Known for her roles in movies like Mystic Pizza, I Shot Andy Warhol, Short Cuts and The Conjuring, as well as her television work on Six Feet Under and most recently Almost Human, Lili Taylor has built a more-than-20-year career full of critical acclaim and commercial success. And next up for Taylor is a role in the off-Broadway play The Library, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Taylor doesn’t seem limited by the same things as other people, evidenced not only by her career choices, but also by the place she chooses to meet for this interview: Streb, a trapeze studio in Williamsburg. Watching Taylor’s petite form soar through the air, seemingly turning itself inside out, legs pumping, arms stretching and reaching for the hands of another, it was easy to imagine that everything Taylor does, she does big. But the reality is more complicated (reality always is), and Taylor’s Brooklyn life with her husband, the poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, and their young daughter is a balance of quiet days in Prospect Park, the occasional Nada Surf concert, and, yes, flying through the air with the greatest of ease, the daring actor, on a flying trapeze.
Photographs by Christina von Messling; Grooming by Marcus Siciliano; Location: STREB, 51 N. 5th Street, Williamsburg