04/19/2012 02:21 pm ET Updated Apr 19, 2012

Taylor Schilling: Who Is Zac Efron's 'The Lucky One' Co-Star?

She's Zac Efron's newest leading lady, but who exactly is Taylor Schilling? The blond beauty -- who we think bears an uncanny resemblance to "Revenge" actress Amber Valletta -- appears alongside the "High School Musical" hearthrob in the new Nicholas Sparks-adapted film "The Lucky One" (in theaters Friday).

And she sure is lucky. Ever since nabbing the leading role in Hollywood's newest weepy romance -- a soldier credits his survival to finding Schilling's character's photo (tear!) -- Schilling has been a paparazzi magnet, raising the question, where did she come from?

The 27-year-old got her start in the industry with a small part in the 2007 film "Dark Matter," starring Meryl Streep -- not a bad co-star to rub elbows with for a first-timer. From there, Schilling went on to land a leading role in the NBC drama "Mercy."

This time, luck wasn't in Schilling's corner just yet as the show was canceled after one season in 2010. But Schilling had a second go at top billing in 2011's "Atlas Shrugged," based on Ayn Rand's 1957 novel.

The Hollywood newcomer must have a thing for literary-inspired roles, as her next gig would come in the flick adapted from Nicholas Sparks -- the writer behind other romance novels-turned-films like "The Last Song" and "The Notebook -- alongside Efron.

And what does she think of her hunky co-star's tonsil hockey skills?

"He knows what he's doing," Schilling told Hollyscoop. "I can't complain, those aren't hard days at work."

Do you think Schilling could be Hollywood's newest "it" girl? Let us know in the comments!



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