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Date of Birth 3 November 1985Riverside County, California, USA
Birth NameDanièle Lorise Watts

Mini Bio (1)

Daniele Watts made her film debut in the critically acclaimed Academy Award winning blockbuster hit Django Unchained--acting alongside Oscar nominated Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, and Leonardo DiCaprio as "Coco." On TV, she is known as Angela Mullen--love interest to "Shane Botwin" on the 8th season of Showtime's hit show Weeds, and as Martin Lawrence's daughter on the FX show, Partners, also starring Kelsey Grammar (Frazier). Watts studied performance at the North Springs Magnet Arts Program in Atlanta, GA, in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, and in London at the British American Drama Academy. An award-winning theater artist and advocate for arts education, Daniele has taught performance through the Young Storytellers Foundation, Ices Afterschool Program, and the Spark Apprenticeship program-in collaboration with Imaginese Productions. Online she can be seen in a leading role in the romantic comedy Wingman Inc., distributed through Lionsgate, and on Amazon Instant video. Her starring role opposite Max Burkholder (Parenthood) in the independent film, Babysitter, can be viewed as of May 3, 2016 on Digital HD, On Demand and Amazon Instant Video. On YouTube, she plays opposite Brian Jordan Alvarez (Jane the Virgin, Logo's Gay Skit Happens) in The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo--an undeniable online hit that was hand selected to premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival's NOW program. Watts' character "Tatiana" joins the series cast starting in episode 4.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Luber Roklin Entertainment

Trivia (2)

For her first guest-starring role on Cold Case: Read Between the Lines (2009) (Season 7, Episode 7), she worked with rap coach, Jeff Lucky of "SummerSoul Records", to record 2 original songs, which aired on the episode, including the closing montage song, "Read Between the Lines".
On Sept. 11, 2014, Daniele Watts was detained by the LAPD after cops were called to the scene by witnesses claiming to see two people engaged in a sex act in a car. After stating that she had done nothing wrong, and refusing to give her ID, she walked away. She was followed by 2 additional police officers who placed her in handcuffs (allegedly cutting her wrist in the process), detaining her for approximately 30 minutes before they realized who she was, and released her, saying no crime had been committed. She wrote a Facebook post about her frustrations with the incident which went viral and caused The American Civil Liberties Union to release several public statements saying that she was within her right to deny ID-- as California does have a "stop and identify" statute. She also wrote an op-ed article, which was published in the Los Angeles Times, regarding her previous race-related experiences with police officers, and how that affected her stance on civil liberties. Several days after the incident made national news, the LAPD Sergeant who detained her released audio of the incident to the gossip site TMZ, and 6 weeks later, the Los Angeles District Attorney charged her and her partner, Brian James Lucas, with Lewd Conduct. In 2015, almost a year after the initial incident, the couple made an agreement to apologize for "disturbing the peace," and Daniele tweeted her apology letter in which she asked for forgiveness for "heightened emotions," and thanked police officers for the experience. "It allowed me to examine the shame and self-hatred I'd been bottling inside and release it," she said. She also thanked police for the role they played in bringing awareness to the "taboo" subject of interracial relationships-- citing that marriage between "races" was still illegal in the US as recently as 1967. The Van Nuys court house rejected her apology letter calling it "insincere," and ordered her to complete 15 days of community labor. The LAPD Sergeant who ordered her detainment was suspended, without pay, and chose to retire, instead of attending an LAPD mandated disciplinary hearing.

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