Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Birth: July 18, 1994
Taylor Russell is a Canadian actress. She played Judy Robinson on the 2018 version of the show Lost in Space, and has had leading roles in the films Before I Fall, Down a Dark Hall, Hot Air, Escape Room (2019), and its sequel; Waves, Words on Bathroom Walls, Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, and Bones and All, and the made-for-tv movies The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story and Pants on Fire. She has also been credited as Taylor Russell McKenzie.
She has said:
I grew up in Vancouver which is beautiful but very Caucasian. When I moved to Toronto there were a lot more Black and mixed people. I have always had people who wanted to touch my hair and Black girls not accepting me because I’m too light-skinned to fit in with them and white girls who rejected me because I was different than them too… A lot of identity issues come from that and I dealt with identity issues growing up because I didn’t grow up with my dad’s side of the family. My dad is Black and my mom is white and we grew up mostly with her side… It can be so confusing and I think race in Canada is so different than it is in America.
She elaborates on her identity further in the link.