Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt
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Kyla in August 2018
Born
Kyla Alissa Pratt

(1986-09-16) September 16, 1986 (age 34)
Education Alexander Hamilton High School
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) Danny Kirkpatrick (2005–present)
Children 2

Kyla Alissa Pratt (born September 16, 1986) is an American actress and musician. She is best known for starring as the voice of Penny Proud in the first animated series for Disney Channel called The Proud Family, and as Breanna Latrice Barnes in UPN's One on One. After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy's character in the films Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, Pratt became the main character in the remake series of the franchise such as Dr. Dolittle 3, Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief, and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts. Pratt has also been in the films Fat Albert, Hotel for Dogs, and The Proud Family Movie. She has also played in the series Let's Stay Together. She is currently a part of VH1's Black Ink Crew: Compton.

Personal life

Kyla A. Pratt[1] is the oldest of five children of Kecia Pratt, an actress, and Stacey Allen Morris, a mechanical engineer.[2][3]

Pratt gave birth to a daughter, Lyric Kirkpatrick, on November 17, 2010. She gave birth to another daughter, Liyah Kirkpatrick, on August 5, 2013. Lyric and Liyah's father is Danny Kirkpatrick, a songwriter, hip-hop artist and tattoo artist.[4][5] [6]

Career

Acting career

Pratt began acting at age eight, appearing in commercials for an interactive computer game and Nike. In 1997, she appeared in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger entitled "The Neighborhood", in which she portrayed Kyla Jarvis, a ten-year-old girl who miraculously recovers after accidentally being shot in a drive-by shooting in her gang-ridden neighborhood, and reveals that she saw heaven where she met a guardian angel who gives her an important mission from God. With Walker's help, Kyla Jarvis spreads the angel message of faith and love, uniting her local community into helping clean up their neighborhood and end the gang violence plaguing it. She appeared in an episode of Friends, followed by roles in Smart Guy, Sister, Sister, Family Matters, Lizzie McGuire, Moesha, and The Parkers.[7]

In 2001, she won the role of Breanna Barnes in the UPN series One on One (2001–2006). During the run of One on One, Pratt also voiced Penny Proud, the lead character in the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family. She also voiced the character for The Proud Family Movie in 2005. In addition to television roles, Pratt has appeared in several feature films, including Love & Basketball (2000) and Fat Albert (2004). She played Maya Dolittle in Dr. Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), both of which starred Eddie Murphy. She reprised her role as Maya Dolittle (now the lead character) in the direct-to-DVD releases of Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006), Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008), and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009).[8] In 2009, Kyla Pratt co-starred along Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs. Pratt joined the cast of BET's Let's Stay Together in its second season.[9] In February 2014, Pratt was voted #97 on VH1's 100 Greatest Child Stars.[10] In June 2014 she filmed a Freeform pilot called Recovery Road based on Blake Nelson's homonym novel, in which she plays a title role alongside Jessica Sula.[11] The show debuted on Freeform in January 2016, but was cancelled shortly afterwards, in May 2016.[12]

Singing career

As a member of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, Pratt performed a cover version of "Circle of Life" that appeared on the DisneyMania 2 album. She also sang "It's All About Me", for the series soundtrack for The Proud Family. She sang "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" with the Disney Channel Stars. Kyla, also, sang in the 2019 Lifetime Christmas movie, "There's No Time Like Christmas."

Filmography

Film

List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Babysitters Club Becca Ramsay
1997 Riot Jenny Baker
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Marcella Walker
1998 Dr. Dolittle Maya Dolittle
2000 Love & Basketball Young Monica
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Maya Dolittle
2002 More than Puppy Love Jae
2004 Fat Albert Doris
2005 The Seat Filler Diona
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Maya Dolittle Direct-to-DVD
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Direct-to-DVD
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Direct-to-DVD
2009 Hotel for Dogs Heather
2016 Secret She Kept Tía Jiles/Kingston TV Film
2018 The Christmas Pact Sadie TV Film
2019 Back to the Goode Life Francesca TV Film

Television

List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Where I Live Brittany Episode: "Married... with Children"
1993 Living Single Tracy Episode: "He Works Hard for the Money"
1993 Touched By An Angel Annie Episode: "The Journalist"
1995–99 The Parent 'Hood Monica 2 episodes
1996 In the House Erica 2 episodes
1996 ER Lily Episode: "Take These Broken Wings"
1996 Friends Charla Nichols Episode: "The One Where Rachel Quits"
1997 Family Matters Kelsey Webster Episode: "Le Jour d'Amour"
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Kyla Jarvis Episode: "The Neighborhood"
1997–1998 Smart Guy Lillie/Brandi 3 episodes
1998 The Pretender Tracy Johnson Episode: "Gigolo Jarod"
1998 Any Day Now Birdie Episode: "You Shoulda Seen My Daddy"
1999 So Weird Kamilah Simmonds Episode: "Lost"
1999 Becker Keisha Episode: "Limits & Boundaries"
1999 Sister Sister Herself Episode: "The Road Less Traveled"
1999 Jackie's Back Little Jackie Washington Television movie
1999–2000 Moesha Patricia/Sabrina Wilson 2 episodes
2000 The Parkers Shaquilla Episode: "Bad to the Bone"
2000 The Hughleys Kenyatha Episode: "The Thin Black Line"
2000 Strong Medicine Donna Jenkins Episode: "Brainchild"
2001 Lizzie McGuire Brooke Baker Episode: "Gordo and the Girl"
2001–2005 The Proud Family Penny Proud (voice) Lead role
2001–2006 One on One Breanna Latrice Barnes Lead role; 113 episodes
2003 Maniac Magee Amanda Beale Television movie
2004 Veronica Mars Georgia Episode: "The Wrath of Con"
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Penny Proud (voice) Episode: "Spats: Experiment #397"
2005 The Proud Family Movie Penny Proud (voice) Television movie
2007 Hell on Earth Keri Diamond/Dumpin Television Movie
2012–2014 Let's Stay Together Crystal Whitmore Seasons 2–4
2012 Big Time Movie Herself Television movie
2012 The Mentalist Juliana McVie Episode: "Black Cherry"
2015 The Soul Man Alicia Episode: No Weddings and Ten Funerals
2016 Recovery Road Trish Collins Lead role; 10 Episodes
2018 In the Cut LaShantay Episode: "The Ring Bearer"
2018 Rel Tasha Episode: "Blizzard"
2019–present Black Ink Crew: Compton Herself 9 episodes
2019 Patty's Auto Tiny Unsold Fox pilot
2020 Insecure Dina Episode: "Lowkey Done"
2020 Call Me Kat Randi Lead role
TBA The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Penny Proud Upcoming series[13]

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2003 "What a Girl Wants" B2K

References

  1. ^ "Kyla Pratt Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Lucas, Michael P. (1999-04-30). "Nickelodeon Lets Kids Name Stars in Their Firmament". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  3. ^ Spruell, Sakina P. (March 2003). "A day in the life of TV star Kyla Pratt - How They're Living". Black Enterprise. Archived from the original on 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  4. ^ "IAM SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT".
  5. ^ Cadet, Danielle (2011-11-10). "Kyla Pratt Confirms Rumors". Huffington Post.
  6. ^ biological mother
  7. ^ "Kyla Pratt". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  8. ^ Parham, Marti (2006-01-16). "'One On One' with Kyla Pratt: child star grows up". Jet. Archived from the original on 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  9. ^ "Kyla Pratt". BET. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  10. ^ "VH1′s 100 Greatest Kid Stars Of All Time". Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (Jun 3, 2014). "Kyla Pratt & Justin Prentice Join ABC Family Drama Pilot 'Recovery Road'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved Jun 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Gelman, Vlada (2016-05-14). "Recovery Road Cancelled at Freeform". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  13. ^ Swift, Andy (February 27, 2020). "The Proud Family Revival Ordered at Disney+ With Original Cast — First Look". TVLine.

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