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Biography of American actress India Eisley

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Born India Joy Eisley on 29 October 1993, American actress India Eisley is known for her role as Ashley Juergens in the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She is also famous for her roles as Eve in the 2012 film Underworld: Awakening, Sawa in the 2014 film Kite, and Audrina in the 2016 TV film My Sweet Audrina.

India gained even more global recognition after starring in a main role alongside Chris Pine in the 2019 series I Am The Night. Starting out at the early age of 10, the now 27 years old actress has an 18-year career that has seen her feature in almost 20 projects in TV and film. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about India other than her impressive acting career is her rich ethnicity. Add that to her solid entertainment background and upbringing by parents who are both into showbiz.

The apple, they say, seldom falls far from the tree, which holds true in India Eisley’s case. The chip off the old block had her path all but already set even before she was born. Born to a musician and actor father and an award-winning actress mother, it is no surprise that India not only towed the entertainment line but also started quite early.

In this up-close look at the young actress’s life, we seek to learn more about her career, personal life and maybe get some insight into what’s in store for her future. Firstly, here are ten facts about India Joy Eisley.

10 interesting facts about India Eisley

  1. As expected, India has been a big movie fan since her early childhood and will sometimes go to elementary school dressed as characters from her favorite films.
  2. Unsurprisingly, she started her career at a very young age, breaking into acting by working on independent films in Europe.
  3. India got the fantastic opportunity of working with her mother, Olivia Hussey, as they featured together in the 2005 film Headspace.
  4. When comparing herself to Ashley, her character on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, India says they were similarly sarcastic, but she was not as rebellious.
  5. India Elsie is an animal lover who grew up having so many pets at once, including pigs, parrots, rabbits, cats, and dogs.
  6. As earlier hinted, India has a rich and diverse heritage; she is partly English, Argentinian, Spanish, and Scottish.
  7. Her favorite films are: Apocalypse Now (1979), Godfather Part II (1974), and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962).
  8. She has done a little bit of modeling, featuring in Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Fashion Show.
  9. When she isn’t away doing make-belief, India loves to cook, and she especially enjoys experimenting with new recipes.
  10. According to Celebrity Networth, India Elsie already boasts of a mouthwatering $2 million net worth.

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Early life and family background

India was born on 29 October 1993 in Los Angeles, California, US. Although not much information is available about her early years or education, it is known that she traveled a lot with her parents, who are also entertainers. She loved films and acting so much that she sometimes dressed like her favorite characters to elementary school. It is also known that she studied ballet, tap, and modern dance. India grew up having many pets, as we already mentioned, and she has two elder half brothers; Alexander Martin, who was born from her mother’s first marriage with Dean Paul Martin, and Maximillian Fuse, who was born from her mother’s second marriage with Akira Fuse.

The young actress comes from a very long list of actors and entertainers, of whom we will now learn.

India Elsie with mother Olivia Hussey and father David
India Elsie with her parents, David and Olivia

David Glen Eisley (wiki) – father

India was born to David Glen Eisley and Olivia Hussey. David is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the son of actor Anthony Eisley and Judith Tubbs Eisley. 

He has released four solo albums; War Dogs in 1999, Stranger from the Past in 2000, a compilation album of previously unreleased songs, The Lost Tapes in 2003, and Tattered Torn & Worn… in 2019. In December 2017, he released an album with Craig Goldy, under the band name Eisley/Goldy, titled Blood, Guts And Games. David has also appeared in the television shows Beverly Hills90210, and 7th Heaven, and played a part in the film, Action Jackson, and has acted in various commercials.

Olivia Hussey (wiki) – mother

Born Olivia Osuna on 17 April 1951, Olivia Hussey is an English actress. She played the role of Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, and she won a Golden Globe and the David di Donatello Award for her performance, consequently gaining international recognition. Olivia went on to attain the status of Scream Queen after appearing in a lead role in the cult slasher film Black Christmas and a series of other horror films.

Hussey worked in several other projects across different continents in the 1980s and 90s and has also worked as a voice actress, providing voice roles in multiple Star Wars video games.

Olivia Hussey spouses

In 1971, Hussey married actor Dean Paul Martin, the son of the singer Dean Martin. They got divorced after seven years but had a son together. In 1980, Hussey married the Japanese singer Akira Fuse. She gave birth to their son Max in 1983 and divorced Fuse in 1989. Olivia married David Glen Eisley two years after that, and together they had India in 1993.

Anthony Eisley – grandfather

Born Frederick Glendinning Eisley on 19 January 1925, Anthony Eisley was an American actor best known as one of the detective leads, Tracy Steele, in the series Hawaiian Eye. Fred took drama classes at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, after retiring from the US Navy. He got his first acting job in a Pennsylvania stock company production of A Slight Case of Murder. His first on-screen role was as a military policeman in the 1952 movie Fearless Fagan.

Fred appeared in close to 30 projects before hanging his boots in 1991. He lived till 78 before succumbing to death in 2003 by way of heart failure.

Career – India Eisley movies and TV shows

India started her acting career in 2003 with an uncredited role in the series Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In 2005, she and her mother appeared together in the 2005 film Headspace. The following years saw her appear in some minor film roles before her breakthrough came in 2008.

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager

The Secret Life of the American Teenager is an American teen drama television series created by Brenda Hampton. It follows the story of Amy, a teenage girl who gets pregnant after a reckless night. She faces the intimidating situation of being a teen mom. Undaunted, she deals with her pregnancy and the father of her child.

India played the role of Ashley Juergens, the younger daughter of Anne and George, and Amy’s younger sister. Ashley is the first member of the Juergens family to learn of Amy’s pregnancy. She is mature, observant, and sarcastic, tending to speak in a low, monotone voice. She is often forgotten by her family, but despite that, her main concern is keeping her family together. Ashley believed that Amy’s baby would reunite her dividing family and worked hard to discourage Amy from adoption. The character featured as a series regular from seasons 1 to 4 and as a guest star in season 5.

Actress India Eisley Biography
As Ashley in The Secret Life of the American Teenager

I Am The Night

I Am the Night is a six-episode American limited television series created and written by Sam Sheridan. The series is inspired by the memoir One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel, written by Fauna Hodel, documenting her unusual beginnings and the connection to her grandfather, George Hodel, a prime suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder mystery. I Am The Night follows Fauna Hodel, a young girl given up by her birth mother, who sets out to uncover the secrets of her past and ends up following a sinister trail that swirls closer to a gynecologist involved in the legendary Black Dahlia slaying.

India featured in a lead role, portraying Fauna Hodel, who has grown up believing she’s biracial, but she begins investigating the truth about her biological mother and father. In 2020, she received a Satellite Awards nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film.

On the set of I Am The Night, alongside Chris Pine

Personal life

For now, there is not so much to tell about India’s personal life. It will appear that the 27-year-old star is still single. Although, there were rumors of a relationship between her and William Moseley, her Co-Star on My Sweet Audrina. Both of them, however, denied the rumors, claiming they were just good friends.

India Eisley net worth

India’s career has been a financial success thus far. She has accrued a wealth of $2 million in the course of her almost two decades of active acting. It is worthy of note that many of her roles over the years have been minor roles. With her brand becoming more recognized, she’s bound to become even more commercially successful.

Conclusion

Some stories write themselves, and India’s journey into acting is one of them. Born to a family with a big acting pedigree, it was only a matter of when, and not if. India has followed in the steps of her grandfather, uncle, mother, and father to become the next Eisley in Hollywood. If all goes well, she will surpass the achievements of those before her, and leave behind a great legacy. Time will tell.

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