Who is Angela Sarafyan?
Fans of the science-fiction drama series “Westworld” are definitely familiar with the character of Clementine Pennyfeather, one of the prostitutes from Mariposa brothel who became Brothel Madam. For the actress Angela Sarafyan, this role was quite significant, and brought her a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, which she shares with the rest of the cast.
Besides the above-stated role, Angela has 75 acting credits to her name, and has been seen co-starring in hit movies such as “The Immigrant”, “Paranoia” and “Reminiscence”, among others.
Early life, family, and education
Angela Sarafyan (sometimes credited as Sarafian) was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on 30 June 1983, in Yerevan, Armenia, but now holds both Armenian and American nationality since she moved with her parents to the USA when she was four years old. Her father, Grigor, is an actor, while her mother, Zarmine, is a painter.
Being raised in an artistic family, Angela studied ballet and played piano, however, she eventually decided to follow in her father’s footsteps.
The family settled in Los Angeles, California where Angela attended Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School; upon matriculating in 2001, she didn’t go to college but pursued her acting career.
Roles in series
Angela made her acting debut in 2000, portraying Aisha Al-Jamal in an episode of the series “Judging Amy”. It then took her two years to be cast for a guest role as Lori in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
She followed with other guest roles in “The Shield” and “The Division” in 2004, and in the following years, Angela made appearances in “Wanted” (2005), “24” (2006), “Lincoln Heights” (2007), and “In Plain Sight” (2008).
In 2009, she was cast to play Alena in “Hot Sluts”, which was her first lead role opposite Beth Dover and Alison Brie in this comedy that wasn’t well accepted by the audience and critics. Angela was then seen as Samantha in the 2010 action comedy “The Good Guys”, starring Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks and Jenny Wade.
Between 2010 and 2015, Angela again mostly guest-starred in various series, including “Nikita” (2011), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2012) and “Blue Bloods” (2014). Angela next portrayed Alice in the episodes “Magical Thinking” and “Show Stoppers” of the series “American Horror Story” (2015); this anthology series centered on various characters and locations, starring Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates, and had 401 award nominations and won 128, including 16 Primetime Emmys.
From 2016 until 2022, Angela was seen in 21 episodes of “Westworld”, until her character was killed in the fourth season of the series.
Angela’s most recent role was her portrayal of Penny in the Podcast series “Classified”, a science-fiction drama that follows the story of a paranoid trained killer, Ivan, trapped in the Ravenholm Institute, who plans his escape.
Roles in movies
Angela’s first movie appearance was her role as Crystal in the 2002 TV movie “Paranormal Girl”. She followed with her role as Lauren in “The Last Run” in 2004, and although her role was uncredited, this was her big-screen debut.
In the following year, Angela was cast to play Liberty Edwards in “Halfway Decent”, while her next role came two years later, when she was seen as Ramona in “Kabluey”, starring Lisa Kudrow and Scott Prendergast, who was also the writer and director of this comedy.
Angela’s first lead role came in the 2008 movie “A Beautiful Life”, a love story centered on the meeting of two lost souls – an illegal immigrant and a woman with a rough background spend the night together and fall in love, but as they become closer, they encounter problems. The movie had no nominations, and it wasn’t well-accepted by the audience.
Next, she was seen co-starring in “Repo Chick” (2009), “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” (2011), and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2” in 2012, before in the same year being cast to play Ani in the comedy-drama “Lost and Found in Armenia” opposite Jamie Kennedy and Dave Sheridan; the movie won the Arpa International Film Festival Award for Achievement in International Cinema.
In 2013, Angela was seen as Magda Cybulska in “The Immigrant”, a romantic drama that followed the story of an innocent immigrant woman who was tricked into a life of burlesque until a magician tries to save her. The stars of the movie were Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, and the movie had 29 award nominations, winning 17.
Some of Angela’s notable roles have been in “Paranoia” (2013), “Never” (2014), and “Me Him Her” (2015). She had a female lead role in the movie “1915”, a drama written and directed by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian about the alleged Armenian Genocide.
The following years saw Angela in “The Promise” (2016) and “We Are Boats” (2018), and in the same year she was seen as Sunny in the short movie “Pin-Up”. This drama had over 40 award nominations and won 37, including Angela’s awards – Global Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress, IndieFEST Film Award of Excellence-Best Supporting Actress, and two International Independent Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress, and Best Actress In a Supporting Role.
Her most recent movie roles were in “Caged” (2019), “King Knight” (2021), and “Run & Gun” (2022), among others, while her fans will enjoy watching her acting in the movies “Hail Mary” and “Yesteryear” which are currently in development.
Love life, relationships, and affairs
Angela has been the subject of numerous rumors and gossip, as she’s one of those persons who doesn’t hide their personal life. It’s known that she was married to her co-star from “Lost & Found in Armenia” Narek Ghaplanyan, whom she met on the set of the movie. The two married in 2012 but divorced after five years.
Before she married Narek, Angela was romantically linked with another of her co-stars, Rami Malek, whom she met on the set of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”. They had an on-screen match-up, with her character Tia being Benjamin’s (Rami Malek) love interest in the film. The two never confirmed their relationship, but they were often seen together in public.
Another rumor concerning Angela’s love life is that she was dating one of the Jonas brothers, Nick in early 2018, but when Nick married Priyanka Chopra in December 2018, the rumors stopped.
As of October 2022, Angela is in a relationship with Colin Carrier, who is perhaps known best as the widower of American television host, Tatiana Carrier.
Age, height, and net worth
Angela’s age is 39 -, according to her fans, she’s one of the most beautiful actresses, with her brown hair and piercing blue eyes. She is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, weighs around 135lbs (61kgs), with vital statistics of 34-24-34.
If you wondered about her net worth, it’s been estimated at around $4 million, with most of the income she’s earned is thanks to her acting talent.