By Grace Nasri, Iran Times
Tiffany Ariany is a young, Iranian-American actress based in Virginia who is proud of getting top marks as a college student while simultaneously launching a career in film, television and theater.
Ariany, 20, was born in Danbury, Connecticut. She is currently a dean's list student at Northern Virginia Community College-planning on transferring to a university in the next few months-and has been in film, television, commercials, and theater doing acting, modeling, dance and voiceovers.
The young actress told the Iran Times she has been interested in acting since childhood; but she said she also wanted to pursue her education and get good grades.
In the past year, Ariany has been in more than a dozen independent films in which she played principal roles.
Ariany's current project is a web series and pilot called "Life After Lisa," which was recently filmed in Baltimore, Maryland. The crew and cast members include Corey Parker Robinson from "The Wire," and Shane Van Dyke, grandson of Dick Van Dyke.
On November 22, Ariany made her second appearance in a reenactment on America's Most Wanted on FOX television. She played Sarah Said, a young girl who was shot to death by her father Yaser Said.
Last winter, Ariany starred in the film "Good People," a suspense thriller that will soon be hitting the film festivals. In the film, Ariany stars alongside actor Johnny Alonso of the shows "One Tree Hill" and "Dawson's Creek."
Tiffany Ariany as Sylvia in Good People
Ariany also has a passion for fashion and has been involved in numerous runway shows including Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, and, most recently, a hair show for Vidal Sassoon.
Before Ariany began acting, she was a ballroom dancer and participated in several showcases. She has also performed numerous Iranian classical dances, including one for the Virginia-based Meli TV.
Tiffany speaks fluent Farsi, loves to eat Iranian cuisine and remains proud of her Iranian heritage.
She said one of her biggest aspirations is to play a role in an Iranian or American bilingual film, alongside her idol, actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, and be able to show her pride for her roots by speaking Farsi. Until then, Ariany said she will continue to work simultaneously as a full time actress and full time college student.
More about Ariany can be found at www.facebook.com/tiffany.ariany.
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