Gina DeBose is famous as a celebrity mother. She is the proud mother of Academy Award-winning actress Ariana DeBose.
DeBose is an eighth-grade teacher at Wakefield Middle School in Raleigh.
A single mom
DeBose was married to a Puerto Rican husband, but they later parted ways. As a single parent, she raised her only daughter Ariana.
Ariana, during an interview, described her to be one of the strongest people she has ever seen, her hero and her best friend.
She said her mother is one of the finest educators she has ever seen and was a mother to her and her students.
It’s hard for anyone to be a single parent and an educator.
They lived in New Bern, North Carolina, when she first started as a teacher.
They didn’t have enough resources and opportunities, and teachers were not paid as well.
So, they moved so Ariana could get better opportunities as a young dancer in better schools.
She said every choice she made was for her betterment, for which she is grateful.
Ariana revealed saying “No” to the director while auditioning for the Oscar-winning role
Ariana won her first Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her role Anita in the movie West Side Story, the role that changed her life.
But she had said “no” to the director while auditioning for the role for the first time, which she revealed during a sit-down interview with TODAY’s Willie Geist.
According to her, she went for the audition at the very last minute, and the legendary director Steven Spielberg asked her to sing and dance, and she did, and he loved it.
After that, the director asked her to read the lines, to which she said No. He asked her if she was saying no for the second time, and she still said no.
At the time, she was playing Donna Summer which was a very challenging job for her, and due to her hectic schedule, she didn't get time to prepare.
And she doesn’t make a habit of going into a room with anyone in it and being unprepared, she said.
When Ariana said No, Spielberg asked if she would come back, and she said she would be honored.
Ariana did the audition and landed the part of Anita in his new version of the old classic West Side Story.
Ariana also revealed that when she landed the part, she was asked to stay tight-lipped about the role for like three months.
She couldn’t remember if she told her mom over the phone because, at that time, she was convinced that she was being bugged or that maybe it was a test.
The moment she got an opportunity to meet a legendary director
Ariana, during an interview for People's Oscar Portfolio, recalled her mother's visit on the set of West Side Story, where she met legendary director Steven Spielberg.
DeBose visited the set on the day Ariana was filming Dance at the Gym and got to talk to the director.
Ariana revealed that her mother became speechless at the time. And watching her become speechless was amazing, she said.
Ariana was trolled for her opening performance at British Academy Film Awards
Ariana was trolled after she took the stage shouting out the nominated actress in a rap at the 76th EE British Academy Film Awards.
She then received a huge backlash for her performance on Twitter, where fans labeled her performance to be painful and awkward.
After the harsh backlash and trolling on Twitter, the producer of the BAFTA, Nick Bullen, came out in support of her.
In an interview, Bullen said of the trolls to be incredibly unfair and that the song she was singing was familiar songs where the room was clapping, and everyone was sort of dancing.
He also said that the rap section in the middle was to celebrate the women in the room because it’s been a great year for women in the film.
Her net worth is currently being reviewed. As of now, we have the net worth of her daughter.
Ariana’s journey in the entertainment industry began in 2009, participating in the reality television series “So You Think You Can Dance.”
She spent ten years on Broadway before her breakthrough role in West Side Story. She has a net worth of $4 million.
- Her age is under review.
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