Jazsmin Lewis is the amalgamation of talent, beauty and tenacity. With an extensive Hollywood career that spans more than twenty years, Jazsmin has proven herself as a musician, actress, and producer. More than a contemporary screen gem, as a philanthropist and mother, this industry mainstay can indeed do it all.
Born March 22, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio, it was an aptitude for music that sparked Jazsmin’s journey into the entertainment industry. As a toddler, Jazsmin mastered the piano, and by her teenage years, the child prodigy was a vocal virtuoso also playing the bass guitar and drums at a professional level. Before graduating high school, Jazsmin was already performing as a background singer and bass player with various artists, such as Gladys Knight, George Clinton, The Ohio Players, and a host of other prominent musicians. As Jazsmin’s skills enhanced, opportunities continued to multiply, and by the late 1980’s Jazsmin made history as the first female bass player for international superstar Prince.
Destined for Hollywood, it was Jazsmin’s passion for acting that would lead to the longevity of her entertainment career. Within days of moving to Los Angeles to pursue film and television jobs, the young actress landed her first role on the hit sitcom Martin, and soon after secured coveted parts on other popular 1990’s television shows, including Saved by the Bell, The Wayans Brothers, Eve and Living Single.
As Jazsmin focused on building her thespian resume, film opportunities began to fill her schedule, including various roles in films such as the cult classics How to Be a Player, Three Can Play That Game and the award-winning feature Traci Townsend, making her one of the first African American actresses to play the title character of a feature film.
In 2002, Jazsmin was cast in another career defining film Barbershop, where she portrayed the wife to Ice Cube’s lead character Calvin. Barbershop earned record-breaking numbers, and in 2004, Jazsmin was tapped to reprise her role as Jennifer Palmer for the sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and for the upcoming installment Barbershop 3: The Next Cut.
In addition to Barbershop 3, Jazsmin will star in two other feature films slated for late 2016 releases, playing lead roles in Grandma’s House, opposite Loretta Divine and Wendy Raquel Robinson, and For the Love of Christmas with Brad James.
As an entertainment veteran, Jazsmin has developed her own production company called Feline Entertainment, where she is gearing up to direct, produce, and star in a new film entitled What Happened to My Life.
Jazsmin resides in Los Angles with her husband, Brian, and son, Christian.