Ilfenesh Hadera is an American actress who has appeared in films such as Old Boys (2010), Chi-Raq (2015) and the television series “Billions”, “The Blacklist”, “Chicago Fire”, “Conviction” and “Show Me A Hero”. Her most popular role to date is that of Stephanie Holden, the love interest of Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) in the 2017 drama action film “Baywatch”.
The Rock himself participated in his Instagram account to announce that Hadera would be poured as his love interest.
Accompanied by a hot picture of Hadera, The Rock wrote;
“….For our coveted role of “STEF”, she had to be a lot of things: Strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny. Want to welcome the talented @ilfenator Ilfenesh Hadera to our #BAYWATCH family. She’s a 5’11 walkin’ smokestack with legs for days. Smart and tougher than new rope.. just the way we like ’em.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Casting my #BAYWATCH love interest wasn't easy (extremely tough job but hey I'm one of the producers;) but we finally found her. For our coveted role of "STEF", she had to be a lot of things: Strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny. Want to welcome the talented @ilfenator Ilfenesh Hadera to our #BAYWATCH family. She's a 5'11 walkin' smokestack with legs for days. Smart and tougher than new rope.. just the way we like 'em. And seeing as she's playing my love interest – my f*cked up calloused hands are the ONLY HANDS allowed to rub suntan oil on her skin. You hear that Efron? Step out of line Zac and she'll knock your unattractive candy ass into next week. Mine too😜. Our dope cast is coming together nicely with a few more big announcements/cool surprises along the way. Let's have some rated R fun.. We are the keepers of "The Bay". We are… #BAYWATCH. #SandSquadUpInThisBitch 🕶👙🍆🔥👊🏾💯
Such words from The Rock aroused great interest in Hadera as many became curious to learn more about them.
Hadera herself was thrilled with Dwayne’s amazing call for her. In an interview with Coveteur Magazine she said;
“Dwayne made me sound like the best version of myself. He was so polite and supportive and excited that I was in the movie.”
This article aims to explore some interesting facts about Ilfenesh Hadera, including her biography/wiki, her ethnicity, and her personal life.
Ilfenesh Hadera Wiki/Age/Biography, Ethnicity
Ilfenesh Hadera was born on 01 December 1985 in New York USA. Her mother Kim Nichols is of European-American descent, while her father Asfaha Hadera is of Ethiopian descent. This makes Hadera’s Ethnic Ethiopian European. However, she has American citizenship.
With an early passion for acting, Ilfenesh attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
When she talked to Coveteur about her passion for theatre, she said;
“I think that’s part of why there was no Plan B. I spent the years 13 to 17, which were meant to trade for four periods a day. I didn’t even stop to think about something else that I would rather do.”
Hadera also studied acting at the Harlem School of the Arts.
When her acting career hadn’t started yet, Hadera enrolled in a DJ school at DubSpot on 14th Street. She thought it would be a good substitute if the acting didn’t work for her.
She told the coveteur about her DJ school;
“…I wasn’t very good (at DJing), but I thought to myself: “All right, if acting doesn’t work, I love music and I love to introduce people to new music so I can be a DJ…”. It was when all those hot female DJs played the tent and all those wild mega-clubs and made thousands of dollars a night or something.”
Before she became mainstream thanks to Dwayne Johnson’s reputation, Hadera worked as a waitress for 10 years!
“…I was the low man at The Standard’s totem pole for a year, so I closed every night I worked. The things people would say to me if they turned away… I can’t even repeat it. You’re having a real fight,” she said about her waitress job.
Ilfenesh Hadera made her debut in 1/20, a narrative film about the campaign and inauguration of Barack Obama.
Ilfenesh Hadera Facts
She’d rather take a cab through the subway than an over.
Her favorite food is pizza.
She’s a fitness junkie.
She would choose a bikini instead of a unique one.
She is such a family girl, she lived with her parents until she was 30 years old. Hadera often shares photos of her parents on her IG page.
Like this old photo of her father back then.
And this one shows her, her father and possibly her brother.
Hadera is an animal lover and advocate.
She is somehow active in the charity organization and makes various contributions to the African Service Committee.
Ilfenesh Hadera Boyfriend
Ilfenesh Hadera started being with Alex Soroken in 2016. Soroken is a bartender who works at the La Esquina bar in New York City.
The couple often shares pictures of themselves on social media. When Hadera turned 30, Alex asked the big question.
He participated in his Instagram account to dedicate a contribution to her;
“Happy Birthday to my best friend, my companion, my world, and the love of my life @ilfenator. You have brought a brilliance into my life that I could never have imagined. So here’s to a lifetime of happy feedback on THIS day babe. I love you all over the world.”
Ilfenesh Hadera Height, Body Measurements
Breasts-Waist-Hips: 36-27-38 inches (91-69-97 cm)
Bra size: 34B
Cup size: B
Dress size: 8
Height: 5’ 11” (180 cm)
Weight: 140 pounds (64 kg)