Ilfenesh Hadera is an actress, known for Old Boy (2013), Chi-Raq (2015) and Billions (2016). She is also known for her critically acclaimed television series “Baywatch,” playing Dwayne Johnson’s love interest.

Early Life & Education

Ilfenesh Hadera was born on December 1, 1985, in New York City, United States. Growing up in New York City, Ilfenesh Hadera is a family girl and has shared pictures hanging out with her parents and saying nice things about them.

Ilfenesh Hadera bio wiki young kid Ilfenesh Hadera as a child
Source: Instagram

She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She also studied acting at Harlem School of the Arts. She has worked with the African Services Committee to improve the quality of life of impoverished African citizens.

Acting Career

As an actress, in 2010, she made her film debut playing a small role in the movie 1/20. Afterwards, she got some success in her career, since then, she gets various roles in both big and small TV series and films such as Da Brick – movie (2011), The Blacklist – TV series (2013), Oldboy – movie (2013), Show Me a Hero – TV series (2015), Chi-Raq – movie (2015).

Following years, she also appeared in television series “Chicago Fire” in 2015. It is an American action-drama television series, which airs on NBC. Michael Brandt along with Derek Haas and Dick Wolf served as an executive producer. She has also appeared in the TV series “Billions”, playing the role, Deb Kawi from 20 episodes, (2016-2017).

Rise to Mainstream

Hadera came to media attention when Dwayne Johnson announced that she will play the role of his love interest in the upcoming movie “Baywatch”. He announced her saying this:

“Casting my #BAYWATCH love interest was not easy…For our coveted role of ‘STEF,’ she has to be a lot of things: Strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny. Want to welcome the talented @ilfenator Ilfenesh Hadera to our #BAYWATCH family.”

From there everybody was wondering who this gorgeous girl was. She was spotted on the set of the movie in a bright red bathing suit, looking amazing.

Ilfenesh Hadera and Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
Source: Instagram/The Rock

Personal Life

Hadera is in a relationship with Alex Soroken since 2016. On her 30, birthday, she engaged with boyfriend (now fiancee) Alex Soroken. Her fiance shared a picture on his Instagram account with a beautiful dedication for her saying, “Happy Birthday to my best friend, my companion, my world, and the love of my life @ilfenator. You’ve brought a brilliance to my life that I never imagined. So here is a lifetime of happy returns to this day babe. I love you all the world.”

Ilfenesh Hadera and partner, Alex Soroken

She holds an American nationality and belongs to Ethiopian, European ethnicity. This 5’11” actress is earning a handsome salary from her career however her net worth has not revealed yet.