Stunning pop-culture icon, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP winner NIA LONG (Jordan) recently had a guest-starring role in Showtime's House of Lies, alongside Golden Globe Award winner Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, as Tamara, a business school classmate and former flame of Marty's (Cheadle) who has been hired by Galweather Stearn after taking time off to raise a family.
In 2014, Long will star in Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club, with Perry, Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) and Amy Smart (Crank).
Long made her film debut in Boyz n the Hood, the poignant film portraying the social problems of inner-city Los Angeles. She continued on to star in Friday, alongside Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, and Love Jones, which won the prestigious Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Long's other notable film roles include Soul Food; Alfie, opposite Jude Law; The Best Man; Are We There Yet?; Big Momma's House and Big Momma's House 2, opposite Martin Lawrence; Stigmata; The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy; and Made in America.
On the small screen, Long's portrayal of Officer Sasha Monroe on NBC's hit crime-drama Third Watch garnered her two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Long's other television accomplishments include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boston Legal, Judging Amy and Big Shots. In animation, Long voiced Roberta in the first season of FOX's hit series, The Cleveland Show.
Moving behind the camera to direct Ashanti's music video Baby and Yolanda Adams' This Too Shall Pass, Long continues her work as a filmmaker. She is currently developing a feature film that centers on renowned world-champion boxer and trainer Ann Wolfe.
In addition to Long's film and television work, her passion lies in serving her community. With her family roots firmly planted in Trinidad, her long-term goals are to connect women in the U.S. to those on the island and to mentor young girls to increase their self-esteem. Additionally, Long lends her support to Black Girls Rock! -- an organization that promotes the arts for young women of color and encourages dialogue on the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. In 2012, she was named an official surrogate to the Barack Obama re-election campaign.
A Brooklyn native, Long resides in Los Angeles with her 12-year-old son, Massai, 14-month-old son, Kez, and partner Ime Udoka, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. When she's not juggling between her career and motherhood, Long enjoys staying active by doing Pilates, boxing, hiking and horseback riding. She loves to cook organic farmers' market fresh meals, adding a twist of her Trinidadian heritage. Additionally, Long finds pleasure in experiencing different cultures throughout the world. One of her favorite locations to visit is Jamaica, a place she calls her second home, where she can reflect and refuel.