Kyla Pratt

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Kyla Pratt
Kyla Pratt 2008.jpg
Pratt attending the 35th birthday of Claudia Jordan at Boulevard 3, Hollywood, California, April 13, 2008
Born Kyla Alissa Pratt
(1986-09-16) September 16, 1986 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Children Lyric Kai Kirkpatrick (born November 2010) Liyah Kirkpatrick (born August 2013)

Kyla Alissa Pratt (born September 16, 1986) is an American actress, known for her roles in films and television, such as Barney & Friends, Let's Stay Together, The Proud Family, One on One, Barney's Great Adventure, Dr. Dolittle, and its four sequels, Dr. Dolittle 2, Dr. Dolittle 3, Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, Fat Albert, Hotel for Dogs, and The Proud Family Movie.

Personal life[edit]

Pratt was born in Los Angeles, California the oldest of five children of Kecia Pratt-McCullar, a schoolteacher, and Johnny McCullar, a semi-professional basketball player.[2][3]

Pratt gave birth to a daughter, Lyric Kai Kirkpatrick, on November 17, 2010. Most recently, she welcomed another daughter, Liyah Kirkpatrick in August of 2013. Lyric and Liyah's father is Danny "KP" Kirkpatrick, a songwriter, hip-hop artist, and well-known tattoo artist.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Pratt began acting at age 8, appearing in commercials for an interactive computer game and Nike. She appeared in an episode of Friends, followed by roles in Smart Guy, Sister, Sister, Family Matters, Lizzie McGuire, Moesha, and The Parkers.[citation needed]

In 2001, she won the role of Breanna Barnes in the UPN series One on One (2001–2006). During the run of One on One, Pratt also voiced Penny Proud, the lead character in the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family. She also voiced the character for The Proud Family Movie in 2005. In addition to television roles, Pratt has also appeared in several feature films including Love & Basketball (2000) and Fat Albert (2004). She played Maya Dolittle in Dr. Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), both of which starred Eddie Murphy. She reprised her role as Maya Dolittle (now the lead character) in the direct-to-DVD releases of Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006), Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008) and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009).[6] In 2009, Kyla Pratt co-starred along Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs. Pratt joined the cast of BET's Let's Stay Together in its second season.[7] In February 2014, Pratt was voted #97 on VH1's 100 Greatest Child Stars.[8] In June 2014 she filmed an ABC Family pilot called Recovery Road based on Blake Nelson's homonym novel, in which she plays a title role alongside Samantha Logan.[9]

Singing career[edit]

As a member of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, Pratt performed a cover version of "Circle of Life" that appeared on the DisneyMania 2 album. She also sang "It's All About Me", for the series soundtrack for The Proud Family. She sang "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" with the Disney Channel Stars.

Filmography[edit]

List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Babysitters Club Becca Ramsay
1997 Riot Jenny Baker
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Marcella Walker
1998 Dr. Dolittle Maya Dolittle
2000 Love & Basketball Young Monica
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Maya Dolittle
2002 More than Puppy Love Jae
2004 The Seat Filler Diona
2004 Fat Albert Doris
2005 The Proud Family Movie Penny Proud
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Maya Dolittle Direct-to-DVD
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Maya Dolittle Direct-to-DVD
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Maya Dolittle Direct-to-DVD
2009 "Hotel for Dogs (film)" Heather
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Where I Live Brittany 1 episode
1995 Barney & Friends Mindy Numerous episodes
Living Single Tracy 1 episode
Touched By An Angel Annie 1 episode
1995–1999 The Parent 'Hood Monica 2 episodes
1996 The Show Nia 1 episode
In the House Erica 2 episodes
ER Lily 1 episode
Friends Charla Nichols 1 episode
1997 Family Matters Kelsey 1 episode
Walker, Texas Ranger Kyla Jarvis 1 episode
1997–1998 Smart Guy Lillie-1/Brandi-2 3 episodes
1998 The Pretender Tracy Johnson 1 episode
Any Day Now Birdie
1999 Becker Keisha
So Weird Kamilah Simmonds
Sister Sister Herself
Jackie's Back Little Jackie Washington Television movie
1999–2000 Moesha Patricia/Sabrina Wilson 2 episodes
2000 The Parkers Shaquilla 1 episode
The Hughleys Kenyatha
Strong Medicine Donna Jenkins
2001 Lizzie McGuire Brooke Baker
2001–2005 The Proud Family Penny Proud (voice) Lead role; 54 episodes
2001–2006 One on One Breanna Latrice Barnes Lead role; 113 episodes
2003 Maniac Magee Amanda Beale Television movie
2004 Veronica Mars Georgia 1 episode
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Penny Proud (voice)
The Proud Family Movie Television movie
2007 Hell on Earth Keri Diamond/Dumpin
2012–present Let's Stay Together Crystal Whitmore Season 2–present
2012 Big Time Movie Herself Television movie
2012 The Mentalist Juliana McVie 1 episode
2015[10] Recovery Road Trish Collins ABC Family Pilot

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kyla Pratt Biography (1986-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  2. ^ Lucas, Michael P. (1999-04-30). "Nickelodeon Lets Kids Name Stars in Their Firmament". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ Spruell, Sakina P. (March 2003). "A day in the life of TV star Kyla Pratt - How They're Living". Black Enterprise. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  4. ^ "IAM SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT". 
  5. ^ Cadet, Danielle (2011-11-10). "Kyla Pratt Confirms Rumors". Huffington Post. 
  6. ^ Parham, Marti (2006-01-16). "'One On One' with Kyla Pratt: child star grows up". Jet. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  7. ^ "Kyla Pratt". BET. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "VH1′s 100 Greatest Kid Stars Of All Time". Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (Jun 3, 2014). "Kyla Pratt & Justin Prentice Join ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Recovery Road’". Deadline.com. Retrieved Jun 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Recovery Road". abc family access. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 

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