As the world continues to evolve and Hollywood evolves along with it, there will be a change in the tapestry of human faces represented on the big and small screens. The incessant call for diversity and the growing economic strength of the liberal and progressive watching public has pushed even the most conservative and nationalist network and studio producers to diversify the cast of their various projects. The result of this evolution is the opportunity given to actresses like Vella Lovell to express their talents on the big and small screen and make a name for themselves.
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star is a rising name in Hollywood. Here is a quick look at the background and history of the actress.
Vella Lovell’s Biography, Ethnicity
Diversity quota might help you open the door, but it is up to you to prove with your talent and dedication that you deserve to stay in the room. So far, that has been the professional philosophy of Vella Lovell. The actress, who is of African and European descent has been one of the positively reviewed actors on the CW show.
She was born on the 13th of September, 1985 in New Mexico, United States. So far, Vella Lovell has kept details of her childhood and any existing sibling away from the press, presumably to avoid the media attention. Her ethnicity has been the subject of a mild controversy. She is often confused to be a South Asian, which was further buttressed by her character’s ethnicity in The Big Sick. She is, however, the daughter of African and European parents, which makes her an African-European, with specifics unknown as a result of the lack of information about her parents.
While her childhood is shrouded in mystery, her educational history is open to the press. A girl who has always been in love with the arts, Vella Lovell made the decision to pursue a career in art as a child and her history reflects her determination. She attended the Interlochen Arts Camp before she moved on to the Interlochen Arts Academy where she graduated from and headed to the prestigious New York University for a Bachelor’s degree. Not one to tire from sharpening her skills and increasing her knowledge of art, she enrolled at the famous Julliard School and graduated in 2015.
Having completed every form of formal education she could take as an artist, Vella was confronted with the decision to pick a professional direction. Although she has always wanted to be a concert pianist, Vella pursued a career in theater acting instead.
Right from her time in New York University, Vella began the rigorous and emotionally tasking journey of attending auditions. One of her auditions was for a play, The Bacchae. She got the role and was cast for the play in 2009. She appeared alongside theater actor, Jonathan Groff in the Delacorte Theater at Central Park.
With The Bacchae, Vella started a series of appearances in several plays that eventually drew the attached of film and television producers. First, she was contacted by producers of the popular web series, CollegeHumor Originals. Her resume, while yet to record a big break in a significant project, was getting filled with credits in small projects such as another web series, OM City, Bears Discover Fire, and Three Dates.
Vella Lovell’s biggest break came in television when she was cast as Heather in the dramedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. While it certainly is her biggest role till date, it wasn’t her first appearance in a television show. She had previously appeared in two television shows, Girls and Younger. Her character on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Heather is a sharp-witted college student who lacks the motivation to achieve anything of value. On the show, she frequently plays off Rachel Bloom (Rebecca Bunch) who is her neighbor and lead character on the show.
While Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is Vella Lovell’s television big break, The Big Sick can be considered her big screen debut and big break. She played a supporting role in the 2017 acclaimed romantic comedy. In 2018, she appeared in All These Small Moments, an independent film.
A hardworking creative, Vella Lovell has expanded her creative chops to the writing process too. She along with her best friend, Clea Alsip have written and created a web series, Friend Therapy.
Vella Lovell has done a good job keeping the identity of her parents hidden away from the press. We do, however, know she loves her family and she has often praised them for their support of her chosen career path.