Afro Latina and Queer Ariana DeBose in space thriller I.S.S.

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The actress Ariana DeBosse was born in 1991 in Wimiltong, North Carolina. Her mother is white, and her father is Puerto Rican. She also has African American and Italian ancestry. In 2022, Ariana made history by becoming the first Afro-Latina, openly queer actor of color to win Oscar for best supporting actress category for her performance reviving the iconic role of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s version of “West Side Story.” 

Last year in 2023, she gave voice to the character Asha in the Disney movie Wish. The movie follows 17-year-old Asha who wishes on a star and gets a more direct answer than she bargained for when a trouble-making star comes down from the sky to join her. 

Now in 2024, she has made a special appearance giving life to Dr. Kira Foster in the space thriller I.S.S. directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite in which according to IMDb tensions flare in the near future aboard the International Space Station as a conflict breaks out on Earth. Reeling, the U.S. and Russian astronauts receive orders from the ground: take control of the station by any means necessary. Other cast members include Chris Messina, John Gallagher Jr., and Masha Mashkova. Watch the trailer here: 

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In an interview with Ariana DeBose “I was making ‘Schmigadoon!’ [Season 1 in 2020] when I auditioned for ‘I.S.S.,’” she said. “We made this movie during the pandemic, a really special and fraught time. We did it with every safety protocol available, and it also forced trust among my colleagues and me because we had to keep each other safe on and off set. It’s a miracle the movie got made.”

The movie has been released as of January 19th of this year and is perfect for those who enjoy science fiction and are admirers of movies that take place in space. 

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