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Pretty Little Liars character: Maya St. Germain
Full name: Bianca Jasmine Lawson
Currently residing in: Los Angeles
Bianca Lawson must have found the fountain of youth because she's been playing teenage characters for almost 20 years!
Lawson was born in Los Angeles, California, into a family of artists (her mother was an actress and dancer; her father, Richard Lawson, was also an actor). Even though education was stressed heavily, Lawson naturally gravitated toward the arts. She began her foray into the entertainment industry at the age of nine when she booked a national Barbie commercial with Mattel. Lawson spent her teen years studying acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory and graduating from the prestigious Marymount College Preparatory School. She went on to study film and psychology at University of Southern California.
Lawson's big break came when she was cast in the hit television series Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Her career continued with a string of successful television appearances, including roles on hit shows Dawson's Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Steve Harvey Show, and Sister, Sister. She also was awarded the series regular role of Bianca Goode on the hit show Goode Behavior.
Lawson soon moved into the feature film world, with roles in the films Primary Colors and The Temptations (she played Diana Ross), but it was the box office smash Save the Last Dance that brought Lawson critical acclaim. Lawson went on to star in the romantic comedy Breakin' All the Rules with Jamie Foxx.
Most recently, Lawson could be seen in successful recurring arcs on the popular series The Vampire Diaries and ABC Family's other hit series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
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