How Bianca Lawson Went from Buffy to Beyoncé’s Stepsister

How Bianca Lawson Went from Buffy to Beyoncé’s Stepsister

Who is Bianca Lawson?

American actress Bianca Jasmine Lawson was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 20 March 1979, making Pisces her zodiac sign. She’s had roles in over 50 TV series and movies, but is probably still known best for portraying Nikki in the 2001 romantic musical movie “Save the Last Dance”, directed by Thomas Carter, and which starred Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas and Kerry Washington. It follows a white girl who’s moved to Chicago, Illinois, and has begun dating a black teenager involved in criminal activities; the movie won seven of its 15 award nominations.

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Early life and family

Bianca was raised in Los Angeles by her father, famous American actor Richard Lawson, and mother Denise Georgette Gordy who’s a retired actress and singer. Her parents divorced when she was 10, and Richard married American businesswoman and fashion designer Celestine Beyoncé Knowles-Lawson in 2015, with Bianca thus becoming the stepsister of Celestine’s daughters Solange Piaget Knowles and Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.

Bianca was still attending a local elementary school when she became interested in acting, and enrolled at Marymount High School in 1993; she made her debut TV series appearance in the same year, playing Megan Jones in 39 episodes (1993-1994) of the popular family comedy “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”, created by Sam Bobrick and Bennett Tramer, and which starred Denis Haskins, Dustin Diamond and Samantha Esteban; it follows a group of teenagers attending Bayside High School, and the series won three of its 14 award nominations.

Bianca’s since been active in the film industry, but has also pursued education; she matriculated in 1997, and then enrolled at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001. She then honed her acting skills at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

Roles in TV series

The year 1995 saw Bianca appear in an episode or two of the comedies “Me and the Boys”, “In the House”, and “Sister, Sister”, before in 1996 and 1997 starringd as Bianca Goode in the comedy “Goode Behaviour”, created by Brian Pollack and Mert Rich, and which also starred Sherman Hemsley and Dorien Wilson; it follows a man who must stay under house arrest and be looked after by his son.

Bianca started off the 2000s by appearing in an episode of the dramas “Strong Medicine” and “For the People”, while her most notable performance in the decade was perhaps playing Shawna in nine episodes of the family comedy “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” in 2009, which Brenda Hampton created, and which starred India Eisley, Molly Ringwald and Shailene Woodley. It tells the story of Amy who’s become pregnant at the age of 15, the series aired from 2008 through 2013, and won six of the 40 awards for which it was nominated.

Bianca could then have been seen playing supporting characters in the comedy “2 Broke Girls”, the horror fantasy “The Vampire Diaries”, and the action fantasy “Teen Wolf”.

Most recently, from 2016 through 2022, she starred as Darla in the popular drama “Queen Sugar”, created by Ava DuVernay, and which also starred Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe and Omar J. Dorsey. It follows the lives of three siblings, and the series won 21 of its 87 award nominations.

Roles in movies

Bianca’s debut film role was playing Girlfriend in the 1998 science fiction “Twice the Fear”, while some of her following roles were in the 1998 comedy “Primary Colors”, and in the 2000 the science fiction horror comedy “Boltneck” and the western “The Pavilion”.

The year 2004 saw her play Helen Sharp in the romantic comedy “Breakin’ All the Rules”, written and directed by Daniel Taplitz, and which starred Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut. It follows a man who’s been dumped by his fiancée, and has now published a best-selling break-up handbook; the film won one of its six award nominations. Some of Bianca’s roles in the remainder of the decade were in the 2006 comedy “Pledge This!”, the 2007 action adventure comedy “Supergator” and the 2009 comedy “Divas”.

In 2012, she starred as Lila in the popular romantic comedy “All About Christmas Eve”, which Peter Sullivan wrote and directed, and which also starred Haylie Duff and Chris Carmack. It follows party planner Evelyn Wright, who has to choose whether to work with her agency’s top client on Christmas, or to go on a romantic holiday with her boyfriend.

Bianca’s since appeared in only a single movie: the 2014 mystery thriller “House of Secrets”.

Other credits

Bianca co-produced the 2014 mystery thriller movie “House of Secrets”.

She received special thanks for the 2014 drama movie “Pretty Little Liars: We Love You to Death”.

Some of Bianca’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Celebrity Page”, “The Real” and “CBS Mornings”.

Awards and nominations

Bianca won a 2001 Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Fight Scene, for her and Julia Stiles’ performance in “Save the Last Dance”.

She was also nominated for a 2018 Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series, and for two Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2022 and 2023, all for her performance in “Queen Sugar”.

Love life and relationships

Bianca prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, and there’s only one man whom she’s been with, that her fans know about.

In 2005, she began dating Spanish actor and reality TV star Andres Barreiro Gonzalez, who’s perhaps known better by his professional name Ness/ He’s probably still known best for playing Gigolo in the 2004 action thriller comedy movie “Plauto, Recuerdo Distorsionado de un Tonto Eventual”. Ness and Bianca were together for four years, and it’s widely believed that they were also engaged, but this hasn’t been confirmed by Bianca.

She seems to be unattached as of April 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

In the 1993 movie “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”, Bianca played the daughter of her real life father Richard Lawson.

Bianca’s related to American music legends Marvin Gaye and George Gordy through her mother.

She was invited to play Cordelia in the critically acclaimed action fantasy series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, which aired from 1997 through 2003, but had to turn it down because she was already contracted to shoot for the comedy series “Goode Behavior”.

Bianca enjoys running her Instagram account; she’s posted close to 400 pictures onto the network, while nearly 400,000 people are following her today; most of her pictures show her during her everyday life.

Bianca’s favorite actor is Brad Pitt, and some of her favorite movies include “12 Monkeys”, “Snatch” and “Inglorious Basterds”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Bianca’s age is 44. Her eyes are brown and she has black hair, she’s 5ft 4ins (1.64m) tall and weighs around 130lbs (58kgs).

Bianca’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of April 2023.

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