Impeccable stage, television and film actress as well as talented musician
and recording artist AJIONA ALEXUS (Jasmine Russell) is best
known as one of the breakout stars of Netflix's critically acclaimed drama
series 13 Reasons Why. In the Selena Gomez-produced hit series, Alexus plays
Sheri Holland, the sweet and remorseful cheerleader whose dark secret is
revealed as the subject of Tape 5, Side B, on Hannah's (Katherine Langford)
tapes (season two premieres in May 2018).
On the film front, Alexus can currently be seen in theaters nationwide
co-starring in the Lionsgate psychological thriller Acrimony as a young version
of Taraji P. Henson's character, Melinda. The film follows a faithful wife
(Melinda) tired of standing by her devious husband, who becomes enraged when she
realizes she has been betrayed. Acrimony also marks the second time that Alexus
has played a young version of Henson, having previously played young Cookie in
FOX's Golden Globe Award-winning series Empire. Up next, Alexus is set to
co-star in Blumhouse's horror film Family Blood, which will be released on
Netflix on Friday, May 4.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Alexus grew up playing basketball and
soccer and at age six she began acting and performing on stage. While attending
the prestigious Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA), she received high praise for
portraying a woman with autism who is dying of cancer in the one-woman show
Spoonface Steinberg by playwright Lee Hall. As a teenager, she often traveled to
Atlanta for auditions and at age 16 was booked as a series regular on The Rickey
Smiley Show that aired on TV One for three seasons. Alexus then moved to Los
Angeles, where she began booking roles on everything from Grey's Anatomy to Code
Black, before landing the recurring role of young Cookie on FOX's mega-hit drama
When she's not busy on set, Alexus spends her time in the recording studio
where she's working on her debut album, set to release this month. Born into a
family of musicians, Alexus developed her talent and love for music at a young
age. She has opened up for artists such as Diggy Simmons (son of Rev Run of
Run-DMC), OMG Girlz, TK N Cash and IYAZ.
She's also a passionate advocate for many anti-bullying causes and volunteers
her time with Girls Inc., the leading advocate in advancing rights and
empowering all girls to be strong, smart and bold. With her 1.2 million
Instagram followers, indelible spirit, and drive to change the world for the
better, Ajiona Alexus is definitely one to watch in 2018.
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