Who is Alisha Boe?
Alisha Boe is an actress of Somali heritage who was born on 6th March, 1997, in Oslo, Norway. Best known for playing Jessica Davis in hit Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, the young thespian is 5ft 4in (1.63m) tall, with a weight of about 112lbs (51kgs), and vital statistics of 35-27-34. She’s also known for becoming the first Somali actress since supermodel Iman to play a leading role in an American production.
Alisha’s Formative Years
The divorce of Alisha’s parents led to the star moving to Los Angeles at just seven years old when her mother, a Norwegian native, remarried. As a youngster, the thespian studied at George Ellery Hale Charter Academy and Ivy Academia. Following her middle school, Alisha furthered her studies at El Camino Real High School and participated in various school plays.
Alisha’s mother fully supported her daughter’s dreams, and enrolled her into acting classes to maximize her potential. The then-teenager dropped out of high school after landing her big break in the entertainment industry.
Alisha’s First Roles
Way before “13 Reasons Why” gained Alisha a cult following, the young woman scored her first acting role at 11-years-old in the rated-R 2008 gruesome horror movie “Amusement”, in which Katheryn Winnick and Laura Breckenridge starred.
The next year, Alisha accepted an interesting role in “Plastic Makes Perfect”, a short film written and directed by Ann Finnegan to highlight the maturity of young people and their knowledge in cosmetic enhancements and sex.
The youngster’s second role in 2009 was in the romcom “He’s On My Mind” – industry newbies such as Shamari Berkley and Ayo Sorrells made their acting debut in the poorly-received production.
Following a short hiatus, in 2012 Alisha made a brief appearance in an episode of “Parenthood”, and a role in blockbuster “Paranormal Activity 4” as Tara. Although the fourth installment of the horror saga received poor reviews, it did tremendously well commercially with box office figures of $143 million.
Alisha’s Notable Roles
Alisha’s first recurring role came in 2014, when she played Daphne in 14 episodes of the long-running drama “Days of Our Lives”.
Almost as soon as she left the series, the adolescent plumped up her acting portfolio and scored another recurring role in six episodes of “Casual”.
In 2017, the sultry-eyed brunette finally made it big when the first season of “13 Reasons Why” took the internet by storm. Despite being plagued by controversies, such as a lack of trigger warnings and the main character’s graphic suicide scene, all the cast members defended the show, and said they were trying to “promote conversation between adults and teens”.
Jessica Davis, Alisha’s character, is one of the show’s protagonists and appeared in seasons one to four.
In one harrowing scene of season one, Jessica is raped, which leads to her founding an association for sexual assault survivors at Liberty High School. Jessica is arrogant and cruel at times, and is listed as one of the reasons why the main character of the show, Hannah Baker, commits suicide.
Of the show, Alisha has said nothing but good things, such as: “When I started the first season of 13, I learned so much about women’s rights – and feminism in general – through Jessica”. The actress has also developed an incredibly close relationship with her castmates, and remains in contact with them to this day.
As for new projects, Alisha is slated to appear in the short “The Naked Man”, drama “Who Am I?”, comedy movie “When You Finish Saving The World”, and dark comedy “Strangers”, meaning that 2022 will be a fruitful year for the star. All projects are currently in post-production stages, and the plots have yet to be revealed.
Alisha’s Personal Life
It’s no surprise that Alisha is a staunch feminist and racial equality activist, topics that were touched in “13 Reasons Why”. She has previously denounced Trump for branding Black Lives Matter protesters terrorists, and her Instagram feed also references the causes she champions.
In 2018, the actress made it a New Year’s Resolution to read more books by black authors, and provided her steady fanbase with a diverse list of suggestions. Following the widely publicized death of George Floyd in May 2020, which caused a global outcry, the starlet posted a tribute to him, Ahmaud Arbery, and Kenneth Ross Jr; all three men’s lives were cut short as a consequence of alleged police brutality.
As for her love life, Alisha is pretty lowkey when it comes to discussing her possible boyfriends. A 2019 article confirmed the actress’s singledom, and mentioned her ex, Scott O’Brien, who she was dating sometime in 2017. We have no information on Scott, as Alisha has wiped her Instagram of all his photos.
The star was previously linked to “13 Reasons Why” co-star Brandon Flynn, who played Justin Foley in the series. Neither party confirmed nor denied the rumors that their close friendship could possibly be something more; Brandon’s only known relationship to date has been with pop singer Sam Smith. The handsome couple parted ways sometime in 2018 and have since spoken fondly about each other, with Sam saying: “Brandon was wonderful. I’m still trying to figure out what I took from that relationship and what it meant to me”. Brandon has been linked to other male actors since, but prefers to keep his private life out of the public eye.
Alisha’s Net Worth
Reliable sources confirm that Alisha’s net worth is close to $5 million, despite her relatively short time in Hollywood, thanks largely to the success of “13 Reasons Why”.
The show’s cast successfully renegotiated their salaries in 2019 before season three’s release. Dylan Minnette, the lead actor, wrangled a hefty raise from $80,000 to $200,000 per episode, with Alisha and the rest of the cast earning $135,000. The Hollywood Reporter added that if the show was renewed for a fourth season, the supporting cast members would earn $150,000 per episode.
Alisha’s net worth is likely to increase in 2022 due to the release of new projects. For now, acting is her only source of income.