Hollywood star Nia Long started her career in the late 1980s, debuting on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The following decade, she became more popular for her supporting roles in some films. This includes Boyz n the Hood, Made in America and Friday. She also starred as Katherine “Kat” Speakes on the soap opera Guiding Light. She became further known on TV for playing Lisa Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as for her performances in the movies Love Jones, Soul Food, and The Best Man. In the 2000s, she starred in the films Boiler Room, Big Momma’s House, Alfie, Big Momma’s House 2, and Premonition.
She also starred notably as Suzanne Kingston in the comedy film Are We There Yet? and its sequel Are We Done Yet?. During this period, she also gained prominence for her roles on the small screen. She starred as Officer Sasha Monroe on Third Watch and also played Andrea Solomon on Judging Amy. She next played Katie Graham on Big Shots and Roberta Tubbs on The Cleveland Show. In the 2010s, she played Tamara on House of Lies, Billie Page on The Divide, Alexis Smith-Russell on Uncle Buck, and Giuliana ‘Giusi’ Green on Empire. As of 2017, she plays Executive Assistant Director Shay Mosley on the NCIS: Los Angeles.
The actress stays in shape by following a clean diet plan. For starters, she’s a vegetarian. Talking about her diet choice in an interview with Access, Long revealed that she was raised as a vegetarian. “My mom is a vegan. I’m not either today, but what I am thankful is I know better. A lot of people don’t have the education on what a healthy diet is and how important it is,” said the actress. Now that she’s a mom, she also teaches the importance of healthy eating to her kids. “I put greens on my kids’ plate every day. If I have to do it in a smoothie, they get a smoothie with greens,” she shared.