A newcomer with a purpose, Kiki Layne stormed the big screen and stole the thunder with her portrayal of Tish Rivers in the 2018 Barry Jenkins-directed-written American romantic drama If Beale Street Could Talk. Though not her first, but that singular appearance opened the gates of award nominations for her as she was recognized by award bodies such as — Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award which nominated her for Best Breakthrough Performance, she was also listed for a Gotham Independent Film Awards for Breakthrough Actor, as well as a Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble.
Since she is relatively new to the celebrity hive, there is a dearth of information on the life and career of Kiki Layne but we have dug up quite an interesting chronicle of her early life and the If Beale Street Could Talk star’s journey to stardom.
Who Is KiKi Layne?
Apart from her birth year which is recorded as 1992, Kiki has not made her actual birthdate public. Her birth took place in Los Angeles, in the United States of America, where her African-American parents welcomed her. She grew up with her folks in Cincinnati but it is not known if there are siblings in her life or just her. At the age of seven, Kiki declared her interest in the performing arts. She picked singing and dancing from the start which prompted her mother to enroll her in The Theatre School at DePaul University from where she gathered the relevant knowledge about acting. She completed her studies at the Performing Arts High School in 2014 and bagged a DIPLOMA in General studies from the School for Creative and Performing Arts located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Fresh out of DePaul University Theatre School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts – BFA, Kiki launched her acting career on stage and proved to be a good performer. She played the role of godmother in a theatre production of Cinderella.
Her screen career took off in 2015 when she played the role of Olivia in the short film Veracity. The next year, she appeared in one episode (Soul Care) of Chicago Med as Emmie Miles. After what seemed like a drought of roles in 2017, Kiki broke barriers with her groundbreaking role as Tish Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk. The film didn’t just attract more fans to her side, it equally ushered in prestigious award nominations from the right places. Hot on the heels of her 2018 success, Kiki took up roles lined up for 2019. Some of her recent projects include Native Son (as Bessie), Captive State (as Carrie) and the Luca Guadagnino-directed short film – Untitled Luca Guadagnino Project. She also has an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture to her credit.
Acting is not the only thing Kiki is good at as long as the entertainment industry is concerned, she also sings and has carried out a few projects as a model.
As a newcomer, her net worth is still under review but be assured that the actress is getting a good reward for her efforts.
Perhaps as her career gathers up more steam, Kiki Layne will deem it fit to share important details about her personal life. For now, she has kept that part of her locked safely away where the public eye will not be able to scrutinize. To worsen the matter is the fact that the American actress is not big on social media and does not indulge in sharing her daily life on different social media accounts, just like most celebrities do. Thus, she is currently assumed to be single until we have concrete evidence that she is seeing someone.
Kiki Layne is currently making the most of her youth to build a career that will stand the test of time.
Kiki Layne stands at an impressive height of 5 feet 9 inches and has a weight of about 140 lbs. She has brown eyes and usually reps the African-American community with her black afro hair. Being a model, the star maintains a slim body build, perfecting the natural African beauty that she represents.