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JOY BRYANT portrays Jasmine Trussell, a single mother and Crosby's (Dax Shepard) ex-flame, on NBC's new drama series "Parenthood."

Bryant 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 public.

Bryant was last seen starring in the Universal comedy WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS (2008), opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Mike Epps.

In 2005, Bryant was seen starring in Jim Sheridan's GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN', loosely based on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who also appeared in the film. She also appeared in the Universal thriller THE SKELETON KEY starring Kate Hudson, Peter Skaarsgard, and John Hurt.

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.

Among her credits are BOBBY (2006) written and directed by Emilio Estevez, LONDON (2005), opposite Jessica Biel, Jason Statham and Chris Evans, HAVEN (2004) opposite Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom, THREE WAY (2004), and Mario Van Peebles' BAADASSSSS! (2003). While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale University, a modeling scout from Next Models Management discovered Bryant. For several years Bryant had a successful career as a fashion model in Paris, London and NY and subsequently signed exclusive contracts with Tommy Hilfiger and later COVERGIRL.

Born and raised in the South Bronx, Bryant was a young student of "A Better Chance," an organization that reaches out to minority talent to enrich their academic opportunities. Through "A Better Chance," she attended Westminster School in Connecticut on a full scholarship. Aside from "A Better Chance," Bryant is an avid supporter of the organizations "Stoked Mentoring" and "New Yorkers For Children." She is also a "Sister on the Planet" Ambassador for OXFAM.

Bryant lives in Los Angeles with her husband, stuntman Dave Pope and their dog Bubba.


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