Tristin Mays (born June 10, 1990) is an American actress and singer. Mays currently stars in the reboot of the MacGyver series on CBS. She plays the character Riley Davis, who works as a covert operative for Matilda "Matty" Webber (Meredith Eaton) of the Phoenix Foundation.
Tristin Mays, 2011
|Born||June 10, 1990|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Early life and educationEdit
Mays' parents, Viveca and Michael Mays, worked as an artist and in the military, respectively. She grew up in New York City until her family moved to Moreno Valley, California in 2003, where she graduated from Vista del Lago High School. Her older brother, Jeryn, is also an actor.
While best known for her role as Riley Davis on the 2016 TV series MacGyver, Mays has played in television series including as Shaina in the Nickelodeon series Gullah Gullah Island and as Robin Dixon, the daughter of Marcus Dixon, Carl Lumbly's character in Alias.
As a seven-year old in 1997, she joined the cast of Gullah Gullah Island replacing Shaina M. Freeman as Shaina. That same year she was cast as Nala in The Lion King on Broadway. She subsequently played Fan in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In 2009, she was a series regular in the web series Private based on the novels of the same name. In 2011, she starred in the internet sitcom FAIL with fellow Gullah Gullah Island co-star Vanessa Baden. She also appeared in the TV show Impractical Jokers Season 8 Episode 4
|2011||Hot Dog Water||Julia||Short film|
|2012||She is Not My Sister||Megan|
|2013||House Party: Tonight's the Night||Autumn Rose||Direct-to-video film|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Cute bridesmaid|
|1997||Gullah Gullah Island||Shaina||Series regular|
|2001–2004||Alias||Robin Dixon||3 episodes|
|2006||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Bernice||Episode: "Substitute Teachers and the New Kid"|
|2008||Everybody Hates Chris||Jenise Huckstable||Episode: "Everybody Hates Homecoming"|
|2009||Private||Taylor Bell||Web series; series regular|
|2010||True Jackson, VP||Hailey||Episode: "My Boss Ate My Homework"|
|2010–2011||Zeke and Luther||Monica Lopez||3 episodes|
|2010||Big Time Rush||Stephanie King||4 episodes|
|2010||Kelly Brook's Cameltoe Shows||Herself||Funny or Die skit|
|2011||Victorious||Sherry||Episode: "Prom Wrecker"|
|2011||FAIL||Alicia||Web series; series regular|
|2011||Kickin It||Vanessa / M.C.||Episode: "All the Wrong Moves"|
|2012||The Newsroom||Karaoke Girl||Episode: "The 112th Congress"|
|2015–2016||The Vampire Diaries||Sarah Nelson/Salvatore||Recurring role (season 6), Guest (season 8) 7 episodes|
|2015||Supergirl||Maxwell Lord's Assistant||Episode: "Childish Things"|
|2015||Night of the Wild||Rosalyn||Television film|
|2016–present||MacGyver||Riley Davis||Main role|
|2017||Switched at Birth||Ally||3 episodes|
|2019||Impractical Jokers||Herself||Episode: "Full Mental Jacket"|
- Laurie Lucas, "Former Moreno Valley resident stars in the rebooted ‘MacGyver’ TV show", The Press-Enterprise, January 5, 2017.
- Tristin Mays at the Internet Broadway Database
- Private webisodes
- Cast of Fail
- "It's Sharknado...with dogs! Kelly Rutherford protects her family from cantankerous canines in new film Night Of The Wild". Daily Mail. September 30, 2015.