Who is Kyla Drew Simmons?
American actress Kyla Drew Simmons was born under the zodiac sign Aries on 17 April 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia USA. She has 29 acting credits and is perhaps known best for playing Joy Birch in the 2013 crime mystery movie “Prisoners”, which starred Viola Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, and was directed by Denis Villeneuve. It follows Keller Dover as he’s searching for his missing daughter and her best friend; the film won 10 of the 48 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography.
Education and early life
Kyla spent the first seven years of her life in Atlanta, where she and her younger brother Kiyan Drew were raised by their parents, about whom Kyla avoids speaking in public as she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her father’s a lawyer and mother a businesswoman, but this remains unconfirmed.
Kyla and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California in 2011, and Kyla made her debut TV series appearance in the following year, playing Kid #2 in the episode “Halloween-ween” of the popular romantic family comedy “The Neighbors”, which starred Simon Templeman, Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz, and was created by Dan Fogelman. It follows a family from New Jersey who’ve moved into a new neighborhood filled with extraterrestrials, the series aired from 2012 through 2014 and won two of the eight awards for which it was nominated. Kyla also made her debut film appearance in 2012, playing Speech Student in the family comedy “Parental Guidance”.
She was homeschooled so that she could work on her way up in the film industry; Kyla was 16 when she took and passed her GED tests, and she continued her education at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2023.
Roles in TV series
The year 2013 saw Kyla appear in an episode of both the romantic comedy “90210” and the comedy “How I Met Your Mother”, while she could then have been seen playing supporting characters in an episode of the family comedy “Jessie”, the crime comedy “Castle” and the crime action “NCIS”.
In 2015, she played Katori in the episode “Man’s Best Friend” of the crime comedy “Battle Creek”, which starred Aubrey Dollar, Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel, and was created by David Shore and Vince Gilligan. It follows the lives of two detectives and the series was nominated for an Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series, for Candice Bergen. Also in 2015, Kyla portrayed Mia James in the episode “Where Do We Go From Here?” of the romantic drama “Grey’s Anatomy”.
From 2014 through 2018, she starred as Mae Valentine in 55 episodes of the popular family comedy “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”, which also starred Casey Simpson and Lizzy Greene, and was created by Matt Fleckenstein and Michael Feldman. The series follows the lives of four siblings, and it won two of its 22 award nominations.
Some of Kyla’s most recent roles in TV series have been in eight episodes of the 2021 family comedy “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!”, two episodes of the 2021 family comedy “Raven’s Home” and the 2022 episode “Bloody Mary” of the mystery “American Horror Stories”.
Roles in movies
In 2014, Kyla portrayed Violet in the comedy “Homeroom”, and the following year saw her play Young Terry in the drama “Soul Ties”, which starred Tee Ashira, Flex Alexander and Rocsi Diz, and was written and directed by Tee Ashira. It follows a woman who’s just broken up with her partner; the film was nominated for only a single award.
A couple of Kyla’s following roles were in the horror “The Veil”, the family drama “Jessica Darling’s It List” and the family adventure comedy Santa’s Boot Camp”, all released in 2016.
In 2018, she portrayed Maria in the popular action thriller “Peppermint”, which starred John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr. and Jennifer Garner, and was directed by Pierre Morel. It follows a woman who wants to avenge the death of her husband and daughter, and the film was nominated for four awards.
Concentrating on her degree studies, Kyla’s since had only a single film role, portraying Annie in the 2022 action science fiction “Cipher”.
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Some of Kyla’s most recent talk-show appearances have been in “The Netflix Afterparty”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Jennifer Hudson Show”.
Awards and nominations
Kyla was nominated for a 2014 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series for “How I Met Your Mother”, and a 2018 Young Entertainer Award for Best Supporting Young Actress for “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”.
Love life and relationships
Kyla prefers not to speak about her love life in public, and this is why most of her fans believe that she’s today focused on her career and isn’t pursuing love, however, there are also some who believe otherwise.
Some of her fans have claimed to have recently seen Kyla spending time with a non-celebrity American man at a club in Los Angeles, and it’s now believed that Kyla’s dating the man in question; no evidence has been provided to support the claims, nor has Kyla addressed the rumors.
There are also those who believe her to be lesbian, but this hasn’t been confirmed either.
Kyla seems to be unattached as of November 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Kyla seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving on Instagram; she’s today followed by over 800,000 people on the network, and has posted nearly 100 pictures and videos, with most showing her during her everyday life, whether she’s attending red carpet events, shooting for her movies and TV series, or showing off her clothes.
She’s physically highly active, mostly because her acting career demands her to stay in shape; Kyla works out at the gym several times every week and also likes to do yoga.
She’s become passionate about travelling and has been to several US states, as well as to a couple of European countries.
Rosario Dawson’s one of her favorite actresses, and some of her favorite movies are “Seven Pounds”, “Top Five” and “Clerks II”.
Height, age and net worth
Kyla’s age is 19. Her hair and eyes are brown, she’s 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall and weighs around 115lbs (52kgs).
Kyla’s net worth’s been estimated at already over $3 million as of November 2023.