Early life, family, educational background
Armenian-American actress Angela Sarafyan was born on June 30, 1983 in Yerevan, Armenia. Her family moved to Los Angeles, United States when she was four, where she grew up with her brother, Karbis. Their mother, Zara, is a painter, and their father Grigor is an actor.
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As a young girl she played classical piano and took ballet lessons. She attended Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and then attended Pasadena City College in California.
She appeared in several Cingular Wireless commercials and was eventually nicknamed “the Cingular Umbrella Girl.”
She also starred in Herbal Essences and Coca-Cola commercials, and in 2010 she appeared in a Captain Morgan’s Lime Bite commercial and a national State Farm Insurance commercial.
In 2000, Angela debuted as Aisha Al-Jamal in “Judging Amy” in the episode titled “Culture Clash”, and then was Lori in the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode “Him”.
In 2008, she had a recurring role as Tasha Turischeva in the USA Network series “In Plain Sight”, followed two years later as the socially awkward and offbeat Samantha Evans in “The Good Guys”.
Since 2016 she has been playing Android Clementine Pennyfeather in ‘Westworld’.
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan created the HBO-produced dystopian western series, based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was directed and written by Michael Crichton; the sequel, ‘Futureworld’, premiered in 1976. The plot of the series begins in the technologically advanced and fictional Westworld theme park, Westworld. Android hosts target rich dudes who indulge in wild fantasies without retaliation from the hosts, who are programmed to harm people. Later in the series, the story is set in Rehoboam, mid-21st centuryst century real world, which is controlled and managed by powerful artificial intelligence.
The series premiered on HBO in 2014 with the episode “True Detective,” and has been at the top of the network’s ratings ever since.
In addition, the first season of the show is the most watched of all the original HBO series. In its first season, critics praised the series for its themes, visuals, story, actors’ performances, and Ramin Djawadi’s music score. The series as a whole continued to receive praise in the second and third seasons, but specific storylines and characters have received criticism. The third season premiered on March 15, 2020 and ended with the eighth episode on May 3, 2020.
In April 2020, HBO announced the series’ renewal for season four. “Westworld” has received 43 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning nine.
Angela has also made guest appearances on multiple series, including ‘The Mentalist’ as Adrianna Jonovic, Madison Grant in ‘The Division’, ‘South of Nowhere’ as Paige and Philippa ‘Phil’ Abruzzi in ‘Cold Case’.
In 2004 Angela played Lauren in her film debut in ‘The Last Run’. In 2007, she appeared in “On the Doll” as Tara and “Kabluey” as Ramona.
In 2008, Angela was cast as Maggie in “A Beautiful Life”, an American drama directed by Alejandro Chomski, adapted from “Jersey City”, a play written by Wendy Hammond.
Angela’s character, Maggie, tries to escape from her abusive father. Jesse Garcia plays David, an illegal immigrant living in Los Angeles who is looking for his mother and works as a dishwasher. Maggie and David cross paths and eventually fall in love.
That year she also played Mary in “The Informers,” an American Hollywood ensemble drama directed by Gregor Jordan and written by Nicholas Jarecki and Bret Easton Ellis, an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s short story collection of the same name published in 1994. shot in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Uruguay.
In 2012, Angela appeared in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.”
Her character, Tia, is an Egyptian vampire and the partner of Benjamin, who is played by Rami Malek. Initially, Angela auditioned to play Irina, but the role was given to Maggie Grace. Later that year she played Ani in ‘Lost and Found in Armenia’.
The following year she was Allison in “Paranoia”, opposite Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard. Robert Luketic directed the American thriller and Jason Hall and Barry L. Levy wrote the screenplay. The film was loosely adapted from Joseph Finder’s 2004 novel of the same name, but the film received negative reviews and was a blockbuster, earning $16 million at the box office on a $35 million budget; Rotten Tomatoes described the film as “clichéd and unoriginal” and gave it a rating of 7%.
Angela played Maral in 2016’s “The Promise”, about the Armenian Genocide. More recently, in 2019, she played the supporting role of Joanna in the Netflix biographical crime drama “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Joe Berlinger directed the film, based on Elizabeth Kendall’s memoir about her ex-boyfriend Ted Bundy, entitled ‘The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy’. Michael Werwie adapted the screenplay.
She appeared in Britney Spears’ music video ‘Stronger’ in 2001.
After filming “Breaking Dawn” from the Twilight franchise, she was rumored to be dating her co-star, Rami Malek.
Neither has ever confirmed their relationship, and the Golden Globe winner is now dating Lucy Boynton, his “Bohemian Rhapsody” counterpart.
Angela was rumored to be dating singer Nick Jonas in early 2018, but again, the relationship was never confirmed and Nick is now married to actress Priyanka Chopra.
Angela’s hair is dark brown and she has green eyes. She is 1.73 m tall, weighs about 57 kg and her vital stats are 35-24-35.
Wealth and salary
As of mid-2020, Angela’s net worth is estimated to be over $6 million, built up from her acting career that now spans two decades.