Live Q&A With Kat Graham
Aug 14, 2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
1pm – 1:30pm
Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard at Fashion Island
Kat Graham is an actress, singer, dancer and producer. Working across a variety of genres in film, television and music, she is one of the most accomplished and versatile young talents working today.
Graham was recently seen in The Poison Rose opposite Morgan Freeman and John Travolta. In 2018, Graham starred in Netflix’s How it Ends opposite Forest Whitaker and Theo James. Graham voiced the first African-American April O’Neil in Nickelodeon’s animated television show Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She also starred as the lead in the Netflix film The Holiday Calendar with Quincy Brown.
Graham starred as Jada Pinkett in the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me which Lionsgate released in 2017.
Graham made her television debut in 2002 on Disney Channel’s popular teen comedy Lizzie McGuire. She starred as Bonnie Bennett, considered to be her breakout role, in the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. The show premiered in 2009 and received praise from fans and critics alike. The supernatural drama ran for eight seasons. She also appeared on a number of hit television shows for Disney, Fox, CBS and ABC. Another notable film credit includes 17 Again with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry.
Graham has also produced and sold multiple film and television projects including docu-web series “Breaking the Record” with Disney’s Maker Studios, and the dance drama “From The Top” with Warner Bros. Television. She is set to star in and produce a biopic about iconic Motown singer Tammi Terrell with Hilary Shor and Bob Teitel.
A talented singer and music producer, Graham released her second album, Love Music, Funk Magic in 2017 which she worked on with Babyface and Prince. She released her debut EP Against the Wall in May 2012 after signing with A&M Octone Interscope records, and her first single, Put Your Graffiti On Me, which was produced by popular Australian production duo Twice as Nice, reached over 7 million views on VEVO and hit #5 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Her debut album Roxbury Drive, which included her single Secrets featuring Babyface, was released in 2015. Graham, who has a degree in recording engineering, produced the 90s-inspired album with Jean-Yves “Jeeve” Ducornet and co-wrote the album with Babyface.
A trained dancer, Graham has appeared in music videos for a myriad of artists including Grammy winners Pharrell, Missy Elliot, John Legend, Nelly, Diddy and Usher. She has also performed on tracks with Snoop Dogg and Will.I.Am, and toured with the Black Eyed Peas on their 2007 world tour.
Graham has served as the face of many campaigns and endorsements for brands such as Foster Grant, Wet ‘N Wild, Degree, Samsung, Avon, Bing, Ford, Aquafina, Abercrombie, Nivea, Armani Exchange and Fanta.
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Graham speaks four languages – English, Spanish, French and Hebrew, and in 2013, she became a high profile supporter of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees). She is also a council member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and worked with The Water Project helping fund wells for clean water to be built for villages and schools throughout Africa.
In addition to her work with refugees, Graham is a council member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), as well as a supporter of The Water Project and Empower 54. Her PSA short film for Black Lives Matter landed her an Emmy nomination for best PSA short.