What Would You Say to
16 Year Old You?
With Taylor Louderman
I’m Taylor Louderman! I play Regina George in MEAN GIRLS on Broadway! 🙂 I’m originally from small town Missouri.
One thing people may not know about me is I love learning about evolutionary biology and why we are the way we are! I’m a bit of a nerd.
“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” So I knew I had to be ready when an opportunity came knocking at my door.
I would say to embrace the things about you that are different – even if you’re embarrassed by them! That’s how you set yourself apart. I’d encourage myself to be kind to everyone, work harder than everyone else, and focus on getting to know myself.
Yes, I’ve had plenty of doubt staring me in the face – especially self doubt. I have developed a network of people who are compassionate but supportive; we lift each other up when we need it, and I’ve gotten to know myself enough to know what things inspire and motivate me. When I get knocked down I will lean on friends and family, or grab my guitar or a youtube karaoke track and re-visit the pure joy of performing. I will also hit the gym and – I’m not afraid to admit – listen to myself singing a song I’m proud of. Usually, I can’t watch myself perform because I’ll be too critical, but from time-to-time I’ll listen to the Bring It On soundtrack and remember how terrified I was but conquered my fear.
My greatest fear is having regrets! I’ve failed enough times to not be afraid of that anymore which is super liberating! Now, I just want to make the most of my time and the people I am with and not make decisions based on what others think I should do, but what feels right to me. I have done a lot of people pleasing and I want to get better at listening to myself – while maintaining respect for others, of course.
I want women to feel empowered. This means owning their worth and power! It doesn’t mean we need to take over the corporate world or Silicone Valley. It can mean taking pride in being a stay-at-home mom: never apologizing for it. It can also mean not apologizing for the feminine qualities that have been suppressed for years: being emotional, soft, or nurturing. It does not mean making guys feel bad for owning their power, but stepping up and joining them.
Oof – What do I love most about myself? I guess I love how compassionate I have become from growing up in a small town and now living in a big city…and probably also from storytelling (stepping into other character’s shoes). I’ve seen and lived totally different lifestyles and it has opened my mind. I don’t place judgement on others the way I once did. We all have a different backstory and there is always a reason for certain behaviors; it’s not just bad or good, it’s complicated.
I am obsessed with progress – sometimes to a fault. Sometimes I have trouble relaxing and just enjoying the moment. One way I’ve combated this is reading. So I’m learning while just laying there! Haha! I love gaining knowledge and learning new things. I’m currently learning how to play tennis!
I REALLY want to teach in a different country. I want to visit an underprivileged community and see how I can use my skills to help enrich their lives. Not necessarily encourage them to conform to western culture, but give them opportunities in areas where they may be limited. I haven’t found the right time yet, but hopefully soon.
My biggest passions are in giving back. That may sound cliche, but I’ve found it induces me into a positivity coma! So I guess in a way, it’s selfish, but with the best byproduct! There are days I need reminding that doing a Broadway show is more than just us actors showing off. The stage door and fan mail are brilliant proof of that. I love the thought of even just one audience member inspired by our show which manifests itself in them going to work the next day with a new idea, or spreading a smile.
More About Taylor
Taylor Louderman is an actress. She currently plays Regina George in MEAN GIRLS on Broadway! Taylor is originally from small town Missouri and now resides in New York City.
Taylor received a Best Leading Actress Tony nomination for this performance, as well as Drama League and OCC nominations and Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Diva Performance. Last seen on Broadway in Kinky Boots, following her Broadway debut in Bring It On. TV credits: Nick Jr’s “Sunny Day,” Wendy in NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!”, CBS’s “The Good Fight,” HBO’s “High Maintenance.” Off-Broadway credits include starring roles at the Vineyard, Paper Mill Playhouse and The Muny.