Alisha Ena Wainwright was born on 14h July 1989, in Florida USA. She is a 30 year-old actress, who gained prominence after appearing in a video entitled “Life Hacking” uploaded on the popular comedy sketch YouTube channel Smosh. She is best known for the role of werewolf Maia Roberts in the fantasy series “Shadowhunters”, with other notable roles including “Disney Star Darlings” and “General Hospital”. She currently plays the leading role in the Netflix sci-fi show “Raising Dion” alongside Ja’Siah Young. Her career has been active since 2008.
Alisha Wainwright Wiki Bio
Speaking about her early life, Wainwright described herself as always having an inquisitive mind. What fans might not know about her is that acting is actually her second career. From early on, her main interest was science, in which she excelled in school, with her primary fields of interest being botany and anthropology. After high school she enrolled at the University of Florida and majored in Botany. Following her graduation, she was awarded a grant by the Smithsonian Institute and went to Panama to study the local plant life in preparation for her PhD.
However, due to the researchers’ dependence on funds and grants and limited financial resources, Alisha was forced to broaden her research focus to fit the industry’s standards, which lead to her losing interest in her own work. Before finishing her doctorate studies, she decided to return to Florida, and later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, slowly turning towards acting and the entertainment industry.
Start of Acting Career
In 2008, Alisha officially began her transition from science to acting by appearing in her first role, a short comedy called “Murder on Her Mind”.
After picking up several other small roles, she appeared in a comedy sketch entitled “Life Hacking” by the famous YouTube duo Smosh, which helped her gain recognition. Following this, she made guest appearances in several high-profile shows, such as “Criminal Minds” and “Perception”. She also starred in movies “Just Before I Go” directed by Courtney Cox and “Love Is Relative”. In 2015, she was cast as Leona in the children’s animated series “Disney Star Darlings”.
“Shadowhunters” and Breakout
Wainwright’s big break came when she was cast as Maia Roberts in the Freeform supernatural drama “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”, an adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s hugely popular book series “The Mortal Instruments”. The addition of Alisha’s character was announced in September 2016, and she joined the series’ second season as a recurring character. The series centers on the power struggle between various factions of magical beings and the half-human-half-angel Shadowhunters who hunt them down; Alisha’s character is part of the werewolf tribe.
For the show’s third and final season, her character was upped to a cast regular. In the same year, Wainwright contributed to the “My Career” part of the immensely popular video basketball game “NBA 2K17” as Alanah Turner. In 2018, she acted in the movie “The Hatred” and television movie “The Wedding Do Over”, and also guest-starred in “Lethal Weapon”.
“Raising Dion” and Future Projects
In June 2018, Deadline reported that Wainwright would star in the upcoming science fiction series “Raising Dion”, based on the comic book by Dennis Liu and developed by Netflix.
In 2019 the first season was released to positive appraisal by both critics and the audience. Alisha stars as Nicole Warren, the mother of the titular character, a young boy who lost his father in a horrible storm, played in the first episode by Michael B. Jordan who is also the executive producer of the show. As a consequence of the storm, the boy, played by Ja’Siah Young, develops supernatural powers and struggles to control them. Wainwright faces difficulties in being the single mother of the supernaturally gifted youngster in the modern world.
For her performance in the show, Wainwright was named “Performer of the Week” by the online magazine TVLine. The show is yet to be renewed for its second season, meanwhile Wainwright is slated to appear in the movie “Death of a Telemarketer” alongside Haley Joel Osment and Jackie Earle Haley in 2020. In addition, she developed a pilot pitch and expressed her desire to move towards producing in the near future.
Wainwright took a career jump and transitioned successfully from being a potential full-time scientist to being a full-time actress.
Mainly thanks to her acting career, she has been able to acquire a net worth of close to $1 million, according to estimations by authoritative sources.
Alisha’s official Instagram account currently has more than 550,000 followers; she also has a Twitter profile which has more than 120,000 fans.
Appearance and Physical Characteristics
When it comes to her appearance, Alisha has a slim figure which she maintains by regularly hitting the gym; she also takes boxing and dancing lessons. She is 5ft 5ins (1.66m) tall, weighs around 121lbs (55kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-26-34. She has long, black curly hair and brown eyes.