Photos with Vanessa Born
Vanessa Born grew up in Granite Bay, California. Born July 21st, 1992 (the year of the monkey) She was raised by Bill Von-Bjorn a German/Dutch computer programmer in the Silicon Valley and Marielle Von-Bjorn a Native American care-giver for the elderly. (Although her biological father, who's identity is unknown, is rumored to have been of Italian descent from San Francisco.) Born proudly proclaims she was, "raised by a television." Which is where she started her career, appearing on a myriad of shows such as: "All of Us," "Eve," "One on One," "CSI NY,"and "Hannah Montana. Read more... "Cannon's MTV Show, "Short Circutz." NBC and Aaron Sorkin took notice and cast her opposite Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford as Laci on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Born attributes Sorkin for, "growing her up and getting her out of her own way." Which was a great thing as Born then went to HBO next, working with George Clooney and Grant Heslov in an "Unscripted;" pilot about the NBA. This was a blast from the past as Born was an NBA cheerleader for a time with the Sacramento Kings. Cheer and Dance have aided Born a lot in her career, especially while staring alongside Christina Milian in "Bring It On Fight To The Finish," playing Gloria. It was on this film Born realized her passion for film, she quotes, "it just feels different having to live with a character for 3-6 months, rather than popping in on a TV show for a week." Born began working in Indy films as a result. Born's tireless efforts for bringing awareness to LGBT films grew, being nominated 3 years in a row at OUTFEST Film Festival here in Los Angeles. Yet it was METHODFEST that gave Born her first award for Best Actress. Missing the laughter of television and being reached out to by writer Alyson Fouse from the "Bring it On," series of films, Born got brought back to television by HARPO in the TV Show, "Herlarious," staring Wanda Sikes. So what's next for Born? In an amazing turn of events, that led up to the deal made by SHOWTIME (a sponsor of OUTFEST), Born will be opposite Jon Voight in the series second season premiere of "Ray Donovan," playing Jazmin, in June of 2014.