that movie in Tokyo, I was in pretty much every scene of the movie. Out of the 62-day shoot, I think I worked 59 days. Whereas on Transformers. it was a smaller role, and I had space to breathe within that. But going to Tokyo, my experience of that was like being sucked into some sort of other world experience. I was so completely absorbed in the character and the story. But Japan was cathartic in its own way. It was a healthy proposition with that movie to get out of L.A. after having done a really big film, and decompress and get back to really telling a story on a much smaller scale. And then, after Tokyo, I went to Napa Valley and shot a movie about wine up there, which was fabulous. You know, Shutter was difficult subject material. It involved the supernatural, and it involves a woman trying to un-pick the man that she’s married while making some really difficult and heartbreaking discoveries. It was a difficult movie to shoot, but I’m becoming more aware that maybe you can’t actually compare one film that you shoot to another. They are such strange creatures, films. There’s such a funny alchemy, making a film, and each one is very specific and really its own world, which is I guess why it’s so enjoyable and so fascinating. Each time it’s just another job, it’s another group of people, and it’s a completely new environment.
Rachael Taylor. I grew up in Tazmania, and I had a different childhood. I’m an only child and I grew up playing make believe in the back yard. I was an absolute little girl. I was completely girly and I was in the back yard and I had this fairy thing. I was always doing some sort of mystical fairy, far away land thing. I was a bit of a geek, and I would just geek out over Enid Blyton books, like “The Magic Faraway Tree”, and stuff like that.
Rachael Taylor. I think it’s up to you as an actor to decide what you are in a movie. You make your own bed, I think. If I wanted to show up to work and shorten my skirt and put a bit of extra lip gloss on before a take, then I could have done that. But you’re not going to catch me doing that, because it’s just not interesting.
As a teenager, Rachael’s English professor acted as her modeling agent as well and convinced her to move to Sydney to pursue modeling.
Racheal Taylor has been in three TV movies The Mystery of Natalie Wood as Maryann Marinkovich, Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure as Catherine Oxenberg and Hercules as a female Sphnix.
In 2006, Rachael Taylor was nominated at the Logie Awards for Most Popular New Female Talent for her role in Headland.