Melissa De Sousa
|Melissa De Sousa|
De Sousa in 1995.
September 25, 1967 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||High School of Performing Arts|
Melissa De Sousa (born September 25, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Shelby in the 1999 romantic comedy-drama film The Best Man and its 2013 sequel The Best Man Holiday. De Sousa also starred as Gabriella Jimenez in BET's Reed Between the Lines (2011). Born in New York City, De Sousa is of Panamanian descent.
Life and career
Born in 1967, De Sousa was raised in New York by Panamanian parents. She began ballet at a very young age, studying under Joan Millin. She attended the High School of Performing Arts, and acting naturally followed.
De Sousa was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Film at the NAACP Image Awards for her performance in The Best Man. Other film credits include 30 Years to Life, Lockdown, Ride, and the short films The Fire This Time and Spark. De Sousa's starring television credits include the short-lived (dropped after seven episodes) Fox series The $treet (2000), Second Time Around (2004–05), and One on One (2002–03).
De Sousa starred in the film The Best Man Holiday, released in November, 2013.
|1999||The Best Man||Shelby|
|2000||Miss Congeniality||Karen Krantz, Miss New York|
|2001||30 Years to Life||Natalie|
|2001||I Shaved My Legs For This||Melissa|
|2003||Biker Boyz||Sheila (uncredited)|
|2008||A Good Man Is Hard To Find||Monica|
|2009||The Killing of Wendy||Angie|
|2010||The Bannen Way||Catalina|
|2012||She Is Not My Sister||Stacey|
|2013||The Best Man Holiday||Shelby|
|1992||The Trials of Rosie O'Neill||Cricket||Episode: "Sweet Sixteen"|
|1992||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Melissa Skyler||Episode: "Words Up!"|
|1993||Getting By||Randee||Episode: "Do the Fright Thing"|
|1993||Silk Stalkings||Ellie Rose||Episode: "Tough Love"|
|1993–1994||Living Single||Carmen / Lisa||2 episodes|
|1994||The Sinbad Show||Actress||Episode: "David Goes Skiing|
|1994||Valley of the Dolls||Neely O'Hara||65 episodes|
|1995||Simon||Brenda||Episode: "Simon Hunts a Rat"|
|1996||Married... with Children||Jaclyn||2 episodes|
|1996||ER||Estella||Episode: "Baby Shower"|
|1997||The Wayans Bros.||Charmaine||Episode: "I Do..."|
|1997||Moesha||Jennifer||Episode: "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number"|
|1998||Damon||Stacy Phillips||7 episodes|
|1999||Grown Ups||Donna||2 episodes|
|2000–2001||The $treet||Donna Pasqua||12 episodes (7 aired in US)|
|2002–2003||One on One||Natalie Odessa||12 episodes|
|2004–2005||Second Time Around||Coco||13 episodes|
|2006||The Ron Clark Story||Marissa Vega||TV movie|
|2006||Saturday Night Life||Darlene Maye||Short|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||Christine Nelson||Episode: "The Ghost Within"|
|2007||Bats: Human Harvest||O'Neal||TV movie|
|2008||Danny Fricke||Erika Valdez||TV movie|
|2009||CHICK: Within Me Lives a Superhero||Wildfire||2 episodes|
|2010||Castle||Liz Penn||Episode: "A Deadly Game"|
|2011||Reed Between the Lines||Gabriella / Gabriella Jimenez||20 episodes|
|2013||Shameless||Tina||Episode: "May I Trim Your Hedges?"|
|2015–present||Single Ladies||Austin Aguilera|