THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
New York-born and â€“bred
YAYA DaCOSTA began her professional
acting career starring in Liz Friedlander's Take the Lead,
opposite Antonio Banderas, for which she received a Teen
Choice Award nomination.
This was followed by a lead role in John Sayles'
Honeydripper, in which she played opposite Danny Glover and
Charles S. Dutton. She then reunited with Mr. Dutton in the
telefilm Racing for Time, which Mr. Dutton also directed.
Ms. DaCosta was most recently seen on-screen in Oren
Moverman's acclaimed The Messenger, with Academy Award
nominee Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster. She next appears in
the highly anticipated Tron Legacy, directed by Joseph
Her television work includes a notable story arc in the final
season of Ugly Betty, portraying the duplicitous daughter of
Vanessa Williams' character; and a recurring role on the
daytime drama All My Children. Television viewers might also
remember Ms. DaCosta as the first runner-up on America's Next
Top Model, from the reality show's third cycle.
She recently made her professional stage debut as part of The
Signature Theater Company's tribute to the historic Negro
Ensemble Company, in their revival production of Leslie Lee's
The First Breeze of Summer, co-starring with Leslie Uggams
and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (who also starred with
her in Honeydripper). For her performance, Ms. DaCosta was
honored with a Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award for
Excellence in Black Theatre.
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