Who is Briana Evigan?
Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 23 October 1986 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, singer-songwriter, dancer and a choreographer, who’s probably still known best for her portrayal of one of the lead characters, Andie in the 2008 romantic musical drama movie “Step Up 2: The Streets” written by three people, directed by Jon M. Chu and which also starred Robert Hoffman and Cassie Ventura. It’s a love story of two dance students attending the Maryland School of the Arts, and the movie won two of the five awards for which it was nominated.
Briana reprised her role in the 2014 sequel “Step Up All In”.
Early life, parents and education
Briana was raised in Los Angeles alongside her older sister Vanessa and older brother Jason, by their father Greg Evigan who’s a famous American actor, and their mother Pamela C. Serpe who’s an actress.
Briana grew up being interested in dancing, and was nine years old when she began taking lessons. At around the same time, she became interested in acting, and started appearing in plays performed at her elementary school. In 1996, she made her debut film appearance with her portrayal of Aubrey South in the action horror thriller “House of the Damned”, which received mixed reviews.
She was urged by her parents to focus on her education, and thus didn’t appear in any movies or TV series until she matriculated from Campbell Hall in 2003, when she was cast to play The Girl in the short music video “Linkin Park: Numb”.
In 2004, Briana enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, and during her four years there appeared in the 2004 short music video “Something Sweet”, the 2006 romantic comedy film “Bottoms Up”, and the 2008 short music video “Enrique Iglesias Feat. Lil Wayne: Push”.
Briana obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and communication in 2008, and then chose to focus on her acting career.
Roles in TV series
Briana has appeared in only three TV series. In 2008, she was cast to play Helen in the episode “New Year’s Day” of the horror “Fear Itself”, created by Mick Garris and which starred Margherita Donato, Valerie White and Clifton Collins Jr. Each episode is a 60-minute long horror movie.
In 2013, Briana made a guest appearance as Brandi Collette in the episode “Carcasses” of the critically acclaimed action crime drama “Longmire”, created by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, and which starred Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips. It follows the life of the sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire whose wife died a year ago, and the series won four of the nine awards for which it was nominated.
Briana’s only other TV series role has been her portrayal of Sonja in the 2015 action crime fantasy “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”, created by Robert Rodriguez, and which starred D. J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz and Jesse Garcia. It follows a Texas Ranger who’s trying to catch the Gecko brothers and rescue the people they’re holding hostage; the series was nominated for seven awards.
Roles in movies
The year 2010 saw Briana portray Annette in the horror thriller “Mother’s Day”, written by Scott Milam, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and which starred Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King and Shawn Ashmore. It follows members of a sadistic family, who return to their childhood house to terrorize its current residents and their guests.
A couple of her following notable performances were in the 2012 thriller “Rites of Passage”, the 2012 musical horror “The Devil’s Carnival” which was nominated for two awards, and later that year mystery horror thriller “Mine Games”. 2015 saw her portray Katie, one of the lead characters in the romantic comedy drama “Once Upon a Holiday”, written by David Golden, directed by James Head, and which also starred Paul Campbell and her brother Greg Evigan. It follows a princess who has come to New York City for Christmas, where she meets a young man who shows her the beautiful side of the city.
Three of Briana’s most recent movie roles have been in the thriller “My Husband’s Secret Wife”, the action thriller drama “River Runs Red” both in 2018, and the 2019 short romantic drama “Love in the Rain”. She’s currently shooting for three upcoming movies: the drama “Love and Communication”, another drama “Just Below Sunset”, and the short comedy “Four Hour Layover in Juarez”.
Briana has been credited with writing the song “Night & Day” for the 2009 mystery science fiction movie “S. Darko”, and the song “I’m Free” for the 2010 horror thriller movie “Burning Bright”. She sang the song “Beautiful Stranger” in the 2012 horror musical film “The Devil’s Carnival”, and the song “Shovel and Bone” in the 2016 sequel “Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival”.
She received special thanks for the 2014 short documentary film “Puncture Wounds: Behind the Scenes”.
Briana has been featured in various short documentary videos, including the 2009 “The Making of ‘S. Darko’”, and the 2012 “Stash House: Behind the Scenes”.
She has made a guest appearance in numerous talk-shows, such as “Made in Hollywood”, “Noches con Platanito” and “Home & Family”.
Awards and nominations
Briana has been nominated for seven awards winning five – she won a 2008 MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss for “Step Up 2: The Streets” (shared with Robert Hoffman), a 2009 ShoWest Convention Award for Female Star of Tomorrow, and a 2016 FilmOut San Diego Audience Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic movie “ToY”.
In 2018, she won an Open World Toronto Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Supporting Actress for the short film “Angel of Anywhere”, and most recently in 2020, Briana won a Five Continents International Film Festival Short Film Award for Best Lead Actress for her performance in “Love in the Rain”.
She was also nominated for a 2008 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Female for “Step Up 2: The Streets”, and a 2020 Feel The Reel International Film Festival February Award for Best Actress for “Love in the Rain”.
Love life and husband
Briana prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, but it’s still known that she was in a relationship with two men whom the public knows about.
In 2007, she began dating Robert Hoffman, a popular American actor, choreographer and dancer, alongside whom she starred in the movie “Step Up 2: The Streets” which is also how the two met. They were together for around a year before splitting for unknown reasons.
In 2010, she started dating Patrick John Flueger, a famous American actor probably known best for his portrayal of the lead character Shawn Farrell in the science fiction drama series “The 4400”. The two could’ve been seen attending most of their red carpet events together, and there were also rumors circulating the internet that they were engaged and so planning to marry, however, Briana and Patrick broke up in 2013.
As of May 2021, Briana appears to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Briana’s a musician who plays the keyboard, while she’s a founding member of the band Moorish Idol, and is their singer and keyboardist.
Briana’s physically highly active, as she has a couple of training sessions at the gym each week, while she does 500 sit-ups every day.
She also practices ballet and hip hop dance, and believes these sessions are the same as a full-body cardio workout.
Briana doesn’t date dancers, but enjoys teaching men how to dance.
She’s keen on travelling, and has been to several US states and a couple of European countries, including France and Greece.
In her spare time which is mostly late at night, she likes to watch movies starring her favorite actors Matt Damon and the late Robin Williams, such as “Good Will Hunting”, “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Patch Adams”.
Age, height and net worth
Briana’s age is 34. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (54kgs).
As of May 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $8 million.