Step Up 2: The Streets
“I would say (to an aspiring actress) just never give up because if you're in this business, you gotta expect to get rejected most days of the week. And if it's what you love to do, just keep going and somebody will think you're right for whatever it is you're going up for and just put all your heart into whatever you're doing and whatever it is that you love and the best will come out of it.” Briana Evigan
MTV Movie Award winning actress Briana Evigan, the daughter of television’s Greg Evigan, was launched to prominence as street dancer Andie in the dance oriented urban drama “Step Up 2: The Streets” (2008), from which she got her MTV Movie award and a Teen Choice nomination. Making her feature acting debut alongside her famous dad in the little seen “House of the Damned” (1996), Briana will also be seen in the movies “Subject: I Love You” (2009), “Sorority Row” (2009) and “Burning Bright” (2009).
Briana is also a dancer and singer. The former student of hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks worked with the dance company E-Funk before she starred in “Step Up 2: The Streets.” She also once appeared in the 2005 MTV dating show “Next.” As a singer, Briana co-founded a female group called “Moorish Idol,” where she played the keyboard and sang lead vocals.
Briana owns dogs named Rilley and Marley. She cites Caroline B. Cooney's “The Face on the Milk Carton” as her favorite book.
Childhood and Family:
Briana Evigan was born on October 23, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actor Greg Evigan (born on October 14, 1953) and former actress Pamela C. Serpe. Briana's older siblings, Vanessa Lee Evigan (born on March 18, 1981) and Jason Evigan (born on June 10, 1983), are also actors.
Briana attended Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood, California. After graduating, she majored in speech and communication at the Los Angeles Valley College. An accomplished dancer, Briana began her several years training with celebrated hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks when she was seven years old. She has also trained with other choreographers.
“Shane was my first dance teacher and he really gave me my style. He helped me break out of my box and become a bigger dancer with myself. He always had a great energy and I loved taking his classes because he was fun and would help me as an individual if I needed help rather than somebody who would just kind of push me along to the back and say figure it out.” Briana Evigan
Subject: I Love You
The product of a show business family, Briana Evigan had her first taste in front of the film cameras when she was 10 years old when she was cast as the child of her real father, Greg Evigan, in the forgettable horror movie “House of the Damned” (1996). Despite delivering a good acting job, she did not appear in another project until 2004’s “Something Sweet,” a short movie made by Sammy Smith. The film also featured her older brother Jason. Two years later, Briana appeared with Jason Mewes, Paris Hilton, David Keith and Brian Hallisay in the direct-to-video “Bottoms Up” (2006).
Briana enjoyed a big breakthrough when she won a lead role opposite Robert Hoffman and Channing Tatum in the dance installment “Step Up 2: The Streets” (2008). In the movie, she portrayed street dancer Andie. The role brought Briana a 2008 MTV Movie award for Best Kiss, which she shared with Hoffman, and a nomination for Choice Movie Breakout Female at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards.
“We had great chemistry. I had to do a chemistry test with him in my last audition and we instantly clicked. We had to come up with a little salsa piece together for the audition. We absolutely clicked. He's a very nice guy and very talented and very cool.” Briana Evigan (on costar Robert Hoffman)
In July 2008, five months after the release of “Step Up 2: The Streets,” Briana made a guest appearance in an episode of the anthology series “Fear Itself," where she portrayed Helen.
Recently, Briana completed filming “S. Darko,” where she played the main character's best friend Corey. The sequel to the 2001 drama “Donnie Darko,” premiered on video in April 2009. She will also star as Butterfly in “Subject: I Love You” (2009) for director/writer Francis dela Torres, and Cassidy in the horror film “Sorority Row” (2009), opposite Leah Pipes, Jamie Chung and Carrie Fisher.
Briana is now filming “Burning Bright” (2009). Costars of the movie include Garret Dillahunt, Charlie Tahan, Mary Rachel Dudley and Peggy Sheffield.
MTV Movie: Best Kiss, “Step Up 2: The Streets,” 2008