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Overview (3)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nicknames New Money
AV
Lyss
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alyssa Veniece was born in Toronto, Canada. Alyssa is an actress, award-winning and platinum selling singer-songwriter, dancer and designer. She is best known for playing the bartender in Molly's Game, acting in Angry Angel as the angel Margot, playing the werewolf Justine in Shadowhunters, and for her role as the new paralegal in the television show Suits.

Alyssa has a diverse ethnicity of Chinese, German, Portugese, Indian and French, while her parents are of Jamaican nationality.

From an early age, Alyssa has been rooted in the creative performance arts. She started dancing at the age of three, began gymnastics by age seven, and in her teen years she competed in hip-hop and jazz dance. She worked as a dance choreographer and made it to the Canadian national hip-hop team.

In 2009, Alyssa began competing in fitness competitions and became the youngest WBFF Pro Bikini athlete at the time. From there, she launched into modeling internationally and appeared in commercials and print ads around the globe.

Alyssa trained and refined her skills in the martial arts of Taekwondo and MMA, which in turn catapulted her into doing her own stunts in film, television, and video games.

She developed her songwriting and vocals, recorded her first independent EP "Pyrrhic" and in 2015, won the SOCAN Pop/Rock Song of the Year Award for her writing on Down with Webster's single "Chills". The song went platinum and earned a Canadian Music Heatseeker Award, JUNO nomination, and MMVA Music Video Award nomination.

Alyssa Veniece lives in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Editor

Trivia (3)

She is Jamaican, Chinese, Portugese, German, Indian, Irish, and French.
Alyssa and her older brother were born on the same day, two years apart.
Her name 'Veniece', is of Latin origin meaning "love, sexual desire." It is derived from the word 'Venus', the Roman Goddess of Love and the word 'Venice', the name of a beautiful ancient city. The numerological value of the name Veniece is number 9: Humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression.

Personal Quotes (5)

I think that's what every artist craves... honest connection to other people, sharing and feeling connected through our weirdest and most emotional selves.
[on her experience as a writer] I always try to be as honest as possible in my work and my writing especially. I tend to be very straight up with people in my personal life and it definitely does transfer over into my style of writing.
[when asked what she loves about acting] The honesty is what it's always been about for me. Whether someone plays a villain or a saint, they are honest with themselves in their actions. I've always been drawn to the truth of things, and I loved that during a movie I was constantly having realizations about life and the way people are. As an actor we get to tell stories, and teach people, while figuring ourselves out during the process. Certain shoots I've worked on have definitely been closure for me of times in my past. It all connects us to each other and to something greater - anything is possible when you're playing pretend! I hate limitations and acting frees you from any cage you ever could imagine. I love acting because it's healing, helpful, hopeful... and ultimately, fun.
[on getting into her character as a geisha in "Warrior"] I've spent a lot of time studying my craft and using the methods that I've learned but I've also found that music is an incredibly strong tool. I like different types of music depending on what I'm doing. I typically steer towards hip-hop, trap, pop, r&b, and electronic. If I'm trying to get into character for a role, I will listen to music that I think that character would listen to. If I think they should be in a certain mood, my musical choices will reflect that to sustain my character.
[on creating her own music] I've been writing songs since I was five years old. I've been writing stories and poetry ever since I could write. When I was about nine or ten, I built a studio in my basement out of inflatable couches and used sheets to lock off my section of the basement as curtains. The sign I hung on it said "Alyssa's Studio." It was my dream to make music before I ever knew it was a dream. I was just doing what I wanted, what made me happy. I would sit down there for hours and write songs on paper.

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