Summer Bishil

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Summer Bishil
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Bishil in 2005
Born Summer Yasmine Bishil
(1988-07-17) July 17, 1988 (age 26)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Summer Yasmine Bishil (born July 17, 1988) is an American actress. She first came to prominence for her role as Jasira in the 2007 film Towelhead. She was chosen to portray Azula in M. Night Shyamalan's film The Last Airbender.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bishil was born in Pasadena, California and is the youngest of three children. Her mother is American and her father is a Saudi and half Indian. In 1991, when Bishil was three years old, the family moved overseas, where she and her brother attended British and American Schools.[2] The family returned to Pasadena in 2003,[3] where she completed an independent study program for high school. She stated that the return was not easy: "I initially had some tough times trying to assimilate. "It really makes you think about who you are and where you’re at.”[4]


Bishil started acting lessons at age 14. Within a year, she was signed to a contract with a manager and agency. Bishil's first role was on the short-lived Nickelodeon television show Just for Kicks, followed by appearances in several other children's shows before her break-through performance as the lead in Alan Ball's film, Towelhead in 2006, an adaptation of the novel of the same name.

Slate critic Dana Stevens said that "Her performance is the truest thing in a movie that, for all its good intentions, feels thoroughly phony and mildly embarrassing, like an extended PSA about inappropriate touching."[5] Bob Strauss, who writes for several Los Angeles newspapers, states that Bishil, " one of the finest natural film actresses to emerge in years."[citation needed] Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times in a September 12 review of the movie Towelhead, stated that, "...newcomer Summer Bishil turns in a gutsy, quietly riveting performance as Jasira."[citation needed]

In 2009, she filmed Wayne Kramer's project, Crossing Over, starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Towelhead Jasira Maroun
2009 Crossing Over Taslima Jahangir
2010 Mooz-lum Iman
2010 Public Relations Sara
2010 Last Airbender, TheThe Last Airbender Azula
2011 Pop Star Priscilla
2012 Blast Vegas Serena
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Days of Our Lives Stacey Episode #1.10164
2006 Just for Kicks Stacey Episode: "Premiere Episode: Part 2"
2006 Drake & Josh Tabitha Episode: "Josh Runs Into Oprah"
2006 Hannah Montana Rachel Episode: "Good Golly, Miss Dolly"
2006 Return to Halloweentown Aneesa TV film
2009 Three Rivers Karen Rollins Episode: "Good Intentions"
2010 Whole Truth, TheThe Whole Truth Michelle Penner Episode: "Young Love"
2011 90210 Leila Shirazi 4 episodes
2013 Lucky 7 Samira Cancelled TV series (8 Epi.)
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Heba Salim 1 episode
2015 iZombie Eliza Marquette Episode: "Live Until You Die"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Young Hollywood Awards One to Watch Towelhead[6] Won
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Towelhead[7] Nominated


  1. ^ Princess Azula Revealed At Last
  2. ^ Jones, Michael, "Summer Bishil; 'Nothing is Private' starlet living the dream", Daily Variety, October 19, 2007
  3. ^ "Arabian". Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  4. ^ [1] "Summer Bishil" - Flaunt Magazine - By Drew Tewksbury - July 2008
  5. ^ Stevens, Dana (September 12, 2008). "Towelhead; It's no fun being a sexually curious, biracial teenager in Houston.". Slate. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  6. ^ Hollywood Life, Volume XIX, No. 1 Spring 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 

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