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Barbie boy breaking gender barriers with new ad

Taylor Gregory practicing hip hop. (Photo source: WLOX News) Taylor Gregory practicing hip hop. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Taylor Gregory talks about his favorite actor Chris Evans in Captain America. (Photo source: WLOX News) Taylor Gregory talks about his favorite actor Chris Evans in Captain America. (Photo source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

A South Mississippi boy is breaking gender barriers by appearing in the new Barbie commercial that's going viral. The ad promotes gender neutrality by featuring the seven-year-old boy playing with Barbie.

Taylor Gregory Rodriguez, who goes by the stage name Taylor Gregory, lives a busy life. During his interview with WLOX News, he goes over dance moves in hip hop class at Gulf Coast School of Performing Arts in D'Iberville.

The rising star is getting national attention for his role in the Mattel commercial.

"He's in the Barbie Moschino commercial and it's a big deal because a lot of people feel like he is breaking gender roles by saying, 'You can be whatever you want to be and play with whatever you would like to play with,'" said Taylor's mom Renee Rodriguez.

"Moschino Barbie is so fierce," is just one of Taylor's lines in the Barbie ad.

The commercial has being talked about on ET, Huffington Post, Good Morning America and The Talk. It has been viewed close to two million times on one YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/TULVRlpsNWo

"I didn't know it was going to go viral," said Taylor."I was like, okay, it's a commercial. It's about Barbies and all that stuff."

Taylor's mom said landing roles like that come after a lot of work and natural talent.

"He has a very big imagination, so things are, it's easier for him," said Rodriguez. "I feel like it's easier for him to have fun while they're playing."

Rodriguez said Taylor has wanted to act since he was four. On the road to achieving his goal, his mom said he's learned a lot while taking part in more than 120 auditions.

"A movie, you have to say a lot of words and sometimes it might be a little short movie, like 45 minutes or so, and you don't have to say that long of sentences," explained Taylor. "But if it's a commercial, yeah, it's easy because it's, like, only about five lines."

Between homeschooling, travel and auditions, it's safe to say the Barbie star is well on his way to becoming a real-life actor.

Since landing his first role last February, Taylor has played Ted Cruz in a "FunnyOrDie.com" video skit and can also be seen in a trailer with Lady Gaga for "American Horror Story."

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