Jessup, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
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 Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, a contemporary updating of his 1986 film.
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. During her undergraduate years, Wise worked as a resident assistant and a stocker at Trader Joe's.
|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|
|2019||Someone Great||Erin Kennedy|
|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||2 episodes|
|2017||Shots Fired||Shameeka Campbell||Main cast|
|2017–2019||She's Gotta Have It||Nola Darling||Main cast|
|2019||The Twilight Zone||Alexa Brandt||Episode: "Six Degrees of Freedom"|
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