Ashley Holliday

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Ashley Holliday Tavares
Born Ashley Renee Popelka
Burbank, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Actress, Director
Years active 1986–present

Ashley Holliday Tavares is an American actress best known for playing Chloe Delgado on the 2010 ABC Family series Huge[1][2] and Melissa Sanders on the 2012 Nick at Nite serial drama Hollywood Heights.[3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Tavares, born Ashley Popelka, was born in Burbank, California and is of Cape Verdean & Czech Republic descent. Her last name Popelka translates to "Cinderella" in Czech. Her father, 'Butch' Feliciano Vierra Tavares, Jr. is one of five Cape Verdean-American brothers who formed the Grammy winning R&B, funk and soul music group Tavares, (also known as The Tavares Brothers) who were featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and had such hits as "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" and "It Only Takes a Minute".

Since her mother, Jacqueline Popelka is a production coordinator, Ashley spent her youth traveling and living all over the world while her mom worked on different movies, including three years in Jamaica. Growing up in different cultures influenced Ashley to be a more well-rounded actress. When a film brought her Mom back to her home town of Los Angeles, Ashley attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she studied Theater.[2] She then trained at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, until she moved back to Los Angeles where she studied at the acclaimed Playhouse West, Lesly Kahn Institute and John Rosenfeld Studios.


Ashley began her career at an early age, as the daughter of Stanley Tucci's character on the Miami Vice episode "Baby Blues" in 1986.[2] Her breakout role came in 2010, when Holliday booked a leading role in the ABC Family series Huge.[1][2] In 2012, she played quirky Melissa Sanders on TeenNick's Hollywood Heights,[3][4][5][6] followed by Rita in the film The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez[7] and a cameo in Team Unicorn's latest music video "For the Win".[8] In 2013, she appeared in two episodes of the Pretty Little Liars spin-off, Ravenswood. Most recently, Ashley stars as Diane in the film "Hanky Panky", based on the award-winning short by the same name.



Year Title Role Notes
Year Project Role Notes
1995 Just Cause Slumber Party Girl as Ashley Popelka
1997 Wild America Mountain Family Daughter as Ashley Popelka
2006 Discreet Angie Also co-director and associate producer
2010 You, Only Better... Jackie Mabovitch Film
2012 The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Rita Film
2014 Hanky Panky (short) Diane Short Film, Lead
2014 Nanoblood Satisfied Customer Short Film, Supporting
2016 Bachelorettus Interruptus Lily Short Film, Writer, Director, Supporting
2016 Hanky Panky Diane Film, Lead

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1986 Miami Vice Baby Demarco NBC 1 episode: "Baby Blues"[2]
2010 Huge Chloe Delgado ABC Family 10 episodes[1][2]
2012 Hollywood Heights Melissa Sanders Nick at Nite Contract player/80 episodes[3][4][5]
2013 Ravenswood Lila Collins ABC Family Guest Star, Recurring, 2 Episodes: "The Devil Has a Face" & "Scared to Death"[9]
2016 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Donna Estrella FX 1 episode, co-star

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2013 "For the Win" Team Unicorn
2014 "Heart of the Moment" Mansions on the Moon


  1. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (March 22, 2010). "Nikki Blonsky to star in ABC Family's Huge". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sorge, Bessie (August 30, 2010). "Ashley Holliday Talks About Her New Series Huge!". Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Lloyd, Robert (June 18, 2012). "Television review: Stars in their eyes in Hollywood Heights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Caramanica, Joe (July 9, 2012). "Going Steady With a Telenovela". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Lowry, Brian (June 7, 2012). "Review: Hollywood Heights". Variety. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Davis, Joslyn (August 8, 2012). "Ashley Holliday Talks Hollywood Heights and James Franco". ClevverTV. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Scheck, Frank (December 10, 2012). "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Goldman, Eric (February 12, 2013). "Get Ready "For the Win" The Geek and Gamer girls are back and going into battle.". Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Pavlica, Carissa (November 8, 2013). "Ravenswood shocker: Are Caleb and Miranda related?". Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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