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Destined to become one of the most talented young actresses of her generation,
JOY BRYANT (Bianca Kittles) has made an impressive transition from the runway to
the big screen. In 2002, she achieved her breakthrough performance in Denzel
Washington’s Antwone Fisher, which garnered praise from critics and the attention of the
Bryant was most recently seen in the highly anticipated film Bobby, written and
directed by Emilio Estevez. The film follows the day prior to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and includes an all-star ensemble cast featuring Anthony Hopkins, Sharon
Stone, Demi Moore and William H. Macy.
In 2005, Bryant was seen in Jim Sheridan’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, loosely based
on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who also appeared in the film. Joy portrayed the female
lead in the film, which was released by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films. She also
appeared in the Universal Pictures thriller The Skeleton Key, starring Kate Hudson, Peter
Sarsgaard and John Hurt. The film follows a young woman (Hudson) who discovers a
shocking secret while taking care of a dying man in an eerie mansion. That same year,
Bryant appeared in the independent film London, directed by Hunter Richards. The
ensemble cast included Jessica Biel, Jason Statham and Chris Evans.
In 2004, Bryant appeared in the El Camino Pictures’ adventure/drama Haven.
The film, which co-starred Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom, centers on the story of two
businessmen who flee to the Cayman Islands to avoid federal prosecution. Haven
screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2004. That same year, Bryant
appeared in 3-Way. Directed by Scott Ziehl, the film is a sexy noir-thriller based on Gil
Brewer’s 1963 pulp novel Wild to Possess, about murder, kidnapping, blackmail and
sexual deception. Bryant co-starred in the Hyperion Pictures independent feature
alongside Gina Gershon, Dwight Yoakam, Ali Larter and Desmond Harrington. In 2004,
Bryant also appeared with Nia Long and David Alan Grier in director Mario Van
Peebles’ Baadasssss!. The film, purchased by Sony Pictures Classics, received rave
reviews at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
In December 2003, Bryant co-starred with Jessica Alba and Mekhi Phifer in
Universal Pictures’ and director Bille Woodruff’s music-driven coming-of-age drama,
Honey. Bryant portrayed the best friend of an inner-city woman (Alba) who fulfills her
dream of becoming a successful video choreographer, until she is confronted with
Bryant was featured as the female lead in the 2002 critically acclaimed film
Antwone Fisher, the directorial debut of Denzel Washington. Bryant portrayed the love
interest of the film’s title character, played by Derek Luke, who helps Fisher confront his
painful troubled past. The Fox Searchlight picture, written by Antwone Fisher, is loosely
based on his life experiences.
Bryant made her onscreen debut in the MTV original production of Carmen: A
Hip Hopera, opposite Beyoncé Knowles and Mekhi Phifer, followed by a small role in
the Warner Bros. comedy Showtime, which starred Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro.
While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale University, a modeling scout from
Next Models Management discovered Bryant. For several years, Bryant pursued a career
as a fashion model in Paris and subsequently signed an exclusive contract with Tommy
Hilfiger. Bryant continues to model between films as a cover subject for Victoria’s
Secret, and in a number of prestigious print campaigns such as the Fall 2003 GAP ads.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, Bryant attended Westminster High School in
Connecticut on a full scholarship. She is an avid supporter of the Fieldston Enrichment
Program under the umbrella of A Better Chance Public Scho
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