Joy Bryant

Joy Bryant plays Jasmine Trussell, a single mother and Crosby's ex-flame.

Joy Bryant as Jasmine Trussell in Parenthood

Joy Bryant portrays Jasmine Trussell, a single mother and Crosby’s ex-flame.

About Joy Bryant

While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale University, Bryant was discovered by a modeling scout from Next Models Management and, or several years, pursued a career as a model in Paris, subsequently signing an exclusive contract with Tommy Hilfiger.

Since then Bryant has made an impressive transition from the runway to the big-screen. In 2002, she achieved her breakthrough performance in Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher, which garnered praise from critics and the attention of the public. She was last seen in comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Mike Epps.

Other credits include Jim Sheridan's Get Rich or Die Tryin', loosely based on the life of rapper 50 Cent; thriller The Skeleton Key, opposte Kate Hudson, Peter Skaarsgard and John Hurt; independent film London, directed by Hunter Richards; adventure/drama Haven, opposite Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom; Scott Ziehl's Three Way Split; Bobby, written and directed by Emilio Estevez; and Bill Woodruff's music-driven coming-of-age drama Honey.

Born and raised in the South Bronx, Bryant attended Westminster High School in Connecticut on a full scholarship. She is an avid supporter of the Fieldston Enrichment Program under the umbrella of A Better Chance Public School Program, an organisation that reaches out to minority talent to enrich their academic opportunities.

Bryant continues to model between films as a cover subject for Victoria's Secret, and in a number of prestigious print campaigns.