Living With Fran
An avid writer and former competitive figure skater, Misti Traya began acting in 2004, playing recurring roles on both "Joan of Arcadia" and "Huff." She is best remembered while co-starring as Fran Drescher's 15-year-old daughter Allison on The WB sitcom "Living With Fran" (2005-2006).
Meanwhile, this 5' 3" actress has guest-starred in such TV shows as "Nip/Tuck," "How I Met Your Mother," and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She also has appeared in the films "In the Mix" (2005) with Usher and "Material Girls" (2006) opposite Hilary and Haylie Duff.
Next, she will play the lead character in an upcoming TV movie called "Libertyville."
Childhood and Family:
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on September 23, 1981, Misti Dawn Warren grew up in Los Angeles, where her actress mother, Kiersten Warren, took her at the age of 7. An avid writer, Traya completed her first book, "Pinkerton the Dog and the Cat Lucky," when she was 6, and wrote a poem titled "L.A. Women" in fifth grade. She would later wrote “Curly Smoke,” a play based on the life of Dorothy Parker that has been produced and performed in Marlborough's Black Box Theatre.
At the age of 11, Traya enrolled in ice skating lessons and became a competitive figure skater. However, she gave up ice skating at age 14.
Traya, who speaks French, was student body president of the prestigious all girls school, Marlborough, in Los Angeles, California. Graduating in 1999, she headed to New York to study creative and non-fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She received her BA degree in Liberal Arts in May of 2003.
Traya is the grand-daughter of once-upon-a-time Southern Baptist missionaries. Her stepfather is screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin.
Traya lives in Los Angeles, California, with her two dogs: a Maltese named Bailey Jane and an orange sable Pomeranian named Snacks. During her spare time, she enjoys writing, baking and making her own jam.
Finding her love in performing while portraying a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization in her 8th grade World Cultures class, Misti Traya went on to participate in some school productions, including as Bella in “Lost in Yonkers” and Ophelia in “Hamlet.”
Following her graduation, Traya worked behind-the-scenes on the independent film “Havoc,” in which she received an on-camera role. In 2004, she landed recurring roles on the TV shows "Joan of Arcadia," CBS fantasy/family drama series starring Amber Tamblyn in which Traya played Iris, and "Huff," a Showtime television program starring Hank Azaria in which she portrayed Gail, Anton Yelchin's high school classmate and love interest.
From 2005 to 2006, Traya co-starred as Allison Reeves, Fran Drescher's 15-year-old daughter, on The WB sitcom "Living With Fran."
Meanwhile, she appeared in the films "In the Mix" (2005), a comedy directed by Ron Underwood and starring Usher Raymond, and "Material Girls" (2006), a family/comedy helmed by Martha Coolidge and starring Hilary and Haylie Duff.
She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of FX Networks medical drama series "Nip/Tuck," CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," NBC police procedural drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and in multiple episodes of the comic web series "Getting Away with Murder."
Traya recently appeared in Robert Milazzo's little drama film, "War Eagle, Arkansas" (2007). She will soon complete filming a comedic TV movie called "Libertyville," in which she stars as a dating-phobic divorced woman.