Heart to heart with ‘Two and a Half Men’ outsider Jennifer Taylor

In her most expansive interview, Charlie Sheen’s TV fiancé on #MeToo, bad auditions, intuition, awkwardness, health, and God

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Photography by Paul Taylor
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Donning a striped white and navy blue jumper circa 1975, irresistibly cute three-year-old Jennifer Bini Taylor wouldn’t smile until she was given two quarters to hold. Check out JenniferTaylorOnline.com to stay in the loop. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection

The Jennifer Taylor Interview

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Fifteen-year-old Coral Springs High School Colts wide receiver and defensive back Jennifer Bini Taylor was courageous and driven as the only female player — number 23 to be exact — on her 10th grade football team in the fall of 1987. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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Circa 1979, seven-year-old future “Two and a Half Men” actress Jennifer Taylor spends Christmas at her paternal grandparents’ home in Hoboken, New Jersey. Left to right is grandfather Vito Bini [“Nonno”], father Vincent Bini, grandmother Maria Bini [“Nonna”], mother Susan Bini, Jennifer, cousin Laura Delvescovo, and aunt Anna Delvescovo. Vito and Maria are now deceased. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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“I love Coral Springs!” A dorky 11-year-old Jennifer Bini Taylor, who often fished in the canal in her neighborhood, jubilantly displays a fishing rod and tackle box on Christmas Day 1983 inside her mother’s home in Coral Springs, Florida. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
Watch timid college football waterboy Bobby Boucher [Adam Sandler] awkwardly resist Rita [Jennifer Taylor]’s obvious flirting in 1998’s comedy blockbuster “The Waterboy.” Video Credit: Walt Disney Studios
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Downright hostile Louisiana Cougars Head Coach Red Beaulieu [acclaimed country funk guitar slinger Jerry Reed in his final film role] is out to get mama’s boy Bobby Boucher [Adam Sandler] in director Frank Coraci’s uproariously funny “The Waterboy,” dropped to withering critical notices but overwhelming box office returns on November 6, 1998. Image Credit: screengrab / Pastebin / Walt Disney Studios
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“Shameless” recurring guest star Jennifer Taylor, electrician-husband Paul Taylor, son Jake, and youngest child Samantha cut up for the camera during 4th of July 2015. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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A man caught with shaving cream on his face must be a tempting sight: Notorious womanizer Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] is finally tamed by Chelsea Melini [Jennifer Taylor] while filming “Whipped Unto the Third Generation,” the second episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” seventh season broadcast on September 28, 2009. Photography by Greg Gayne / Warner Bros. / CBS Television
Broadcast on September 22, 2003, watch unabashed bachelor Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] and then-endearing nephew Jake Harper [Angus T. Young] stumble upon hot grocery store shopper Suzanne [Jennifer Taylor” in the pilot of “Two and a Half Men.” Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
Watch Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] meet Chelsea Melini’s [Jennifer Taylor] super prejudiced mother Martha [Meagen Fay] in a scene from “Hello, I Am Alan Cousteau,” the 20th episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” sixth season broadcast on April 13, 2009. Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
“Oh, not the nipples!” See why breast reduction for Chelsea [Jennifer Taylor] is an excruciating thought for Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] in “Give Me Your Thumb,” the sixth episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” seventh season which aired on November 2, 2009. Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
“Good morning, Satan:” Watch Chelsea [Jennifer Taylor] realize that Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen]’s mother Evelyn [Holland Taylor] has no idea of her son’s impending marriage in “Hello, I Am Alan Cousteau,” the 20th episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” sixth season broadcast on April 13, 2009. Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
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“In 2001, I booked a Chuck Lorre pilot that didn’t get picked up. But he gave me a part in his next pilot and promised to have me back. That show was “Two and a Half Men.” Chuck kept his promise and brought me back as three other characters. For that I am eternally grateful. I got to learn from and work alongside some of the funniest, smartest, most talented people on the planet. Every day on that set was a gift and a blessing. Comedy writer-producer Chuck Lorre and Jennifer Taylor, who played Charlie Harper’s fiancé Chelsea Melini during seasons six and seven, are seen at the “Two and a Half Men” series wrap party on February 19, 2015, at Stage 26 on the Warner Bros. lot. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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Jennifer Taylor and her former “Two and a Half Men” stand-in April Audia catch up on past times at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Los Angeles County on August 24, 2018. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
See Chelsea [Jennifer Taylor] accidentally swallow an engagement ring from playboy Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] in “The Ocu or the Pado?,” the 17th episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” sixth season broadcast on March 9, 2009. Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
This is another test, isn’t it? Take a look at what transpires when Chelsea [Jennifer Taylor] gets sick in “My Son’s Enormous Head,” the 18th episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” sixth season aired on March 16, 2009. Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
“I was thinking more like renting a chick flick and ordering Italian.” Watch therapist Jane Lynch realize that couples counseling with Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] and Chelsea [Jennifer Taylor] may be complicated in “I’d Like to Start with the Cat,” the 15th episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” sixth season broadcast on February 9, 2009. Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
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Manipulative Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] comforts broken-hearted Gail [Tricia Helfer] and secretly wishes for a little monkey business as fiancé Chelsea Melini [Jennifer Taylor] obliviously smiles in “Gorp. Fnark. Schmegle,” the eighth episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” seventh season telecast on November 16, 2009. Photography by Greg Gayne / Warner Bros. / CBS Television
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Guest star Gregg Binkley, co-star Brad Heller, lead actor David A.R. White, his daughter Everson White, and guest star Jennifer Taylor are captured between takes of “Malibu Dan the Family Man’s” upcoming season two episode “Macaroni and Sneeze” in Hollywood on May 25, 2018. According to the Christian-themed situation comedy’s official description on the Pure Flix website, “‘Malibu Dan’ follows Dan Marshall as he juggles his home life with wife and daughter and the demands as co-host of the pre-dawn talk show ‘Good Morning, Malibu.’” Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
“Still worth it!” See the painfully awkward moment when Chelsea [Jennifer Taylor] assumes she is romantically apologizing to Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen] but finds his underdog brother Alan [Jon Cryer] instead in “That’s Why They Call It ‘Ball Room,’” the 10th episode of “Two and a Half Men’s” seventh season broadcast on December 7, 2009. Video Credit: Warner Bros. / CBS Television
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“Any day I get to see Kelly is a good day.” Shortly after Thanksgiving on November 30, 2017, “Two and a Half Men” actors Kelly Stables [Jon Cryer aka Alan Harper’s perpetually peppy chiropractic receptionist-girlfriend Melissa] and Jennifer Taylor [Charlie Sheen aka Charlie Harper’s down to earth girlfriend Chelsea Melini] reunite for lunch and a selfie somewhere in Los Angeles. Photography by Jennifer Taylor
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Madeleine Stowe, Andie MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Drew Barrymore depict sultry prostitutes-turned-gunslingers in director Jonathan Kaplan’s tepidly-reviewed “Bad Girls,” unleashed on April 22, 1994. Photography by Merrick Morton / 20th Century Fox
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LEFT: Jennifer Taylor, who guest starred in the “NCIS” twelfth season episode “The Lost Boys,” sports Minnie Mouse ears while practicing a little archery on June 15, 2015. Taylor was camping with her daughter Samantha’s Girl Scouts troop. Photography by Paul Taylor; RIGHT: If you wanna see her crazy side…money-hungry secretary Karen Tellman [Jennifer Taylor] brandishes a handgun over unconscious husband Jacob Tellman [Aiden Turner] in “The Perfect Boyfriend,” which aired July 5, 2013. The Lifetime movie of the week served as Taylor’s debut project for the female-driven network. Photography by Charles Christopher / Hearst Communications / The Walt Disney Company
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“God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” co-star Jennifer Taylor, mini-me son Jake, youngest child Samantha, and electrician-husband Paul Taylor spend Easter Sunday 2018 together. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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“Two and a Half Men” leading lady Jennifer Taylor and kids Samantha and Jake attend a children’s play based on the classic book “Charlotte’s Web” at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Pasadena, California, on March 22, 2016. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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A German magazine photo spread finds Jennifer Bini Taylor in the carefree mid-nineties. According to the frequent Lifetime television movie topliner, “A lot of German catalogs and magazines shot in Miami Beach where these photos were actually taken. I modeled from about 1989–1999 and then sporadic after that.” Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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On November 26, 2015, “A Deadly Romance” heroine Jennifer Taylor clasps a fresh-out-of-the-oven, mouthwatering organic turkey which she baked for her family’s Thanksgiving meal. Photography by Paul Taylor
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“I’m not a gardener, but I reap the benefits of my husband’s green thumb. Squash — it’s what’s for dinner.” On a sunny California afternoon [September 29, 2018], “Like a Country Song” actor Jennifer Taylor sports a red long sleeved thermal top as she ventures into constant companion Paul Taylor’s organic vegetable garden. Photography by Paul Taylor
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A publicity shoot finds actress Jennifer Taylor displaying a million-watt smile along with a rustic burgundy dress on February 19, 2010, near the end of her “Two and a Half Men” two-season tenure as Charlie Harper [Charlie Sheen’s] down-to-earth girlfriend Chelsea Melini. Photography by Jennifer Kelley Lublin
In a brief interview, see Jennifer Taylor plug the 2018 Christian-themed drama “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.” Video Credit: Pure Flix Entertainment
The official movie trailer for “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” [March 30, 2018], featuring Jennifer Taylor and David A.R. White. Video Credit: Pure Flix Entertainment
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“Who says you’ll never wear your wedding dress again?” Amanda [Jennifer Taylor] is captured in the arms of husband Chris [Todd Cahoon] as director Darin Goldberg surveys the proceedings on location in Taylor’s actual backyard while filming the “Unfaithful” short on June 1, 2018. Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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A screen grab from the upcoming “Unfaithful” short, written and executive produced by Jennifer Taylor, finds the actress and costar Todd Cahoon in a scene filmed in June 2018. The duo previously worked together on the 2018 Lifetime movie of the week “Family Vanished.” Image Credit: The Jennifer Taylor Collection
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In spite of a little dirt and sweat, Michael Landon confidently beams as Charles “Pa” Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie” circa 1978. Image Credit: NBCUniversal
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The book cover of “So That Happened: A Memoir,” written by “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer and published on April 7, 2015. Image Credit: Berkley Books
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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” — Lao Tzu. The green, green grass of home is a tranquil sight for “The Waterboy” cast alum Jennifer Taylor on September 19, 2018, as she stretches out on the lawn of her Los Angeles church. Photography by Kirsten Essiambre

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