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C'est Prune: Taryn Manning


Art Direction x Wardrobe: Michael St. Michael @michaelstmichael

Interview: Dylan Jader @thedylanjader

Photography: Emerson Miller @emersonmiller

Makeup: Dominique Lerma @dominique_lerma

Hair: Tonya Le @onlytonyale

Dress- Shanna Gall www.shannagall.com

Bustier- Fox Bait www.foxbait.com

Prune: We have so much to talk about. Let’s start from the beginning. How did you originally get into acting?

Taryn: That is the biggest question on the planet. I was 13-years-old and a committed dancer, taking classes every day after school. There were girls in my class that always talked about their Wednesday night acting classes, and after a couple of times hearing this, I told my mom I wanted to go. Next thing you know, I’m heading from Burbank to San Diego for the acting class – and that is where it started. Acting was a big part of my life – I took the class every Wednesday from age 13-19. I didn’t know most of the girls in my class, but they turned out to be Kirsten Dunst, Leelee Sobieski, Erika Christensen, and Evan Rachel Wood. Kirsten had already done Jumanji, so we knew she was the star of the class. I really did it from the ground up. I did student films, extra work, and background acting. Slowly but surely, overtime, it started to work. It took a lot of time and it wasn’t easy.

Prune: In 2002, you acted alongside two of the biggest names in music – Eminem in 8 Mile and Britney Spears in Crossroads. Talk to me about those experiences.

Taryn: Crossroads came first, and that was amazing. There was an offer out for the role, but it expired, so they were seeing girls in between. I went into the audition without a lot of expectations, but still wanted to do a great job. I got the part and was over the moon. I always liked Britney Spears, so I was proud as a peacock. As far as 8 Mile went, that was amazing. Both artists (Eminem and Britney Spears) are amazing – they are the real deal. I was jealous of Brittany Murphy because she and Eminem were best friends, but her and I grew to be very good friends. I showed up to set one day and received a three-page note from Brittany (Murphy) with some of the kindest words. She’s an angel, and I’ve never experienced anything like that – I cherish it.

Prune: Today, fans binge watch you as Pennsatucky in Orange is The New Black. Five seasons in, what do you think makes OITNB so successful?

Taryn: I think it is so cool that people are still hooked. With the internet and society today, things are here today gone today. The fact that the show stuck shows that the writing is amazing – that is where it starts. People care to see what happens. Any show or film that has character development is the recipe to success – the writers nail it and we deliver it properly.

Prune: Every season, we watch characters grow and change. Do you like where Pennsatucky is at the moment?

Taryn: Yes, I really appreciate the arc that they’ve given me. Not a lot of people expected her to change so dramatically and quickly. When I took the part, I thought she was a mean character. It’s been fun to watch her get beat up – she deserves it, she’s a brat. It’s also fun to watch her be ostracized. It was tough to deal with the hardships they wrote for her, and how she chose to deal with that shocked people. I never judge my character. Now, Pennsatucky is being picked on again and I’m not sure how she’ll take it because she feels like she’s tried and she’s been through a lot.

Prune: Parallel to acting, your music career is continuing to flourish. Your single, “Gltchlfe”, released in May. Talk to me about this song.

Taryn: If you notice the way it’s spelled, the I’s are missing from “Gltchlfe”. For so many things in life, we must work as a team. There is no “I” in team, and it’s about not being selfish. We need one another to get by in life, and people don’t always look at the big picture. It’s a glitched life, and the reason I called it that is because we are so hooked on technology. If your computer glitches, your whole day is ruined. However, the song is about a relationship. If your relationship glitches, nothing really matters. It’s a love song and a song about trying to find yourself.

Prune: You DJ and you sing. Which do you prefer?

Taryn: I’m a songwriter. I do it all. I express myself by singing it out. I’ve been DJing for nine years. I love it all. We all have things that we love to do, and if you can make a career out of what you love, you’ve hit the jackpot.

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Prune: Parallel to acting, your music career is continuing to flourish. Your single, “Gltchlfe”, released in May. Talk to me about this song.

Taryn: If you notice the way it’s spelled, the I’s are missing from “Gltchlfe”. For so many things in life, we must work as a team. There is no “I” in team, and it’s about not being selfish. We need one another to get by in life, and people don’t always look at the big picture. It’s a glitched life, and the reason I called it that is because we are so hooked on technology. If your computer glitches, your whole day is ruined. However, the song is about a relationship. If your relationship glitches, nothing really matters. It’s a love song and a song about trying to find yourself.

Prune: You DJ and you sing. Which do you prefer?

Taryn: I’m a songwriter. I do it all. I express myself by singing it out. I’ve been DJing for nine years. I love it all. We all have things that we love to do, and if you can make a career out of what you love, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Prune: Acting, you perform behind a camera. With music, you perform live. Do you find there to be a big difference between the two?

Taryn: Yes, 100%. It’s a different world. I save my energy for the screen. A lot of the characters I play go through a lot, but I’m happy as Taryn. As an actor, people assume the character is me, but it’s not. I have to take things that hurt me in real life and implement them to things that are hurting or distorting my character, bridge the two, and bring out the emotion. I’m not a robot, I don’t just push a button and cry. Performing on a stage is very primal, it’s instinctual, and it happens right then and there. There is also the immediate gratification. It’s all different.

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Prune: We’ll finish on a fun – fashion. What is your everyday style?

Taryn: Super casual. Oversized vintage comfy clothes. I don’t wear a lot of makeup. My full fashion sense grew from the skateboard scene.

Prune: What are your three favorite fashion trends at the moment?

Taryn: Knitwear, layers, and the 90s look. I love mesh. Laced up little tops are great. I also love shoulder pads.

Prune: Finally, fashion pruning. If you could eliminate one current trend, what would it be?

Taryn: Plastic surgery. I understand it under certain circumstances, but some people go overboard. You’re meant to look the way you do, you’re beautiful.


THE EDITORS

MICHAEL BISHOP

EDITOR IN CHIEF

& FOUNDER

EST. 2016

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

SINCE 2018

MIKE RUIZ

SENIOR BEAUTY & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

SINCE 2016

DYLAN JADER