30 Facts About Ariana DeBose


Ariana DeBose has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a nomination for a Tony Award.


Ariana DeBose made her Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical in 2011 and continued her work on Broadway with roles in Motown: The Musical and Pippin.


Ariana DeBose gained widespread recognition for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg's musical film West Side Story, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


Ariana DeBose was born on January 25,1991, in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Ariana DeBose's mother, Gina DeBose, is an eighth grade teacher.


Ariana DeBose has stated that her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is white.


Ariana DeBose made her television debut in 2009, when she competed on the TV series So You Think You Can Dance, making it into the Top 20.

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Ariana DeBose later appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live and played Inez in the North Carolina Theatre's production of Hairspray before appearing in the role of Nautica in the 2011 Alliance Theatre production of Bring It On.


Ariana DeBose appeared in the ensemble of the New York Philharmonic production of Company, which was filmed for television.


Ariana DeBose continued her role into the 2012 Broadway production and understudied the character Danielle.


In 2013, Ariana DeBose played Mary Wilson in Motown on Broadway, understudying the role of Diana Ross.


Ariana DeBose later joined the cast of Pippin on Broadway, playing a noble and a player and understudying the role of the Leading Player, which she ended up taking over for a short period in 2014.


In 2015, Ariana DeBose left Pippin to join the ensemble of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton.


Ariana DeBose left Hamilton in July 2016 and made a guest appearance on the TV series Blue Bloods as Sophia Ortiz.


Ariana DeBose starred as Daphne in the thriller film Seaside.


From November 2016 to August 2017, Ariana DeBose portrayed Jane on Broadway in A Bronx Tale.


In late 2017, Ariana DeBose received her breakthrough role, playing Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse.


Ariana DeBose reprised this role in the Broadway production, which opened in April 2018.


Ariana DeBose was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.


Ariana DeBose played Alyssa Greene in the film adaptation of The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy, where she was opposite of Jo Ellen Pellman as Emma Nolan.


Ariana DeBose made a recurring appearance in the fourth season of the HBO science fiction series Westworld.


Ariana DeBose went viral on Twitter after performing at the 76th British Academy Film Awards, where she celebrated the female nominees by name in an original freestyle rap performance.


Ariana DeBose identifies as queer and came out to her grandparents in 2015.


Ariana DeBose is in a relationship with costume designer and professor Sue Makkoo.


Previously, Ariana DeBose was in a romantic relationship with theater props master Jill Johnson.

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In 2022, at the 94th Academy Awards, Ariana DeBose won Best Supporting Actress for her role of Anita in Steven Spielberg's 2021 adaptation of West Side Story, the second film adaptation of the 1957 stage musical of the same name.


Ariana DeBose became the second Hispanic performer to win Best Supporting Actress and the first in 30 years, after Mercedes Ruehl, and to this date, she remains one of only five actors of Hispanic background to win an acting Oscar.


That year, Ariana DeBose won the BAFTA, Critics' Choice, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress for the role.


In 2018, Ariana DeBose was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.


In 2022, Ariana DeBose became the twenty-first American actor to be nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.