Anika Noni Rose is a sensational singer, although she is better known for her acting, both on stage and in front of the camera. She is best known for her roles alongside Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls (2006). She is also famous for her role in the Broadway production of Caroline or Change, which earned her the Lucille Lortel, Clarence Derwent, Theatre World, and Tony Award among several other nominations.
The enchanting actress also works as a voice actress and gave her voice to the fictional character of Tiana in the animated film The Princess and the Frog (2009), which earned her Disney Legend status at the Disney Legend Awards 2011.
Early Life and Education
Anika Noni Rose was born as a daughter of Claudia and John Rose on September 6, 1972, in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Rose is said to have been in love with the limelight from an early age and dreamt of becoming a great actress. This drove her to become actively involved in the theater department of her high school, where she got her first taste of performing in front of an audience.
She attended Bloomfield High School before enrolling at Florida A&M University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Studies. After this program, she enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California, to study acting to further refine her skills. After completing her training and taking on several roles on the West Coast, Rose moved to New York to make her big breakthrough. She spent over three months auditioning and waiting for a callback before she was cast as Rusty in the Broadway production of Footloose (2000).
She also received roles such as Cindy Lou in Carmen Jones (2001) and Cookie in Me and Mrs. Jones (2001) before making her big break two years later when she secured the role of Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change. After being praised for her stage appearances, she switched to film, where she appeared in the film musicals From Justin to Kelly (2003) and Temptation (2004). It was at this time that she began to be noticed for her voice, which led to her first appearance as a chorus singer in the romantic comedy Surviving Christmas (2004), and then in Dreamgirls (2006) and The Princess and the Frog (2009).
Recently Anika Noni Rose has appeared in various television series and films such as The Good Lady (2010-13), Bag of Bones (2011), Half of a Yellow Sun (2013), and Power (2016-17). During this time, Rose returned to the stage and delivered a stunning performance in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which earned her a Tony Award nomination.
Anika Noni Rose’s Husband and Kids
Jay Ellis, Janina Gavankar, Anika Noni Rose, and Colman Domingo
It is not clear whether Anika Noni Rose is married or even to whom, although she is closely connected to a man identified only as Peter, as well as to the distinguished, award-winning actor, playwright, and director Colman Domingo.
Some publications have reported that the two have been a couple for over a decade since they appeared together in a Japanese restaurant in New York in 2008. The supposed couple have since shared images of themselves on their various social media platforms, with Rose referring in particular to Domingo as their love, although they rarely travel together or walk the red carpet together.
But don’t rejoice too soon, because Domingo could be what you call a gay best friend. The Walking Dead actor has publicly revealed that he is indeed gay and that he and Mrs. Rose only share a deep friendship. This story gives plausibility to the possible existence of Peter, who we have to say did a great job of keeping out of the spotlight. There is also no record of her having children, although we cannot say this with certainty, as celebrities are known to overdo it when it comes to keeping their private lives personal.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Anika Noni Rose
Date of Birth: September 06, 1972
Place of Birth: Bloomfield, Connecticut
Occupation(s): Singer, Actor
Net Worth: $3 Million Dollars
Height: 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm)
Weight: 57 kg (125 lbs)
Zodiac Sign: Virgo