DeWanda Wise

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DeWanda Wise
DeWanda Jackson

ResidencePasadena, California.[1]
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
Years active2006-present
Alano Miller (m. 2009)

DeWanda Jackson (known professionally as DeWanda Wise) is an American actress. She plays the lead role as Nola Darling in Spike Lee's 10-episode 2017 Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, a contemporary updating of his 1986 film.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born DeWanda Jackson in Jessup, Maryland and raised in Woodlawn, Laurel, and Baltimore.[2][4] In high school, Wise thought she wanted to be a therapist until she took AP Psychology and decided that was not the case.[5] She began acting her sophomore year of at Atholton High School when her high school theatre director, Nathan Rosen offered her a part in a production en lieu of detention.[4] In 2006, she graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a bachelor's in fine arts in drama and urban studies.[4] During her undergraduate years, Wise worked as a resident assistant and a stocker at Trader Joe's.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Wise married fellow actor Alano Miller in 2009 after three months of dating.[7][8][9][4] Wise is a vegan.[4][10] She lives in Pasadena, California.[4]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Super Powers Mrs. Elliot Short film
Who's Calling Val
2007 Pariah Mike
Spinning into Butter Claudia Thompson
Soul Mates Psyche
African Booty Scratcher Isatu Short film
Steam Lynn
2009 Precious Miriam Uncredited
Us: A Love Story Scowling Woman Short film
Beyond Words Paige
2010 Train
Pour aimer, encore Syl
2011 A Walk in the Park
Smoking/No Smoking Reporter
Black Swan Theory Short film
2012 Frisk G
2015 Knucklehead Charlotte
2016 How to Tell You're a Douchebag Rochelle Marseilles
2019 Someone Great Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Angela Episode: "World's Fair"
2008 One Life to Live Julianna Episode: "Jumpin' Jehosophat"
2009 The Unusuals Nurse Episode: "42" (S01E05)
2011 The Good Wife Jenni Salerno Episode: "Breaking Up"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lakeisha Watkins Episode: "Dirty"
Tokens the Series Keisha / Karen
Boardwalk Empire Henny Walker Episode: "What Does the Bee Do?"
2012 Firelight Terry Easle TV Movie
2014 The Mentalist Tanya Dean Episode: "Blue Bird"
2015 Sorta My Thing Andrea 2 episodes
2017 Underground Clara 5 episodes
Shots Fired Shameeka Campbell Main cast
2017–present She's Gotta Have It Nola Darling Main cast


  1. ^ "Loving Star Alano Miller Shares His Haute Secrets to LA". Haute Living. 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "Baltimore actress to star in Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' Netflix series; Maryland musicians to be featured". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 14, 2016). "'She's Gotta Have It': DeWanda Wise Is Nola Darling In Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Britto, Brittany. "Maryland native DeWanda Wise brings a modern touch to Netflix revival of 'She's Gotta Have It'". Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  5. ^ Nelson, Michelle Antoinette (2018-01-02). "DeWanda Wise Stars in Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It". Baltimore magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  6. ^ Blake, Meredith (2017-11-18). "'I am inherently politicized': DeWanda Wise on becoming Spike Lee's millennial Nola Darling". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  7. ^ Porter, Lauren. "Married 'Underground' Stars Alano Miller and DeWanda Wise Photo". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  8. ^ Oliver, Brittney (April 11, 2017). "Alano Miller Can't Believe DeWanda Wise Woke Up Like This". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "DeWanda Wise plays a millennial Nola Darling in Spike Lee's updated 'She's Gotta Have It' – Jackson Observer". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  10. ^ "Spike Lee's 'It' Girl DeWanda Wise and Husband Alano Miller are Vegan Couple Goals | LIVEKINDLY". LIVEKINDLY. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2017-12-21.

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