Hallmark Star Taylor Cole's Stepfather Is A Famous Soap Star

Actor Taylor Cole has made a name for herself by starring in many made-for-TV movies on the Hallmark Channel. Cole got her big break on the teen drama "Summerland" in 2004, and also appeared in music videos for fan-favorite artists such as Ryan Cabrera and Papa Roach over the years, according to All American Speakers. She also landed a role on the wildly popular series "Supernatural" where she played the role of an art dealer in several seasons.

Throughout her career, Cole has also appeared on shows such as "The Originals," "Second Chance," "Castle," "The Glades," "Hawaii Five-0," "Two and a Half Men," and several other notable projects (via IMDb). However, she's best known for her Hallmark roles in popular movies such as "My Summer Prince," "The Art of Us," "Christmas Festival of Ice," and "One Winter Weekend," (via Hallmark Channel). According to Wide Open Country, Cole even met her husband, producer Cameron Larson, on the set of the Hallmark film "Matching Hearts," further proving how deeply connected she is to the wholesome television network.

For Cole, it appears that a love of the spotlight may run in the family, as her mother is a model and her stepfather is actually a well-known soap opera actor.

Taylor Cole's stepdad is Shawn Christian

Taylor Cole's mother is model Deborah Quinn, and in 1996, Quinn met actor Shawn Christian while auditioning for modeling jobs in Chicago (via Feeling The Vibe). They reportedly hit it off right away and began dating soon after. The couple tied the knot in 1996 and were married until 2013, making the "Days of Our Lives" actor Cole's stepfather. Christian, who previously portrayed the role of Dr. Daniel Jonas on "DOOL," is a proud father to Cole, even though he and her mother are no longer married. In 2020, the actor spent Father's Day weekend at Cole and her husband Cameron Larson's wedding, and Christian even penned a sweet tribute to the duo on social media.

"This was the greatest FATHERS DAY gift! My daughter's WEDDING DAY! So this happened last night ... To see and feel the spark of your daughter's storybook love on her Wedding Day has ignited memories for a lifetime," Christian wrote on Instagram. "SO PROUD of the amazing young lady you have blossomed into. You're the perfect gentleman for her Cameron. Blessed to call you family. I will be gushing for quite some time so bear with me," he added.

Although Christian is no longer Cole's stepfather legally speaking, it's obvious that he considers the actress his daughter, and the two actually have a lot in common.

Taylor Cole and Shawn Christian are a lot alike

Taylor Cole and Shawn Christian are both actors, and according to Soaps, they've actually co-starred on a project before. The pair worked side-by-side on the TV series "Summerland" when Cole was younger. While Cole is best known for her Hallmark films, and Christian his role on "Days of Our Lives," the 56-year-old actor has also starred in Hallmark projects such as "Love In The Sun" (via Hallmark Channel).

In addition, Christian also met his current love, Arianne Zucker, on set. While Cole married her husband after meeting him on the set of a Hallmark film, Christian and Zucker fell in love while co-starring together on "Days of Our Lives." The couple has been dating for years, and in 2022 they officially got engaged, per Soaps in Depth. Although Christian is no longer on "Days of Our Lives," he's been keeping himself busy with other projects. Meanwhile, Cole signed a multi-picture deal with Crown Media Family Networks in April 2022, ensuring that fans will be seeing her on the Hallmark Channel for the foreseeable future (via Deadline). Since she and her stepfather have starred together in the past, perhaps Cole and Christian will reunite on screen for a Hallmark family project in the future.