Taylor Hickson stars as Raelle Collar on Freeform's highly anticipated original series, "Motherland: Fort Salem." Raelle is a reluctant recruit with major authority issues whose mother recently died in the line of duty.
Born and raised in Canada, Hickson's career began at the age of twelve, singing alongside her father on stages throughout British Columbia. As her passion for music deepened, she began writing her own material and graduated high school a year early to focus on her music career. She fell into acting after a relative encouraged her to audition for an agency at 16 years old. One of her first roles was a part in the psychological thriller "Blackway," opposite Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles. She followed that with a lead role in the Canadian indie "Hunting Pignut," based on writer/director Martine Blue's true-life story. Hickson has been working non-stop ever since.
On television, Hickson starred on SYFY's groundbreaking series, "Deadly Class." Executive Produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, the series follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a high school for assassins during the late 1980s counterculture. She also starred in the SYFY's apocalyptic series "Aftermath," opposite Anne Heche.
On film, Hickson had a lead role in the critically acclaimed indie drama "Giant Little Ones," alongside Josh Wiggins, Maria Bello and Kyle MacLachlan. Additional credits include "Deadpool" opposite Ryan Reynolds, "Everything, Everything" opposite Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, and the indie thriller film "Residue."
While acting and music are two of Hickson's greatest passions, she also has a big place in her heart for charity and actively supports International Justice Mission and Free the Children, both of which focus on saving or preventing children being sold into child slavery and providing relief to children living in extreme poverty. Hickson has participated in food drives and raised funds for both organizations. While still in high school, she raised enough money to build a school for underprivileged children and provide them with school supplies.