Wise in 2019
Jessup, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
Early life and education
She was born DeWanda Jackson in Jessup, Maryland and raised in Woodlawn, Laurel, and Baltimore. In high school, Wise thought she wanted to be a therapist until she took AP Psychology and decided that was not the case. She began acting during her sophomore year at Atholton High School when her high school theatre director, Nathan Rosen, offered her a part in a production in lieu of detention. 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 where she befriended Gina Rodriguez. During her undergraduate years, Wise worked as a resident assistant and a stocker at Trader Joe's.
Wise began her career appearing in an episodes of television series include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire. She made her film debut appearing in the 2007 drama film Spinning into Butter starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and later had secondary roles in films Steam (2007) and Precious. In 2016, she played a leading role in the independent romantic comedy film How to Tell You're a Douchebag that premiered at Sundance Film Festival. The following year, Wise had a recurring role in the WGN period drama series Underground, and starred opposite Sanaa Lathan in the Fox miniseries Shots Fired.
In 2017, Wise was cast in a leading role in the Netflix comedy-drama series She's Gotta Have It. The series was canceled after two seasons in 2019. In 2018, she was cast in Disney's Captain Marvel, but left the project due scheduling conflicts with her Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It. The same year, she appeared in the comedy film The Weekend directed by Stella Meghie. In 2019, Wise starred alongside Gina Rodriguez and Brittany Snow in the romantic comedy film Someone Great for Netflix. She later was cast opposite Kevin Hart and Alfre Woodard in the comedy-drama Fatherhood, and Jurassic World: Dominion.
|2006||Super Powers||Mrs. Elliot||Short film|
|2007||Spinning into Butter||Claudia Thompson|
|2007||African Booty Scratcher||Isatu||Short film|
|2009||Us: A Love Story||Scowling Woman||Short film|
|2010||Pour aimer, encore||Syl|
|2011||A Walk in the Park|
|2011||Black Swan Theory||Short film|
|2016||How to Tell You're a Douchebag||Rochelle Marseilles|
|2018||The Weekend||Margo Johnson|
|2019||Someone Great||Erin Kennedy|
|2021||Fatherhood||Lizzie aka Swan||Post-production|
|2022||Jurassic World: Dominion||TBA||Post-production|
|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"|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lakeisha Watkins||Episode: "Dirty"|
|2011||Tokens the Series||Keisha/Karen|
|2011||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||Two episodes|
|2017||Shots Fired||Shameeka Campbell||Main cast, 10 episodes|
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series
|2017–2019||She's Gotta Have It||Nola Darling||Main cast, 19 episodes|
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series
|2019||The Twilight Zone||Alexa Brandt||Episode: "Six Degrees of Freedom"|
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