Where is Taye Diggs from? Taye Diggs is from Newark, New Jersey, where he was born Scott Leo Diggs on January 2, 1971. The oldest of five children, Taye grew up Rochester, New York, where he developed his love of acting. His nickname derives from a playful pronunciation of “Scotty,” and after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, he made his showbiz debut with a role in the 1994 Broadway revival of “Carousel!” His big break came two years later, when he originated the role of Benny in “Rent,” the acclaimed musical that also starred his future wife, Idina Menzel. In 1998, Diggs made his film debut with “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” still one of his best-known movies, and he’s since blossomed into a major Hollywood star.
Diggs has certainly transcended his hometown roots, whether we’re talking Newark or Rochester, and he’s now a global celebrity whose personal matters make international headlines. In December 2013, when he and Menzel announced they were splitting after a decade of marriage, it got the Internet buzzing. The breakup came after Menzel had dished to People about the struggles they sometimes had faced. “We work at it,” she told the magazine. “I’m not going to glamorize it or glorify it – we go through tough times like everybody else, but we love each other very much. We try not to be away from each other for more than two weeks at a time, and we try to find new ways to communicate.”
As with many superstar actors, the question isn’t, “Where is Taye Diggs from?” but rather, “Where is he going?” In 2013, Diggs appeared in the films “Baggage Claim” and “The Best Man Holiday,” and in the summer of 2014, he’ll make his debut on the TNT detective drama “Murder In the First.” The show is the latest in a series of TV projects the New Jersey native has undertaken over the years, and other credits include “Private Practice” and “Ally McBeal.”