Best known for her critically acclaimed role as Nola in the 2005 Paramount hit Hustle & Flow, Taryn Manning most recently starred in Kill Theory with Agnes Bruckner; Your Name Here, written and directed by Matt Wilder, opposite Bill Pullman; and with Freddie Prinze, Jr. in Jack and Jill vs. the World. She also starred in Weirdsville, opposite Wes Bentley and Scott Speedman, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.
Manning’s other ﬁlm credits include A Lot Like Love, Crossroads, Crazy Beautiful, Cold Mountain, White Oleander and Dandelion. She is also set to appear in a slew of upcoming independent features, including The Speed of Thought, opposite Nick Stahl; Waking Madison, opposite Sara Roemer and Elisabeth Shue; and Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci.
On the small screen, Manning ﬁrst drew attention for her role as Rebecca Peabody on Fox’s critically acclaimed “Get Real.” More recently, she appeared as a series regular on CBS’s “Viva Laughlin” and Fox’s “Drive.” Her other television credits include the CW’s “Melrose Place,” the FX series “Sons of Anarchy,” “CSI: Miami,” ABC’s “The Practice,” the WB’s “Popular,” and “NYPD Blue.”
In addition to acting, Manning is an accomplished singer-songwriter and fashion designer. She is the vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat and co-owner of the clothing brand Born Uniqorn. Boomkat’s second album, “A Million Trillion Stars,” was produced by Mike Elizondo and became available online in 2008. Boomkat’s single “Wastin’ My Time” was licensed by Eminem and featured on the 8 Mile soundtrack, which sold over 6 million records worldwide. Boomkat’s remake of the Blondie song “Rip Her to Shreds” can be heard in the opening credits of the Paramount ﬁlm Mean Girls, and another Boomkat single, “The Wreckoning,” was licensed for use during the opening credits of The Italian Job.
Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia, and raised in Tucson, Arizona. While living in Cardiff, California, she discovered dance, which led her to attend the prestigious Orange County High School for the Arts, where her talents in dance, acting and voice were featured in numerous stage productions. She currently resides in Los Angeles.