Maui was born in Brighton, East Suss--, England and was raised there until
the age of six; the youngest of four children. Maui Taylor's mother Annette met
her father, Ricardo Taylor, a landscape artist, while on vacation in Britain.
Maui Taylor lived in London until her teens when she was sent to live in the
Philippines by her parents. Aside from her mother's longing to return to her
homeland, her father insisted that she leave Britain with the rationale that she
be raised with "Filipino values". Maui Taylor's older sisters are also in the
entertainment field with one being an opera singer for the London Opera House
while the other a choreographer.
Maui initially got into show biz with the assistance of a cousin who was a member of a dance group in the Philippines. Because of her mestiza features, Maui quickly found herself as a sought after actress despite the fact that she had no prior acting experience. She was eventually cast on the Filipino TV soap opera Anna Karenina at the age of 14. This lead to other roles in various TV shows as well as cinema.
Maui first gained nationwide attention when she appeared on the cover of the April 2002 issue of FHM (Philippine edition). Because of her matured body and her very youthful face, she instantly became a hot s-- symbol among men. This was justified when she appeared in her first starring role in the movie Gamitan, which grossed almost PHP 70,000,000 ($1,300,000 USD) in the local box office.
Maui had early movie appearances in films such as Tatarin and S2pid Luv, both from Viva Films.
Maui Taylor had her big breakthrough in 2002 when she got her first starring role in Gamitan, a movie where she played a young college girl who lost her virginity to an abusive and traitorous basketball player (who only used her in a big bet with friends), and latter plotted schemes of vengeance against those who hurt her. Gamitan was also the first movie where the young actress appeared nude and performed in s-- scenes on the screen although no frontal nudity was shown.
Also in 2002, Maui appeared in the film Hibla where she shared the lead with fellow actress Rica Peralejo. In separate situations in the film, both actresses appeared nude and performed s-- scenes with different actors. Hibla grossed over Php 60,000,000 ($1,100,000 USD) and enjoyed stealing people's attention as it featured a French kissing scene between Maui and Peralejo (non-lesbian situation). The film is noted for its stunning capture of natural scenery.
2003 was the last year Maui was active in films. In April 2003, Maui Taylor starred with actress Katya Santos in the s-- comedy S-- Drive, which was deeply inspired by the movie Y' Tu MaMa Tambien. Although it was blasted by critics for its pointless plot and s-- scenes, S-- Drive made around Php 64,500,000.
For her next movie titled Ang Huling Birhen Sa Lupa (international title: The Last Virgin), Maui had to work extra hard as she played a mentally retarded girl and had to live up to the acting prowess of Ara Mina and Jay Manalo, both veterans in the local film industry. Maui Taylor also had to go through rigid training in order to think and act convincingly like a 10 year old girl (her character in the story is 16 years old) and had to prepare herself for a rape scene.
Later in 2003, Maui's film career started sliding as two of her films with Viva, Masamang Ugat and Bugbog Sarado failed to ignite in the local box-office. On the home video front, the star enjoyed a rise in her popularity boosted by the hot sales of the s--y music video collection S-- Goddess.
Maui Taylor continues to be one of the most popular models and actresses in Filipino entertainment. The November 2005 issue of FHM featured an exclusive interview of Taylor as well as a hot-looking cover of her.
Maui is expected to star in the upcoming Philippine movie Short Time, a s-- comedy that will be released later this year.
Film List for Maui Taylor
Hibla (2002) .... Clara
Gamitan (2002) .... Cathy Manalo
S2pid Luv (2002)
Lahat ng ito'y para sa 'yo, Ang (1998)
"Anna Karenina" (1996) TV Series .... Brigitte (1997-1999)
"TGIS" (1995) TV Series
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