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JOY BRYANT (Debbie) Joy 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.

Currently, Bryant can be seen playing 'Jasmine Trussell' on NBC's hit show, "Parenthood," which is based on the 1989 film of the same title. In the series, Bryant plays a professional dancer who married and has two children with one of the main characters, Crosby Braverman (Dax Shepard).

Bryant continues to host the popular web series "Across the Board" for the Reserve Channel.

She was most recently seen in Hit & Run opposite Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold and Bradley Cooper. Distributed by Open Road Films, the comedy follows a young couple as they embark on a road trip that leads them to an opportunity of a lifetime which includes car chases, a federal marshal, and a band of misfits. The film was released on August 22, 2012.

In 2008, Bryant was seen on the big screen starring in the Universal comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Mike Epps. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the comedy followed a successful talk show host as he reunites with his family in the Deep South.

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. The film follows a young woman (Hudson) who discovers a shocking secret while taking care of a dying man in an eerie mansion.

In 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 was featured as the female lead in the 2002 critically acclaimed film Antwone Fisher, the directorial debut of Denzel Washington. Bryant starred opposite Derek Luke and Denzel Washington in the film.

Among her credits are Bobby written and directed by Emilio Estevez, London, opposite Jessica Biel, Jason Statham, and Chris Evans, Haven opposite Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom, Three Way Split and Mario Van Peebles' Badasssss!

While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale University, Bryant was discovered by a modeling scout from Next Models Management. 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 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 School Program," an organization that reaches out to minority talent to enrich their academic opportunities.

Bryant currently resides in Los Angeles.

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