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Date Of BirthSeptember 25, 1976
FactWon Miss Teen USA in 1993 wearing a $37 evening gown.

Charlotte Ayanna (born September 25, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her roles in the films The Skulls (2000), The Breed (2001), and Troy (2004).

Ayanna was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, a businesswoman, and Hugo Ayanna, a psychiatrist. She has two older sisters, Vanessa and Natasha. Her father is of Dominican descent and her mother is of Puerto Rican descent.

Ayanna was raised in New York City and attended the High School of Performing Arts. She later studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting.

Ayanna began her career as a fashion model, appearing in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. She has also appeared in campaigns for Calvin Klein, L’Oréal, and Gap.

In 2000, Ayanna made her film debut in The Skulls, starring Joshua Jackson. She went on to star in the horror films The Breed (2001) and Jeepers Creepers II (2003). In 2004, she appeared in the epic film Troy, starring Brad Pitt.

Ayanna has also appeared in the television series Monk (2006) and CSI: Miami (2007).

Ayanna has been married to actor Justin Theroux since 2015. They have one son together.

General Info

Full NameCharlotte Ayanna
Date Of BirthSeptember 25, 1976
ProfessionBeauty queen, Spokesperson
EducationUniversity of California, Irvine


ParentsEmma Lopez
SiblingsDuane Lopez, Diana Lopez


MoviesThe Rage: Carrie 2, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Love the Hard Way, Training Day, Kate & Leopold, Spun, Stealing Time, Once Upon a Wedding, Push, The Insatiable, The Thirst, Rain from Stars, No. 6, Errand_boy
TV ShowsMiss Teen USA

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1Ever since I was a little girl, I envisioned this exactly happening to me. Not necessarily doing a movie about strippers but being young and having somebody like a director like Michael see me and see something in me and take a chance. And have a process like we have had. - on her film Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)
2The pageant was such a fluke. I mean, I was living in an orphanage, and my foster mother bet me $150 to go out for this thing. Nobody, including myself, thought that a foster kid could be a beauty queen. - on being Miss Teen USA 1993
3I am very proud to have done that. Ricky Martin was so sweet, like so not what I ever expected. And, it definitely helped me get back on my feet financially." - on starring in Ricky Martin's video for "She's All I Ever Had.


1Has a brother named Duane and a sister named Diana. Diana is one year younger than she is.
2Charlotte lived in a group home as a teenager and was adopted at 17 by a Vermont couple. That year, she was reunited with her brother from whom she and her sister Diana were separated in different foster homes as small children.
3Her mother was mentally disturbed and lost custody of Charlotte, her brother, and her sister Diana.
4Spokeswoman for foster children.
5Won Miss Teen USA in 1993 wearing a $37 evening gown.
6Impoverished as a child.
7Miss Vermont Teen USA.
8Spent sixteen years of her childhood in foster homes.
9Charlotte was an out-of-work actress when Ricky Martin picked her head shot from the hundreds submitted last year for his romantic video.
10Changed her last name to Ayanna when she learned that Lopez was the last name of her maternal grandfather, who she discovered abandoned her mother. Ayanna means "blessed" and Charlotte feels she has been blessed. Attended the University of California at Irvine. Moved to Vermont with her mother and siblings in 1977.




Rain from Stars2013Nora
Christmas in Compton2012Ginger
No. 62006ShortMila
The Insatiable2006Tatiana
The Thirst2006Macey
Once Upon a Wedding2005Margarita
Entourage2004TV SeriesJoanne
Kate & Leopold2001Patrice
Training Day2001Lisa
Love the Hard Way2001Claire Harrison
Rennie's Landing2001Samantha 'Sam' Parkes
Dancing at the Blue Iguana2000Jessie
The Rage: Carrie 21999Tracy
Jawbreaker1999Liz Purr
Profiler1998TV SeriesKristen
Telling You1998Allison Fazio (as Charlotte Lopez)
The Secret World of Alex Mack1996-1997TV SeriesHannah Mercury
Trojan War1997Nina (as Charlotte Lopez)
The Steve Harvey Show1996TV SeriesJody
Beverly Hills, 902101996TV SeriesBeth Rawlings
Weird Science1995-1996TV SeriesWendy / Jessie / Annie


Dancing at the Blue Iguana2000performer: "SEX A.M.", "Amazing Grace"


Won Awards

2002Best ActressValenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure FilmsLove the Hard Way (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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