Taylor Zakhar Perez has come a long way since being born in South Chicago with a whole house full of siblings. His latest film, The Kissing Booth 2, features him alongside Emmy-nominated actress Joey King and just so happens to be the sequel to Netflix’s most re-watched film of 2018.
The acting bug bit Taylor early in life and he began performing in musical theater shows at a young age, ultimately leading him to pursue a career in film and television. After moving to Los Angeles a few years ago, he began appearing in guest-starring roles on shows like Young & Hungry, Embeds, Code Black, and Scandal. With credits like that, it’s clear he’s got the talent, but Taylor believes that the drive and the work ethic he learned from his parents are the true keys to his success. No matter what he does, Taylor gives 110%. He jokes that some of his friends might even find him exhausting because he’s always moving, always curious, always excited for a new adventure.
One hobby Taylor’s been enjoying lately has been music, thanks to his upcoming role in The Kissing Booth 2. In the film, his character Marco is the new kid at school—a hunky guitar-playing temptation for the lovable lead Elle, whose boyfriend is conveniently away at college. Taylor grew up singing with his family, but his own musical talents were nowhere near his character’s skills. But like everything in Taylor’s life, he jumped into it with great enthusiasm. Now he sings every day.
Taylor also cares deeply about his community and the world, something else he credits to his parents. His Instagram feed reveals a thoughtful soul who is passionate about animals and social justice. It also reveals a future heartthrob on the verge of becoming a superstar.
We were excited to meet with Taylor once again and get an update on his life and also learn about his journey to Hollywood. Since we featured Taylor in a fashion editorial exactly 5 years ago with photographer and Taylor’s close friend Walid Azami, it would only be fitting that we host his first fashion editorial for the release of his big movie with the same photographer.