Taylor OttoPlayed by Meg Donnelly
Taylor is Katie and Greg's eldest child. Drop-dead gorgeous at 14, fortunately her form of rebellion from a mother who despises anything close to exercise and a father who's genuinely excited by history textbooks is her single-minded focus on sports. Athletics come naturally to Taylor, who has no interest, or--to be honest, aptitude--for school-work. She has a bit of a sibling rivalry with her brother Oliver, who she thinks of as a nerd like their dad, but she often finds herself teaming up with Oliver as an important ally in the craziness of family politics.
At only 17 years old, Meg Donnelly can be seen co-starring on ABC's comedy series, American Housewife. The show follows Katie Otto (Katy Mixon), a strong-willed mother who is struggling to raise her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with perfect wives and their impeccable offspring. Donnelly shines as Taylor, the eldest of Katie's three children, who was an awkward, homely student until about three months ago when she suddenly grew out of her ugly-duckling phase.
On the film front, Donnelly can be seen starring in Disney Channel's original movie Zombies, which premiered on February 16, 2018, to record-breaking viewership. Also on the film front, she can be seen in the indie drama The Broken Ones (AMK Films), which premiered at the 2017 Soho International Film Festival in New York City.
Born in New York City and raised in Peapack, New Jersey, Donnelly got her start in the entertainment industry in commercial/print work and in music. At the age of 6, she started training in voice, dance and acting at Annie's Playhouse – School of Performing Arts in Far Hills, New Jersey. Being a natural-born performer, she was drawn to the stage and quickly became the youngest performer in the APX Conservatory, a singing/dancing group that performs in various venues throughout New Jersey. At only 11 years old, she landed her first series regular role on Netflix's Team Toon. For 26 episodes, she starred as Ash, one of four kid-creators of an animated online series called Psycho Squirrel. She has also appeared on ABC's top-rated series What Would You Do?
In conjunction to working on these projects, Donnelly was still avidly working in music, becoming the understudy for the role of Louisa in the groundbreaking NBC television special The Sound of Music Live! and was a featured soloist in the 54 Below production of Von Trapp Children: from Sound of Music Live! She has performed (as a featured soloist) in several Kids of the Arts, A Time to Shine and Broadway Kids productions in New York City. In the commercial and print world, she has been featured in campaigns for Target, Hasbro and was the U.S. "face" of Clean & Clear's 2015 "Awkward to Awesome" campaign.
When she is not on set, Donnelly continues to learn and practice the Japanese language, write and record music, and play the guitar.