Vella Lovell

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Vella Lovell (born September 13, 1985) is an American actress, best known for playing Heather Davis in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Khadija in The Big Sick.[1][2]


Lovell attended Interlochen Arts Camp and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. She then went on to graduate from Juilliard in New York City.[3]

Lovell had minor roles in TV series Girls and Younger before joining the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in 2015.[4] In 2017, Lovell had a supporting role in the romantic comedy The Big Sick.[5] She also had a small role in the Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles.

In 2018, she voiced Princess Mermista in the Netflix Series, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.


Lovell has often been mistakenly identified as, and sometimes cast as, ethnically South Asian,[6][7][8][9][10] when in fact she is of mixed black and white descent.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Three Dates Danielle Short
2015 OM City Sarah Guest (1 episode)
Bears Discover Fire Nurse Short
LFE Anj TV Movie
2015–2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Heather Davis Main (44 episodes)
2016 Girls Adele Guest (1 episode)
Younger Taylor Guest (1 episode)
2017 The Big Sick Khadija
Literally, Right Before Aaron Jen
Flip the Script The Development Exec Guest (1 episode)
2018–present She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Mermista (voice) Recurring
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Wendy
TBA Speed of Life Laura (Post-Production)


  1. ^ Gans, Andrew (8 January 2017). "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Renewed for Third Season". Playbill. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ Demaria, Meghan (2 December 2016). "Heather Takes Center Stage In This Exclusive Clip From Crazy Ex-Girlfriend". Refinery29. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-29. Retrieved 2018-04-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Woman Crush Wednesday: Vella Lovell Is The Wonderfully Normal Friend of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'". 14 December 2016.
  5. ^ Berkshire, Geoff (21 January 2017). "Film Review: 'The Big Sick'".
  6. ^ willmckinley (2016-01-25). "Update: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: a Musical with Modern Sensibility + a Classic Heart". cinematically insane. Archived from the original on 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2017-07-07. Her hipster next-door neighbor Heather is played by Vella Lovell, an actress of Indian descent.
  7. ^ yusuftamanna (2017-01-30). "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend & why it's the best thing to happen to TV". colour offensive. Archived from the original on 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2017-07-07. Then you have Vella Lovell, who plays the excellent and sarcastic voice of reason Heather Davis. An actress born in New Mexico with Indian heritage, whose character on the show has a black father and a white mother.
  8. ^ "INTO THE NEXT STAGE: What Now When the 'Crazy-Ex Girlfriend' Finally Gets Her Ex Back?". Archived from the original on 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2017-07-07. cast member Vella Lovell is Asian Indian
  9. ^ "TV PRESS TOUR '16! Why We Love Crazy Ex Girlfriend – Its Diverse Cast is Awesome - And Its Leading Actress Just Won A Golden Globe! | DivaGalsDaily". DivaGalsDaily. 2016-01-11. Archived from the original on 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2017-07-07. her new neighbor Heather is played by Vella Lovell, who has Indian roots.
  10. ^ a b 8AsiansVideos (2016-03-14), CAAMFest 2016 - 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' - Vincent Rodriguez III & Vella Lovell, archived from the original on 2019-06-04, retrieved 2017-07-07

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