DeWanda Wise

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DeWanda Wise
DeWanda Wise (2019).png
Wise in 2019
DeWanda Jackson

Alma materTisch School of the Arts
Years active2006–present
(m. 2009)

DeWanda Wise is an American actress. She starred in Spike Lee's Netflix comedy-drama series She's Gotta Have It (2017–19), a contemporary updating of his 1986 film.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born DeWanda Jackson in Jessup, Maryland and raised in Woodlawn, Laurel, and Baltimore.[1][3] In high school, Wise thought she wanted to be a therapist until she took AP Psychology and decided that was not the case.[4] 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.[3] 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.[3] During her undergraduate years, Wise worked as a resident assistant and a stocker at Trader Joe's.[5]


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.[6][7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] The same year, she appeared in the comedy film The Weekend directed by Stella Meghie.[11] In 2019, Wise starred alongside Gina Rodriguez and Brittany Snow in the romantic comedy film Someone Great for Netflix.[12] She later was cast opposite Kevin Hart and Alfre Woodard in the comedy-drama Fatherhood, and Jurassic World: Dominion.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Wise married actor Alano Miller in 2009 after three months of dating.[15][16][17][3] Wise is vegan.[3][18] She lives in Pasadena, California.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Super Powers Mrs. Elliot Short film
2006 Who's Calling Val
2007 Pariah Mike
2007 Spinning into Butter Claudia Thompson
2007 Soul Mates Psyche
2007 African Booty Scratcher Isatu Short film
2007 Steam Lynn
2009 Precious Miriam Uncredited
2009 Us: A Love Story Scowling Woman Short film
2009 Beyond Words Paige
2010 Train
2010 Pour aimer, encore Syl
2011 A Walk in the Park
2011 Smoking/No Smoking Reporter
2011 Black Swan Theory Short film
2012 Frisk G
2015 Knucklehead Charlotte
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


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"
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 Underground Clara 5 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"


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 14, 2016). "'She's Gotta Have It': DeWanda Wise Is Nola Darling In Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Britto, Brittany. "Maryland native DeWanda Wise brings a modern touch to Netflix revival of 'She's Gotta Have It'". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Nelson, Michelle Antoinette (January 2, 2018). "DeWanda Wise Stars in Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It". Baltimore magazine. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Blake, Meredith (November 18, 2017). "'I am inherently politicized': DeWanda Wise on becoming Spike Lee's millennial Nola Darling". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "'How to Tell You're a Douchebag': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Pais, Matt. "'How to Tell You're a Douchebag' is total amateur hour".
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (February 18, 2016). "DeWanda Wise Aims At 'Shots Fired'; Adina Porter Joins 'The Jury'".
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (July 18, 2019). "'She's Gotta Have It' To End With Season 2 On Netflix".
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 15, 2018). "DeWanda Wise Exits 'Captain Marvel' Role".
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 8, 2018). "Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell & DeWanda Wise To Star In Stella Meghie's Next Film 'The Weekend'".
  12. ^ Washington, Jasmine (April 19, 2019). "DeWanda Wise Shines In Netflix's 'Someone Great'". EBONY.
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 2, 2019). "'She's Gotta Have It' Star DeWanda Wise Boards 'Fatherhood' Film At Sony".
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 18, 2019). "'Jurassic World 3' Lands DeWanda Wise".
  15. ^ Porter, Lauren. "Married 'Underground' Stars Alano Miller and DeWanda Wise Photo". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  16. ^ Oliver, Brittney (April 11, 2017). "Alano Miller Can't Believe DeWanda Wise Woke Up Like This". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  17. ^ "DeWanda Wise plays a millennial Nola Darling in Spike Lee's updated 'She's Gotta Have It' – Jackson Observer". Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  18. ^ "Spike Lee's 'It' Girl DeWanda Wise and Husband Alano Miller are Vegan Couple Goals | LIVEKINDLY". LIVEKINDLY. October 31, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "Loving Star Alano Miller Shares His Haute Secrets to LA". Haute Living. November 23, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2018.

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