Ariana DeBose is an American actress, singer, theatre artist, and dancer who has been cast in shows and movies like West Side Story, Seaside, Blue Bloods, and Hamilton. She is also known for playing the role of Disco Donna in the Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at La Jolla Playhouse in 2017 and at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 2018.
Born January 25, 1991, 30 years and 6 months, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Sun Sign Aquarius
Height 5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 32-25-33 inches / 81-63.5-84 cm
Bra size 32B
Ariana DeBose received her dance training at the CC & Co. Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Graduated from the Western Carolina University
Mother – Gina DeBose (A 8th Grade Teacher)
Others – Larry Thomas DeBose (Maternal Grandfather), Mary Virginia Henry (Maternal Grandmother)
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Black, White, and Hispanic)
Ariana DeBose is of Puerto Rican, African-American, and Italian descent on her father’s side and has English, Scottish, and French roots on her mother’s side.
DeBose was born on January 25, 1991, in North Carolina. Her mother, Gina DeBose, is an 8th grade teacher. DeBose trained in dance at CC & Co. Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father is of Puerto Rican and African-American descent, while her mother is white.
DeBose made her breakthrough in 2009, when she competed on the TV series So You Think You Can Dance, making it into the Top 20. She later appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live and played Inez in the North Carolina Theatre’s production of Hairspray before booking the role of Nautica in the 2011 Alliance Theatre production of Bring It On. She also appeared in the ensemble of the New York Philharmonic production of Company, which was filmed for television. At the end of 2011, Bring It On embarked on a national tour across the United States. DeBose continued her role into the 2012 Broadway production and understudied the character Danielle.
Her career launched, DeBose played Mary Wilson in Motown on Broadway in 2013, understudying the role of Diana Ross. DeBose left the show soon later to play Eponine in a regional production of Les Misérables before returning to Broadway as a noble and a player in the musical Pippin, understudying the role of the Leading Player, which she ended up taking over for a short period in 2014.
2015–2018: Hamilton, A Bronx Tale and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
DeBose left Pippin to appear as the Bullet in the ensemble of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton in early 2015. The show moved to Broadway later that year and became an overnight sensation. DeBose was nominated for an Astaire Award for her dancing in the show, in which, as a member of the ensemble, she portrayed the bullet with which Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton. She left Hamilton in July 2016 and made a guest appearance on the TV series Blue Bloods as Sophia Ortiz. She also starred as Daphne in the thriller film Seaside.
She returned to Broadway in November 2016 as Jane in A Bronx Tale until August 2017. She also hosted the corresponding Broadway.com vlog Bronx Bullet for eight weeks.
DeBose went on to play Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse in late 2017. She reprised this role on Broadway, which opened in April 2018. She received a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She also frequently performs at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
2019–present: The Prom and West Side Story
DeBose played Alyssa Greene in the film adaptation of The Prom opposite of Jo Ellen Pellman and will play Anita in the 2021 film adaptation of West Side Story. In February 2021, it was announced that she would play Kira Foster in the upcoming film I.S.S.. In March 2021, DeBose released a dance-pop recording and video of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Shall We Dance” for the album R&H Goes Pop.
DeBose identifies as queer and came out to her grandparents in 2015.
In December 2020, Ariana DeBose and Jo Ellen Pellman launched the Unruly Hearts Initiative. The initiative was created to help young people connect with organisations and charities that advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Ariana DeBose Facts
In the year 2009, she appeared as a contestant on the reality television dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance, and made it to the ‘Top 20’.
She played the role of Sophia Ortiz in an episode titled The Road to Hell of the CBS police procedural drama series, Blue Bloods, in February 2016.
For her performance in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Ariana DeBose was nominated for a Drama League Award for “Distinguished Performance” as well as a Tony Award for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical” in 2018.
She was cast in the 2020 historical revisionist musical film, Hamilton, starring Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo.
She has also been a part of Broadway productions like Bring It On, Motown: The Musical, A Bronx Tale, Hamilton: An American Musical, and Pippin.
In December 2020, along with Jo Ellen Pellman, she co-launched Unruly Hearts Initiative through which she wanted to connect young people with such organizations and charities that support LGBTQ+ community.
Ariana was a part of the 2021 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the “Hollywood & Entertainment” category.