Bishil in 2005
|Born||Summer Yasmine Bishil
July 17, 1988
Pasadena, California, U.S.
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.
Bishil was born in Pasadena, California and is the youngest of three children. Her mother is a White American, and her father is of Saudi Arabian and Indian heritage. In 1991, when Bishil was three years old, the family moved to Saudi Arabia, later relocating to Bahrain, where she and her older brother attended the British School of Bahrain and the Bahrain School.
The family returned to California in 2002, 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.”
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." Bob Strauss, who writes for several Los Angeles newspapers, states that Bishil, "...is one of the finest natural film actresses to emerge in years." 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."
|2009||Crossing Over||Taslima Jahangir|
|2010||Last Airbender, TheThe Last Airbender||Azula|
|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|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Young Hollywood Awards||One to Watch||Towelhead||Won|
|2008||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Actress||Towelhead||Nominated|
- Princess Azula Revealed At Last
- Jones, Michael, "Summer Bishil; 'Nothing is Private' starlet living the dream", Daily Variety, October 19, 2007
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-  "Summer Bishil" - Flaunt Magazine - By Drew Tewksbury - July 2008
- Stevens, Dana (September 12, 2008). "Towelhead; It's no fun being a sexually curious, biracial teenager in Houston.". Slate. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
- Hollywood Life, Volume XIX, No. 1 Spring 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
- "Salon.com". Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- Summer Bishil at the Internet Movie Database
- Summer Bishil at AllMovie
- Summer Bishil at the TCM Movie Database