Nia Long is an American actress. Her first TV role was in Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color back in 1986. In the ’90s, she began her film career, debuting in Buried Alive. She later gained recognition for starring as Brandi in the movie Boyz n the Hood. She also starred as Katherine “Kat” Speakes in the soap opera Guiding Light. Afterward, she played recurring character Lisa Wilkes in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 1997, she starred as Nina Mosley in the film Love Jones. At the same time, she played the role of Ryla “Bird” Joseph in Soul Food. In the 2000s, she gained wider recognition for her role as Sherry Pierce in Big Momma’s House and its sequels. Back on TV, she also became known for playing Officer Sasha Monroe in Third Watch and Shay Mosley in NCIS: Los Angeles.