Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Nicole Clemons (born December 17, 1993) is an American actress, singer, and producer. Her breakout role occurred in the 2015 comedy drama film Dope, where she portrayed Cassandra "Diggy" Andrews. She went on to co-star in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Flatliners (2017), Hearts Beat Loud (2018), Sweetheart (2019), Lady and the Tramp (2019), and Scoob! (2020).

Kiersey Clemons
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Clemons in 2016
Born
Kiersey Nicole Clemons

(1993-12-17) December 17, 1993 (age 26)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • producer
Years active2010–present

She had recurring roles in numerous television series, including Austin & Ally (2013), Transparent (2014–2015), Extant (2015), and Easy (2016–2019). Clemons also had a main role in the final season of the comedy series Angie Tribeca (2018).

Early lifeEdit

Clemons was born on December 17, 1993, in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in Redondo Beach, California.[1] She is biracial; her father is African-American and her mother is Euro-American.[2]

CareerEdit

Early in her career, Clemons co-starred in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally as Kira Starr. She also appeared in the Disney Channel original film Cloud 9. Clemons guest starred in the crime-drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2014, she appeared in Trey Songz's music video for "SmartPhones" and "What's Best for You" in which she played his love interest who catches him in the act of cheating via phone call.

Since 2014, Clemons has played Bianca in the comedy series Transparent.[3] She also had a starring role on the MTV original series Eye Candy as Sophia. The series only aired for one season.[4] She guest starred in a 2015 episode of New Girl as Winston's love interest, KC.[3] Clemons appeared in Lady Gaga's music video for "Til It Happens to You", and in DJ Snake's music video for "Middle" alongside Josh Hutcherson.

In 2016, Clemons played Beth in the comedy film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. She also played Chase, a grad student from Chicago, in episodes of the Netflix original series Easy.[5] Clemons was cast as Iris West in the action film The Flash,[6] but the project was delayed due to the departure of director Rick Famuyiwa. Despite this, she was still slated to appear in the Justice League film as the same character,[7] but her scenes were ultimately cut.

In 2017, Clemons co-starred with Callum Turner in the drama The Only Living Boy in New York, and with Ellen Page in the horror remake Flatliners.[8]

In 2018, Clemons co-starred with Nick Offerman in musical comedy-drama Hearts Beat Loud.[9] Clemons received the Atlanta Film Festival's inaugural Phoenix Award for Hearts Beat Loud in April 2018.

In 2019, Clemons co-starred with Thomas Mann in the live-action remake musical romance Lady and the Tramp. In 2020, Clemons voiced Dee Dee Skyes in the Scooby-Doo film Scoob!.

Personal lifeEdit

Clemons identifies as queer.[10]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Prom?! Abby Short film
2015 Dope Cassandra "Diggy" Andrews
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Beth
2016 Jellywolf Lyana Short film
2017 The Only Living Boy in New York Mimi Pastori
2017 Flatliners Sophia Manning
2018 Little Bitches Marisa
2018 Hearts Beat Loud Samantha Lee “Sam” Fisher
2018 An L.A. Minute Velocity Also producer
2019 Sweetheart Jenn
2019 Lady and the Tramp Darling
2020 Scoob! Dee Dee Skyes (voice)
2020 The Ball Method Alice Ball Short film
2020 Antebellum Julia

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Shake It Up Danielle 2 episodes
2011 Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures Summer Episode: "Epic Wingman"
2011 Good Luck Charlie Alicia Episode: "The Bob Duncan Experience"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gwen Onetta Episode: "Frame by Frame"
2013 Austin & Ally Kira Starr 8 episodes
2014 Cloud 9 Skye Sailor Disney Channel Original Movie
2014 What's Next for Sarah? Oli 2 episodes
2014–2015 Transparent Bianca 9 episodes
2015 Eye Candy Sophia Preston 8 episodes
2015 Extant Lucy 11 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Waitress Episode: "Brie Larson Wears a Billowy Long-Sleeve Shirt and White Saddle Shoes"
2015–2016 New Girl KC 2 episodes
2016–2019 Easy Chase 4 episodes
2017 Michael Jackson's Halloween Victoria (voice) Television special
2018 Angie Tribeca Maria Charo 10 episodes
2019 Rent: Live Joanne Jefferson Television special
2019 BoJack Horseman Jameson H. (voice) Episode: "A Horse Walks into a Rehab"
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League Iris West 4 episodes

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist(s) Role Notes
2014 "SmartPhones" Trey Songz Girlfriend
2015 "Til It Happens to You" Lady Gaga Avery
2016 "Middle" DJ Snake ft. Bipolar Sunshine Superhero

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result
2015 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress 17-21 Transparent Nominated
2016 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance, Female Dope Won
2017 Hamptons International Film Festival Variety 10 Actors to Watch Herself Won
2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Song - Independent Film Hearts Beat Loud Nominated
2019 Fantastic Fest Best Actress Sweetheart Won
2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Smith, Krista (August 2017). "Introducing Kiersey Clemons, Your Next DC Comics Crush". Vanity Fair.
  2. ^ Le Vine, Lauren (June 19, 2015). "Dope's Kiersey Clemons Got To Wear Pharrell's Hat". Refinery29.
  3. ^ a b Abrams, Natalie (February 11, 2015). "New Girl taps Transparent actress Kiersey Clemons as Winston's new love interest". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2014). "MTV Series 'Eye Candy' Casts 3 Regulars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Bendix, Trish. "Kiersey Clemons meets a girl she likes in "Easy"". After Ellen. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 25, 2016). "'The Flash': 'Dope' Actress Kiersey Clemons to Star as Iris West in Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 25, 2017). "Joby Harold to Do Page-One Rewrite of 'The Flash' Script (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin. "'Dope's' Kiersey Clemons to Star Opposite Ellen Page in 'Flatliners'". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave. "Nick Offerman to Star in Movie Musical 'Hearts Beat Loud' With Kiersey Clemons". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Bendix, Trish (February 7, 2018). "Kiersey Clemons Is The Queer Woman of Color Who Slayed Sundance and Is Coming For Hollywood". Into. Retrieved October 24, 2018.

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