Traya lived her first seven years in Honolulu, Hawaii, with her mother, a model and aspiring actress. She and her mother then moved to Los Angeles so her mother could pursue an acting career. An avid writer, Traya completed her first book, Pinkerton the Dog and the Cat Lucky, at the age of 6. The story chronicles the snacks and meals Pinkerton, Lucky and their owners, Jennifer and Tiffany, ate over the course of several days. Traya likens it to a 16-page menu. In fifth grade, Traya wrote a poem titled L.A. Women, which tells the story of a rich Bel Air housewife who goes insane when her husband leaves her for a younger woman.
At the age of 11, Traya followed in her friends' footsteps and enrolled in ice skating lessons. Little did she know that her life would be consumed with training and competitions with little time for anything else. The enthusiastic reaction of her 8th grade World Cultures teacher to her portrayal of a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization sparked her love of performing. At the age of 14, Traya gave up ice skating to devote more time to school activities, such as becoming student body president of her prestigious all girls school, Marlborough, and writing opinion pieces and top ten lists for the school newspaper. Traya also participated in the drama program, playing Bella in Lost in Yonkers and Ophelia in Hamlet. She also wrote Curly Smoke, a play based on the life of Dorothy Parker. This work was eventually produced and performed in Marlborough's Black Box Theatre.
Due to their great writing program, Traya attended Sarah Lawrence College where she studied creative and non-fiction writing, and graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree in 2003. Within a year of graduating, Traya was working behind-the-scenes on the independent film, Havoc, in which she received an on-camera role. She then immediately landed recurring roles on Joan of Arcadia and Huff. She is currently filming Dying for Dolly, a Lion's Gate film directed by Ron Underwood, starring Chazz Palminteri and Usher.
Traya lives in Los Angeles, California, with her Pomeranian, Snacks. She enjoys writing, baking and making her own jam.
Misti Traya Facts
|Birth Name||Misti Warren|
|Birthday||September 23, 1981 (41)|
|Birthplace||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|Height||5' 3" (1m60) How tall is Misti Traya compared to you?|