Spotlight on Megalyn Echikunwoke

Biography of Megalyn Echikunwoke

Basic facts about Megalyn Echikunwoke’s life which every devoted fan ought to know.
  • Date of Birth – 28 May 1983, Spokane, Washington, USA
  • Nickname – Megalyn E.K.
  • Height – 5′ 6½” (1,69 m)
  • Megalyn Echikunwoke is an American actress and model.
  • She portrayed Dr. Tara Price during the seventh season of CSI: Miami.
  • Her father was Nigerian and her mother is of English and Scots-Irish descent.
  • Her last name, “Echikunwoke”, means “leader of men” and Megalyn is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes her African royalty.
  • She was raised on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona.
  • In early 2008, she starred opposite Alessandro Nivola in an independent movie, directed by Jerry Zaks, titled Who Do You Love (2008) where she played a heroin-addicted lounge singer. She did all of her own singing in the movie.

Career

More information about her acting career…
  • Echikunwoke was a series regular on the sci-fi series The 4400, as the adult version of the mysterious Isabelle Tyler. Echikunwoke left the show in 2007.
  • Echikunwoke has also been seen in the MTV soap opera, Spyder Games, as Cherish Pardee, a coffee house singer and in Like Family as Danika.
  • She also has a recurring role in the first season of 24 as Senator (and future President) David Palmer’s daughter, Nicole.
  • In season 7 of CSI: Miami, Echikunwoke joined the cast as the new Medical Examiner, Dr. Tara Price. She appeared on the show for one season.
  • Echikunwoke landed a recurring role in at least three episodes of TNT’s Raising the Bar in June 2009. She played the love interest of attorney Marcus McGrath, played by J. August Richards.
  • In 2011, Echikunwoke played Holly in the fourth season of 90210.
  • She recently played the sultry April on Showtime’s House of Lies and Riley Parker in the legal drama Made in Jersey on CBS.
  • In 2014, she co-starred in the drama series Mind Games on ABC.

Political activism

… and political activism too.
  • In 2007, Echikunwoke, along with actors Justin Long, Olivia Wilde, and Kal Penn campaigned for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama. This included a winter tour of college campuses and bars in Iowa, known as The All-Actor All-Iowa All-Star Voter Education Tour, to register new college-age voters prior to the 2008 election.

Filmography

All the movies and series Megalyn appeared in. I love CSI: Miami and Die Hard 5 the most.Which is your favorite?
  • An Actor Prepares
  • Step Sisters
  • Vixen
  • Damien
  • Arrow
  • The Meddler
  • The Following
  • Night Swim
  • Mind Games
  • Electric Slide
  • American Dad!
  • Die-hard 5
  • Made in Jersey
  • Beautiful People
  • House of Lies
  • 90210
  • Free Hugs
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Raising the Bar
  • CSI: Miami
  • Who Do You Love
  • IFix
  • The Game
  • 4400
  • Camjackers
  • Supernatural
  • That ’70s Show
  • Hitched
  • Veronica Mars
  • Like Family
  • Great Lengths
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • B.S.
  • What I Like About You
  • For the People
  • 24
  • ER
  • Sheena
  • Boston Public
  • Spyder Games
  • Malibu, CA
  • Funny Valentines
  • The Steve Harvey Show
  • Creature
  • Spyder Games
  • LA Woman Rising
  • Made in Hollywood
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Trivia

Some tidbits about Megalyn’s origin, hobbies, and interpersonal relationships.

Loves to sing and is passionate about pursuing a career in music, as well. Other hobbies include surfing, dancing and traveling. Her father was Nigerian (of Igbo origin) and her mother is a white American, with English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German ancestry. Has a brother named Miki and a sister named Misty. Friends with Olivia Wilde and Tao Ruspoli. The girlfriend of actor and comedian Chris Rock (February 2016).

Wrap up

Let me summarize the article with some of Megalyn’s personal quotes showing us that she is a clever young lady and a very talented actress.
  • I’ve seen shows on Showtime, and they’re very provocative if you will, but nothing to the point that’s over-the-top or gratuitous.
  • I definitely am drawn to strong females who are successful, smart women because I am a woman like that. I think it’s important to portray those kinds of women on film and television.
  • I’ve been to strip clubs where the dancers have these whole routines that they create just for the wow factor and to say, ‘Look how strong and physically fit I am.’ Most women couldn’t do it, and it’s not necessarily sexual. It’s just a performance.
  • I tend to play characters that aren’t supposed to black or written black.
  • We don’t want to watch boring characters.
  • Once I accidentally left my passport in Nice, France, when I was on my way to Prague. Upon arriving in Vienna, after taking an overnight, and being asked to present my travel documents and realizing I forgot them at the hotel, they kicked me off the train and sent me back!
  • Obviously, there’s the seedy side of the strip club world and pole dancing. But, pole dancing, as an art form, is really beautiful. It’s been hyper-sexualized because it’s associated with strippers, but if you think about it, just in terms of other kinds of dancing, they’re using an instrument to create these amazing dance forms.
  • I definitely am drawn to strong females who are successful, smart women because I am a woman like that. I think it’s important to portray those kinds of women on film and television. Especially as a black woman, I think it’s important.
  • Besides finding a great place to stay, it’s important for me to find at least one cultural destination to visit, other than that, I don’t like to plan too much. I like to suss out the situation when I get on the ground and then go!
  • One of my favorite places I’ve visited is Havana, Cuba. On my way home from Costa Rica, I did a week in Havana. The colors, the music, the beautiful men and the cars! I love vintage and antique cars and own a couple myself.
  • Every actress hopes to play a wide range of characters because not often you don’t.
  • I always like an environment where there are lots of women and everyone’s different.
  • You don’t know why someone is in a certain circumstance and why they chose to be there. Sometimes it’s just about having an experience and learning. I don’t think you can begrudge someone that.
  • As an actor, you are always looking for something fresh and interesting and not ordinary.
  • I wouldn’t mind spending six months a year having a private jet take me around the world to visit natural and historical landmarks like the Egyptian pyramids, Mount Kilimanjaro or the Taj Mahal.
  • One thing I am really dying to do, while I’m still young and in shape, is an action movie. I would love to do a Lara Croft type of thing that’s really physical and tough. I want to have a gun and do martial arts. I would love to get paid to get into the best shape of my life.

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