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Gelila Asres was born in Ethiopia and grew up traveling the world. At age 14, Gelila appeared in her first commercial (for Impulse Body Spray). She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. During this time, she appeared in several theatrical presentations, including "Trojan Women," "The Gingham Dog," "Cry Havoc" and "The Taming of the Shrew." Upon graduation from the Academy, Gelila appeared in numerous television programs, including "Saturday Night Live," "The Cosby Show," "Law & Order," "The City," "As the World Turns" and MTV. In her spare time she juggles a career in print modeling and commercials (most recently for Nike).