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Emayatzy Corinealdi was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Her father, Edward Corinealdi, is Panamanian, and her mother, Rosemarie Corinealdi-Hilton, is from Ohio. She was raised in New Jersey, but traveled extensively as a child as part of her military family.
Her first principal role came in 2008 for a TV movie The Nanny Express. She has appeared in television series’ such as Cold Case,Young and the Restless, Katrina and Romantically Challenged, as well as several acclaimed short films including the DGA Student Filmmaker Award winning Akira’s Hip Hop Shop (2007).
Emayatzy won the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Star Project, an international acting competition for emerging multicultural artists.
In 2012, she made her feature film debut as the lead in Middle of Nowhere, a drama by writer/director Ava DuVernay, also starring David Oyelowo. Later that year, she was nominated for, and won, a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for the film. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
I KNEW she was Panamanian, just a hunch! PLUS GO SEE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Now.