Summer Bishil had a very rough childhood and early life. Had to migrate during 9/11 attack. How did she come to showbiz?
Summer Bishil’s Bio
Summer Bishil is an American television actress. She was born Summer Yasmine Bishil on 17 July 1988 in Pasadena California.
She came to fame through the movie Towelhead as Jasira in 2007. In 2009, her another movie named Crossing Over was released, in this movie, her role was as Taslima.
Summer Bishil’s Parents, Childhood
Summer’s mother’s nationality is American and ethnicity is a mix of Mexican and Caucasian. Her father’s ethnicity is Indian. She has two other siblings, one elder sister, and another elder. Her elder brother’s name is Skylar Bishil and you can see his childhood picture below:
Bishil’s parents had to migrate to Saudi Arabia and then to Bahrain in 1991. Then she was only three years old.
About education, even after moving to Bahrain, Summer and her elder brother were sent to British and American schools by her parents. She lived in Bahrain until the age of 14.
When there was 11 September 2001 attack which is also called as 9/11 attack, Summer’s family had to return the USA.
Her parents first shifted to San Diego in a Mormon community. There she was enrolled in a regular public school for just about a week.
Aftermath of 9/11 was not so cool for Summer as her classmates in school were not friendly and they did not welcome her.
“I hated it. I was called a whore on the first day of school, and somebody said they thought my dad funded terrorism. I just knew that nobody was ever going to want to be my friend there. I had panic attacks the first year of my life here.”
The situation became so disturbing for her and her family that they had to shift away from where they were staying. They moved to Arcadia and her mother educated her and her other siblings from home itself.
Later she studied at California from Citrus College. She showed interest in acting at the age of 14 and started taking acting classes.
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When Summer became 15, she was signed with a manager as well as an agency to a contract. Her first project was on the television show named Just for Kicks in Nickelodeon channel. She was then recognized in 2006, for the novel based film Towelhead.
Dana Stevens, a critic’s view on Summer’s acting:
“Her performance is the truest thing in a movie that, for all its good intentions, feels thoroughly phony and mildly embarrassing, like an extended PSA about inappropriate touching.”
Another praised she received by Bob Strauss was,
“Summer Bishil is one of the finest natural film actresses to emerge in years.”
Gary Goldstein, an author said,
“…newcomer Summer Bishil turns in a gutsy, quietly riveting performance as Jasira.”
After this, the sky was the limit for her. She kept getting roles and flourished her acting skills in the movies like Crossing Over, Public Relations, Pop Star, Under the Silver Lake, etc. She also did series on television.
In 2008, Summer won Young Hollywood Award for the category One to Watch and for the same movie she was nominated in Independent Spirits Awards for Best Actress.