Where is Joy Bryant from? Joy Bryant hails from the Bronx, New York, where the future model and actress grew up on welfare, raised by her grandmother. Hers is something of a Cinderella story, and after showing promise as a dancer, she enrolled as a young woman in A Better Chance, an outreach organization committed to fostering inner-city talent. As a teenager, she earned a full scholarship to Westminster High School in Connecticut, and her academic achievements led to a free ride to Yale University.

The simple answer to “where is Joy Bryant from?” is “humble beginnings,” and like fellow Bronx native Jennifer Lopez, the smart and sexy “Parenthood” star hasn’t forgotten where she came from. Bryant often talks in interviews about her early days, and she admits she was something of a nerd. “I read encyclopedias all day and watched TV,” she told People. “My grandmother, who raised me, (emphasized) the importance of education. For me it was about being self-sufficient and using my brain.”

Folks have been asking, “Where is Joy Bryant from?” since at least 2001, when she made the transition from modeling to acting. Having appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret, Bryant made her acting debut in director Robert Townsend’s “Carmen: A Hip Hopers,” an MTV production co-starring Beyonce and Mekhi Phifer. While she turned a few heads with “Carmen,” her breakout came the following year, when she played Cheryl, the love interest of the title character in Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, “Antwone Fisher.” A string of high-profile films followed, including “Honey,” The Skeleton Key,” “London,” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” starring 50 Cent.

TV fans might have asked the question “where is Joy Bryant from?” back in 2003, when she played Valerie Gallant on a string of “ER” episodes, though she’s far better known for her role as Jasmine on “Parenthood.”

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