Shadowhunters: You may know Alisha Wainwright as werewolf Maia but there is so much more to love about her
In a short span of her soaring acting career, Wainwright has bagged a voice acting stint for an acclaimed video game, and over two dozen TV shows and movies for her list of credits
Fans of the Freeform fantasy show 'Shadowhunters' are fiercely loyal, and totally protective of everything that makes up the franchise. So, it might be a little shocking for them to learn their favorite werewolf Maia Roberts on the show - aka Alisha Wainwright in real life - has garnered love, popularity, and a lot of fame from projects other than 'Shadowhunters.'
Not only did she acquire massive amounts of adoration from playing the mystical, mythological creature on screen, but within the short span of her career, Wainwright has also bagged a voice acting stint for an acclaimed video game, and over two dozen TV shows and movies on her list of credits.
Born July 14, 1989, the Florida native's journey, that has meandered its way through the entertainment industry, began all the way back in the year 2009, with the comedy short, 'Murder on her Mind.'
She then moved to the tv series 'Smosh,' a popular teenage show, in 2012, which spurred her towards her next giant leap to the extremely popular show 'Criminal Minds' in 2014. Granted, her stints in both the shows were restricted to one episode each, but with them she managed to make quite a name for herself in the showbiz.
Next on her list of achievements were several other appearances on a wide variety of films and tv shows, including 'Major Crimes,' 'General Hospital,' and 'Disney Star Darlings.' In 2014, Wainwright elevated to some pretty significant roles, such as playing Alissa on 'Married' that year, and later as Shelly on the show 'Vanity,' in the year 2015.
But all this while, Wainwright was also appearing as Chantel in the series, 'Perception,' which happened to be her longest appearance on a production till then. In 2016, it was announced she would be joining our favorite group of supernatural creatures in 'Shadowhunters,' as the iconic Maia. Things only soared for the young actress as in the next year, she was upgraded to a series regular.
As she is on the brink of playing the bad-a** werewolf with the mind of a go-getter on 'Shadowhunters,' for presumably the last time ever in the upcoming second half of the third and final season, it might be hard for her fans to think of her in a persona other than the one she has portrayed on screen for the last three years.
And so, it is a little bit shocking when you find out about the several other equally significant characters she has graced the screen with, especially in movies like 'Just Before I Go,' 'Love Is Relative,' 'Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters,' and, of course, 'The Wedding Do Over.'
If you think after all this while her steadily soaring career paused at 'Shadowhunters,' think again. Earlier this year, Wainwright also appeared in the TV series 'Lethal Weapon,' in the form of Jess Bailey.
Yet somehow, her stellar representation of the character based on Cassandra Clare's book series 'The Mortal Instruments' ended up being the one role she drew the most recognition for and for good reason too. Our beloved Maia - a person of color in a staunch lead - has had quite the tumultuous romantic history on the show so far.
It began with dating an extremely possessive boyfriend, Jordan Kyle (Australian-Thai actor Chai Hansen), and after his dark side began coming out more often than not, she dumped him. Now, what had been kept a secret by Jordan, were his werewolf powers.
So, out of the blue, he gets possessive, turns into his supernatural form, and attacks Maia one night as she was walking home from a date with her then-new boyfriend, Simon (Alberto Rosende) - which caused her to turn into a werewolf too.
Dramatic, right? However, turns out, in real life, Wainwright leads a romantic life quite the opposite of her onscreen persona. One look at her social media accounts will reveal that as of now she is single and enjoying the hot pursuits of a dramatic romance only on the screen.
It's no secret that she is super close to her 'Shadowhunters' family, with her regularly posting photos of them, and with them. In her life, all things healthy and more importantly dance, score a significant spot, as she gears up for her highly anticipated role in the upcoming Netflix series 'Raising Dion.'
It is a story about a black, single mother trying to her supernaturally gifted son, and the ever-so-lovely Wainwright is going to star opposite 'Black Panther' hunk Michael B. Jordan in the production.
With 'Shadowhunters' set to return for the latter half of its final season in January 2019, and also her role in 'Raising Dion,' it could be assumed Wainwright has a hard time gearing up for the busy schedule ahead of her, but she is seemingly never too busy for her fans.
She engages them in conversation using the hashtag 'ShadowhuntersChat' from time to time on Twitter, and plays it very secretive and diplomatic when it comes to spilling about any potential romance on the horizon.
With a love for impeccably curated memes and constant thrill for her character, Maia, it's no secret why she happens to be so widely adored among the powerful 'Shadowhunters' fandom. So, as the show's future lies uncertain, we still keep our fingers crossed to see more and more of Maia Roberts in action!