Melissa De Sousa Biography
Melissa De Sousa is an American actress best known for her appearance in the 1999 romantic comedy-drama film The Best Man and its 2013 sequel The Best Man Holiday and in BET’s Reed Between the Lines in 2011.
She was selected for Best Supporting Actress in a Film at the NAACP Image Awards for her exhibition in The Best Man. Other film credits incorporate 30 Years to Life, Lockdown, Ride, and the short movies The Fire This Time and Spark.
De Sousa’s featuring TV credits incorporate the brief Fox arrangement The $treet in 2000, Second Time Around from 2004 to 2005, and One on One from 2002 to 2003. She featured in the film The Best Man Holiday, discharged in November 2013.
Melissa De Sousa Age
De Sousa was born on 25 September 1967 in New York, New York, United States. He is 51 years old as of 2018
Melissa De Sousa Parents | Melissa De Sousa Family
She was born and raised in New York by Panamanian parents. Her parent’s identity is not known. She started ballet when she was young, studying under Joan Millin.
Melissa De Sousa Husband
It is not known whether she is married or not. She has been so secretive since she joined film work. She has never shown her boyfriend or husband to be in the public
Melissa De Sousa Height and Weight
She stands at a height of 1.64 meters. She weights 52 kg
Melissa De Sousa Best Man
De Sousa was cast as Shelby in the 1999 romantic comedy-drama film “The Best Man” Mia’s sorority sister and Murch’s manipulative, domineering girlfriend whom the other men openly dislike.
Melissa De Sousa Miss Congeniality
De Sousa was cast as Miss New York Karen Krantz in the 2000 American action comedy film “Miss Congeniality”
Melissa De Sousa One On One
De Sousa was cast as Natalie Odessa, Breanna’s teacher who later dates Flex in the American sitcom “One on One ”
Melissa De Sousa Net Worth
She has made a good net worth of around $2 million dollars
Melissa De Sousa Interview
Melissa De Sousa Covers Rolling Out, Opens Up About Career Highs & Lows
Panamanian-American actress Melissa De Sousa graces the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Out magazine and she’s not holding anything back. De Sousa speaks candidly about her acting career, landing huge roles like “The Best Man Holiday,” the sequel to the 1999 hit “The Best Man,” rejection and the importance of Black cinema.
See what the Queens, NY-native had to say, below:
On the advantages/disadvantages in landing roles…
Tons of rejection … [so] much I can’t even count. I mean most of the time [I get] more ‘nos’ than ‘yeses.’ I never really had anyone say anything really horrible to me. I had to prove myself. I remember when I auditioned for Hustle & Flow, which is the one [movie] Terrence got his nomination for. You know they thought I was ‘too pretty’ and I wouldn’t be able to play a down-on-her-luck stripper. But I begged them to see me… You have to prove yourself because people always want to put you in a box. I am just the one not to do that to.Melissa De Sousa Photo
Highs and lows of acting career…
It’s not always easy to get in the ‘door.’ You know when I first came to Los Angeles, I slept on my girlfriend’s floor for a year. I got my first agent and I sent my pictures out to everybody and since I had no experience and I had nothing on tape or even seen, some of the [agencies] sent my pictures back to me [laughs]. So one agency would see you in person and they want you to come in and audition in their room and once again I had to prove myself in person. You have to have an attitude that nothing’s gonna stop me. I think that’s just my New York kind of attitude — survival of the fittest. That’s why I love that song [Empire State of Mind] so much because that’s how it is when people go off to New York.
Black cinema, then and now…
I think it’s positive. We had to start somewhere. Those stories in the past needed to be told. Everything gets better with time. I feel like now it’s getting back to those great [director] Spike Lee days, more diverse, more intelligent [films]. You shouldn’t underestimate your audience. I feel like it’s changing for the better. There are roles for all types of movies, I mean you still want to watch the urban movies and they need to be told. You still want to see something you haven’t seen before. Like everyday movies like ‘The Best Man’. The movie didn’t have to be played by African American people; it is a movie that everyone can relate to.