Emayatzy Corinealdi

  • Birth Name: Emayatzy Evett Corinealdi
  • Birth Place: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Grew up in a military family, which led her to live in Germany, Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas in her youth. 
  • Was a member of the track team and drama club during high school.
  • Planned on becoming a litigator before deciding she wanted to become a professional actor.
  • Studied at the Actor's Training Studio in New Jersey and the William Esper Studio in New York.
  • Drove across the U.S. to move to Los Angeles with only $2,000 to pursue her acting career.
  • Studied at Playhouse West in Hollywood upon moving to California.
  • In 2010, won the American Black Film Festival Star Project.
  • Won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor in 2012 and was nominated for the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Ruby in Ava DuVernay's film Middle of Nowhere.
  • Appeared in Miu Miu's short film The Door alongside Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard as part of the fashion short-film series Women's Tales.


  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee


  • Rosemarie Corinealdi-Hilton — Mother
  • Edward Corinealdi — Father