Who is Malese Jow?

Malese was born as Elizabeth Melise Jow under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on 18 February 1991, in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA; she holds American nationality and her ethnicity is mixed, of Indian, Cherokee Indian, Chinese and Caucasian descent. Malese is a singer, and an actress with 35 credits to her name, perhaps known best for her role as Anna Zhu in the series “The Vampire Diaries” a fantasy horror drama starring Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley; the series had 67 award nominations and won 37.

Early life and education

Although she was born in Tulsa, when she was nine years old she moved with her mother Lanae Tillery Jow and her siblings, Makkena, Jensen and Braden to California, so it’s assumed that her parents are divorced.

She attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2010 she didn’t enroll at college, instead pursuing her acting career.

Roles in series

Malese made her first appearance on television at the age of six, in the series “Barney & Friends” and “Dellaventura”, although these roles were uncredited; after that, she was cast to play Celeste in the “The Brothers Garcia”, followed by her role as Ruby Donahue in the series “Wizards of Waverly Place”.

In 2004, she was cast to play Geena Fabiano in “Unfabulous”, starring alongside Jordan Calloway and Emma Roberts in this family comedy drama about a middle school student and her two best friends; the series was nominated for 19 awards, and although didn’t win any, it was quite popular amongst teenagers; Malese was nominated for Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV series-Supporting Young Actress.

In the following years, Malese made appearances in series such as “The Young and the Restless”, “iCarly“, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, and “Hannah Montana”, and had guest roles in “Leverage” and “Desperate Housewives”,  before she was cast to play Anna Zhu in the series “The Vampire Diaries”.

She next portrayed Cadence Nash in the series “The Troop”, followed by her role as Lucy Stone in the Nickelodeon series “Big Time Rush”, acting alongside Carlos PenaVega, Kendall Schmidt and James Maslow in this musical family comedy, which had 14 award nominations and won four.

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Malese was cast to play Julia Yeung in the series “Star-Crossed” in 2014, and in the following year she portrayed Linda Park in the series “The Flash”, acting alongside Candice Patton, Grant Gustin and Danielle Panabaker. This action adventure drama is about Barry Allen who discovers that, after being struck by a lightning, he has the power of super speed, and uses it to fight against crime; the series had 90 award nominations, including for a Primetime Emmy, winning 29.

In the following years, she made her appearance in several episodes of the series’ “Filthy Preppy Teen$”, “How to Be a Vampire”, and “The Shannara Chronicles”.

Her most recent role was in the series “NCIS: Los Angeles” in 2019, and as a voice actor, she was heard in the series “Invincible” in 2021.

Roles in movies

Malese made her acting debut on the big screen in the 2007 movie “Bratz” in which she portrayed Quinn, followed by her roles in “Aliens in the Attic”, “You’re So Cupid”, and “The Social Network”.

In 2012, she was cast to play Morgan in the TV movie “Shelter”, starring alongside Scott Eastwood and Zachary Abel, followed by her supporting role in the 2014 movie “Plastic”, and her lead role in the movie “Presumed Dead in Paradise”.

Her most recent role as Daya Zhang was in the 2019 movie “Escape Plan: The Extractors” starring Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent, and Dave Bautista, followed by her role as Ariana in the 2020 movie “I Wrote This for You”.

This fantasy comedy drama is about a young man who suffers after his girlfriend breaks-up from him, which had 15 award nominations and won 10; Malese was nominated for Madrid International Film Festival Award Best Lead Actress, and won Hoboken International Film Festival Award Best Supporting Actress.

Musical career

Malese, or nowadays better known as Melise, is a talented singer, recognized by her mother when she was just six years old. She has sung the national anthem at local baseball games, and been the opening act for singers such as Rodney Lay and Brenda Lee. When she was 11, she competed on Ed McMahon’s show “Next Big Star”, and won four rounds. Malese sang in some spots and jingles in commercials for McDonald’s in 1999.

She released her first promotional singles “He Said She Said”, “Turn Away”, “Sounds of Summer”, and “Live For Today” in 2006, and in the following years more singles such as “You Had It All”, “Hey Oh”, “Caught Up In You”, “The Perfect Love”, and several others. Her most recent song, “Trying to Sleep” was released under her artistic name Melise in 2018, and she directed the official music video for it.

Love life and relationships

There were some rumors back in 2006, saying that Malese was in a relationship with Kevin Jonas, the eldest brother of the famous trio Jonas Brothers, as they were often seen together in clubs and at the parties; there are pictures of two of them together hugging and smiling. However, the two never spoken publicly about their relationship, and Kevin is now a married man.

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In 2009, Malese met Carter Jenkins on the set of the Nickelodeon’s series “Unfabulous”, and they started dating when they were both acting in the movie “Aliens in the Attic”; however, this love story ended after four months, and they haven’t spoken about the reason for their break-up.

In the following year, there were rumors about Malese and her fellow actor from “The Vampire Diaries” Steven R. McQueen that they are dating, but they preferred to keep their supposed  relationship a secret, however, eventually both of them denied these rumors.

She was then connected with Ian Somerhalder, another “The Vampire Diaries” actor, with rumors beginning after he broke-up from his girlfriend Nina Dobrev; it is assumed that Malese and Ian were dating from April 2013, but that they separated in June of the same year.

As of November 2021, it seems that Malese is single, however, she recently posted a picture on her Instagram account featuring her and an unknown young man, with the description ‘it us’ with a little heart beside it.

Hobbies and other interests

Malese loves to cook and bake, she likes gardening, and when she wants to relax, she paints and drinks Moet, exclusive French champagne.

Her favorite hobby is reading – she likes to read poems, and her favorite writer is Emily Dickinson, and favorite poem “Hope is the Thing with Feathers”.

She is into traveling, her favorite travel destination is Maui, Hawaii and she dreams of visiting her father’s home country China.

Malese takes care of her body, working out at the gym four to five times per week, and she eats healthy food – she can be seen often at the market place buying organic vegetables and fruits, and as she said, she enjoys picking out fresh products.

Age, height, and net worth

Malese is 30 years old, with long brown hair and dark brown eyes; she weighs around 105lbs (48kgs) and is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall, with vital statistics of 32-23-34.

As of November 2021, her net worth has been estimated at $2 million.

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