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      DeWanda Wise

      DeWanda Wise

      Highest Rated: 87% The Weekend (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 23% Poolman (2023)

      Birthday: May 30, 1984

      Birthplace: Jessup, Maryland, USA

      DeWanda Wise was an American actress who garnered new attention when she landed a starring role on the Spike Lee television series "She's Gotta Have It" (Netflix, 2017- ) as well as a role on the Fox series "Shots Fired." Born and raised in a working class area of Baltimore, Maryland, Wise always dreamt of becoming an actress. She would perform for friends and family members throughout her childhood, with her eyes set on making a career for herself in Hollywood. When it came time to enter college, Wise enrolled in the acting program in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While attending NYU, Wise learned to hone her acting craft, while also performing in various Off-Broadway plays. After graduation, Wise spent her days auditioning for film and TV roles in New York, while performing in local theater at night. She drew wide acclaim amongst New York's haughty theater critics for her role in playwright Dominique Morisseau's acclaimed drama "Sunset Baby." Despite her success on stage, however, Wise longed to be a screen actress. In the mid-2000s she started landing small roles in acclaimed indie films like "Spinning Into Butter" (2007) and "Precious" (2009), thus quickly establishing herself as a talented young actress to watch. The roles continued into the 2010s, with Wise branching out into TV with guest spots on "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010-14) and "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008-2015). Then in 2016 she nabbed lead roles in the Fox show "Shots Fired" and as the star of Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It." Adapted from Lee's 1986 film of the same name and set to stream on Netflix, Wise played the lead role of Nola Darling, a progressive young woman who is in love with three men at the same time.

      Highest rated movies

      The Weekend Someone Great Fatherhood Jurassic World Dominion
      Poolman

      Photos

      Dewavda Wise at arrivals for SPIKE LEE''S SHE''S GOTTA HAVE IT Season 2 Premiere, Alamo Drafthouse, Brooklyn, NY May 23, 2019. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for 14th Annual CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner, Balthazar Restaurant, New York, NY April 29, 2019. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for THE APOLLO Opening Night Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Apollo Theater, New York, NY April 24, 2019. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for SOMEONE GREAT Premiere on NETFLIX, ArcLight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA April 17, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for THE TWILIGHT ZONE Series Premiere on CBS ALL ACCESS, Harmony Gold Theater, Los Angeles, CA March 26, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for PaleyFest LA 2019 CBS All Access Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 24, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for 2017 GLAMOUR Women of The Year Awards, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY November 13, 2017. Photo By: Kristin Callahan DeWanda Wise at arrivals for 2017 GLAMOUR Women of The Year Awards - Part 2, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY November 13, 2017. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for WGN America's UNDERGROUND Season Two Premiere, Regency Westwood Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 28, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection DeWanda Wise at arrivals for 48th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA February 11, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection SOMEONE GREAT, FROM LEFT: GINA RODRIGUEZ, DEWANDA WISE, BRITTANY SNOW, 2019. PH: SARAH SHATZ/© NETFLIX SOMEONE GREAT, FROM LEFT: DEWANDA WISE, BRITTANY SNOW, GINA RODRIGUEZ, 2019. PH: SARAH SHATZ/© NETFLIX SOMEONE GREAT, FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR JENNIFER KAYTIN ROBINSON, BRITTANY SNOW, GINA RODRIGUEZ, DEWANDA WISE, ON SET, 2019. PH: SARAH SHATZ/© NETFLIX SOMEONE GREAT, FROM LEFT: BRITTANY SNOW, GINA RODRIGUEZ, DIRECTOR JENNIFER KAYTIN ROBINSON, DEWANDA WISE, ON SET, 2019. PH: SARAH SHATZ/© NETFLIX SOMEONE GREAT, ON COUCH FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR JENNIFER KAYTIN ROBINSON, DEWANDA WISE, GINA RODRIGUEZ, ON SET, 2019. PH: SARAH SHATZ/© NETFLIX SOMEONE GREAT, FROM LEFT: DEWANDA WISE, GINA RODRIGUEZ, BRITTANY SNOW, 2019. PH: SARAH SHATZ/© NETFLIX HOW TO TELL YOU'RE A DOUCHEBAG, from left: DeWanda Wise, Charles Brice, 2016. ph: Cory Fraiman Lott/ HOW TO TELL YOU'RE A DOUCHEBAG, from left: Charles Brice, DeWanda Wise, 2016. ph: Cory Fraiman Lott/ HOW TO TELL YOU'RE A DOUCHEBAG, from left: DeWanda Wise, Alexander C. Mulzac, 2016. ph: Cory Fraiman Lott/ HOW TO TELL YOU'RE A DOUCHEBAG, DeWanda Wise, 2016. ph: Cory Fraiman Lott/

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Imaginary Jessica (Character) - 2024
      23% No Score Yet Poolman Unknown (Character) - 2023
      29% 77% Jurassic World Dominion Kayla Watts (Character) $376.0M 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Proxy Lisa (Character) - 2022
      68% 71% Fatherhood Lizzie aka Swan (Character) - 2021
      83% 65% Someone Great Erin (Character) - 2019
      87% 44% The Weekend Margo Johnson (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 67% How to Tell You're a Douchebag Rochelle Marseilles (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Where You Go Screenwriter - 2016
      No Score Yet 80% Knucklehead Charlotte (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 60% Firelight Terry Easle (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet African Booty Scratcher Isatu (Character) - 2007

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Women Sloane (Character) 2024
      78% 58% She's Gotta Have It Nola Darling (Character) 2017 2019
      67% 44% The Twilight Zone Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 51% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2019
      84% 95% Shots Fired Shameeka Campbell (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      93% 90% The Good Wife Jenni Salerno (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Angela (Guest Star) 2007