Born Rihanna Jade Griffith
April 16, 1985 (1985-04-16) (age 24)
Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation actress, model, artist
Years active 1998-2005
Rihanna Jade Griffith (born April 16, 1985) is an Australian actress, artist and model.
==Life and career==
Griffith was born in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia. She began modeling as a child, doing runway work and catalogue ads, and progressed from there to television commercials. Rihanna also briefly attended Avondale Seventh Day Adventist High School from 1997-2000.
From there, she got her first guest-starring role on the Australian medical drama Children's Hospital, and won her first film role, as Mercia in the 1998 film 15 Amore. Shortly thereafter, she won ModelQuest98's Grand Final for the 12-to-15 division, and was cast as "Jack" in the science fiction film Pitch Black.
Rihanna continued to act throughout her teenage years, balancing her career with schooling. She starred in Desperately Seeking Brandi, a short film that was broadcast on the Nike website to coincide with the 2000 Sydney Olympic games. Her costars in the film were Brandi Chastain and Oliver Ackland. That same year, she was also a guest-star on the Australian comedy TV series Backberner.
In 2001, she starred in the short film Search by director Hannah Hilliard. In 2002, she did a three-month guest-star stint on the popular Australian soap opera Home & Away and then guest-starred on an episode of the crime drama White Collar Blue. 2003 saw her appearing in a music video by rocker Ben Lee, called "Running With Scissors," directed by Nash Edgerton.
In 2004 she reprised her role as "Jack" from Pitch Black in the anime The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury. She also auditioned to play the role in the feature film sequel to Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick. Her casting was backed by producer and star Vin Diesel, but Rihanna was told she had to "toughen up" for the role. Despite enlisting the aid of a kick-boxing trainer, she had only three weeks to prepare, and the role eventually went to Alexa Davalos.
2004 also saw Rihanna embark upon her art career in earnest, with two major solo gallery showings. Her first, Chrysalis, was held at the Tighes Hill Gallery in Newcastle, Australia in January 2004. Her second, A Month in Kaos, was held at the Surry Hills Cafe 249 art gallery in Sydney, Australia in May, 2004. Rihanna also acted in another short film, A Whole New You, and guest-starred in an episode of the hit Australian medical drama All Saints. As the year came to a close, Rihanna portrayed Barbarella in print and television ads promoting the Flickerfest film festival.
In 2005, Rihanna held her third art exhibition, a collaboration with her brother, poet Damien Griffith, called Sibling Revelry. In conjunction with the art show, they released a limited-edition book of their work, pairing her paintings with his poems. Rihanna also contributed to a Wearable Art Festival, and will launch a line of clothing later in 2005. She is working on her second book, a children's book, for release in late 2005, and portrayed the starring role of Clare Newell in a short film, Wrong Answer, which will be continued in the psychological thriller called Volunteer, to be directed by JD Cohen.
Year Work Format Role Status
2006 Volunteer Motion Picture Clare Newell Pre-production
2005 Wrong Answer Short Film Clare Newell Winner of Judges' Choice: Short Film, Audience Choice: Short Film and Best of Fest at the 2005 Frankly Film Fest
2005 Sibling Revelry Art exhibit painter Completed
2004 Flickerfest Advertising campaign Barbarella Completed
2004 All Saints TV show Cindy Single episode guest appearance (completed)
2004 A Whole New You Short film Receptionist Completed
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Anime DVD Jack/Jackie Completed
2004 A Month in Kaos Art exhibit painter Completed
2004 Chrysalis Art exhibit painter Completed
2003 Running With Scissors Music video Waitress Completed
2002 White Collar Blue TV show Lilly Derwent Single episode guest appearance (completed)
2002 Home & Away TV show Aimee Cooper Recurring guest role (completed)
2001 Search Short film May Completed
2000 Backberner TV show Kristi Taylor Single episode guest appearance (completed)
2000 Desperately Seeking Brandi Short film (internet webcast) Bea Completed
2000 Pitch Black Motion Picture Jack/Jackie Completed
1999 15 Amore Motion Picture Mercia Completed
1998 Children's Hospital TV show Kelly Single episode guest appearance
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