Evan Ross

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Evan Ross
Evan Ross 2008.jpg
Ross attending the second issue release of the Girls Gone Wild magazine party at Les Deux, Hollywood, in June 2008.
BornEvan Olav Næss
(1988-08-26) August 26, 1988 (age 25)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesEvan Olav Ross
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2005–present
 
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Evan Ross
Evan Ross 2008.jpg
Ross attending the second issue release of the Girls Gone Wild magazine party at Les Deux, Hollywood, in June 2008.
BornEvan Olav Næss
(1988-08-26) August 26, 1988 (age 25)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesEvan Olav Ross
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2005–present

Evan Olav Næss (born August 26, 1988), professionally known as Evan Ross, is an American actor and musician. He is the son of entertainer Diana Ross. He is the half-brother of actresses Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Tracee Ellis Ross, and of singer Leona Naess. He began acting in the mid 2000s, appearing in the films ATL and Pride. Evan released his first single in February 2011, called "Yes Me".

Early life[edit]

Ross was born Evan Olav Næss on August 26, 1988, in Greenwich, Connecticut, to entertainer Diana Ross and Norwegian businessman and mountaineer, Arne Næss, Jr., who was of German and Norwegian descent.[1][2] He has three maternal half-sisters (Tracee Ellis Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Chudney Ross), three paternal half-brothers and two paternal half-sisters (Christoffer, Nicklas, Louis, Leona Næss and Katinka) and only one brother from both (Ross Næss). In 2004, Ross's father was killed in a climbing accident while in South Africa.

Acting career[edit]

Ross began his career as an actor while a student at Greenwich High School. His first major role was in the film, ATL, released in March 2006, in which he co-starred with rappers T.I. and Big Boi. Ross received rave reviews for his role as a troubled teenager in Life Support, along with Queen Latifah and Tracee Ellis Ross, who portrayed Evan's elder sister in the movie and is his real life sister. Ross later co-starred in the biography, Pride, in which he portrayed a good natured teen with a speech impediment. He also appeared (uncredited on-screen) in episode 171 of Girlfriends. The episode, titled "What's Black-A-Lackin'?", also had Chrisette Michele as a guest star, and was directed by Tracee Ellis Ross.[3] Ross is involved in several other movies, including Linewatch with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in 2008, and he finished a role in the indie film Life Is Hot in Cracktown. He starred as the love interest of Hilary Duff's character in the 2009 comedy drama According to Greta. He also appeared in the Notorious B.I.G. 2005 video Nasty Girl and the Lionel Richie video Just Go.

In 2010, Ross joined the cast of the CW series 90210 in its third season, where he plays Liam Court's (Matt Lanter) half brother and love interest to Annie Wilson played by Shenae Grimes.[4] His next high profile 2011 film is the critically acclaimed film festival winner, "Mooz-lum" that also stars Danny Glover and Nia Long. According to IMDB, he has 21 film projects in various stages of production. He will be starring alongside Brittany Snow in the thriller 96 Minutes. Which was released April 28, 2012 in select cities. Evan won the "Breakout Acting" award at SXSW.

Ross has portrayed music producer Dallas Austin in the VH1 biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, about the 1990s girl group, TLC (named after their second album CrazySexyCool).

Ross was cast as Messalla in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2, scheduled for release in November 2014 and November 2015, respectively.

Music career[edit]

In 2007, Ross began recording his debut album, which will encompass R&B and pop.[5] After four years in the studio, Evan released his single "Yes Me" in February 25, 2011 which was produced by Tony DeNiro & written by them together.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2013, it was reported that Ross had begun dating singer Ashlee Simpson.[7] They became engaged in January 2014.[8]

Filmography[edit]

YearsFilmRoleNotes
1999Double PlatinumAudience memberTV Film; Uncredited
2006ATLAnton "Ant" Swann
2007PrideReggie
Life SupportAmare McCarterNominee - "Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special" - 2008 Image Awards
2008Gardens of the NightDonnie
LinewatchLittle boy
2009According to GretaJulie
Life Is Hot in CracktownRomeo
Black Water TransitGary VermillionUnreleased Film
2010Case 219Cameron Porter
Brooklyn to ManhattanSam
90210Charlie SelbyRecurring Role
2011Mooz-lumTariqNominee - "Best Actor" - 2012 Black Reel Awards
96 MinutesDreWinner - "Breakthrough Performance" Award - 2011 SXSW Film Festival
2012Jeff, Who Lives at HomeKevin
2013CrazySexyCool: The TLC StoryDallas Austin
N.Y.C. UndergroundSam
2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1MessallaPost-production
Broken DollBen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evan Ross - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies & TV". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ "ATL, Evan Ross". People. Time. 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  3. ^ "What's Black-A-Lackin'?". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Diana Ross' Son Joins the Cast of 90210". TVGuide.com.  t
  5. ^ Davis, Peter (2007-03-27). "Beautiful People 2007: Evan Ross". Paper. Paper Publishing Company. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Home: Evan Ross". EvanRossMusic.com. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  7. ^ Billups, Andrea (July 3, 2013). "Is Ashlee Simpson Dating Evan Ross?". People. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cosgrove Baylis, Sheila (January 13, 2014). "Ashlee Simpson Engaged to Evan Ross". People. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 

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