Dina RosePlayed by Yvette Nicole Brown
Dina Rose is Courtney's biggest fan, who will be there to keep a watchful eye on him and his administration, and is always ready to set him straight if need be. She's a loving mother not only to Courtney, but to his best friends, Jermaine Leforge and T.K. Clifton, as well.
Yvette Nicole Brown will next be seen in ABC's comedy "The Mayor." Most recently, she appeared in the hit BET mini-series "The New Edition Story" and hosted SyFy's new game show, "Cosplay Melee."
Yvette landed her first television role, a two-episode gig playing Toni Childs' sister Sherri on "Girlfriends," by chance. Casting director Robi Reed called her in to audition from a postcard submission. Yvette had no credits and no agent. That stroke of serendipity at the beginning of her career taught Yvette that you never know how God is going to move in your life and career. Booking a series regular role two months later, on the first pilot she auditioned for, further proved the point. That show was ABC's "The Big House," which starred Kevin Hart.
Yvette has since appeared and often recurred on shows as varied as "Entourage," "Psych," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Hot in Cleveland," "Melissa & Joey," "The Office," "House," "Two and a Half Men," "That 70's Show" and "Boston Legal," where she was able to perform "Big, Blonde & Beautiful" from Hairspray. It was a bit of a homecoming because Yvette is no stranger to singing. She was managed by Michael Bivins (of New Edition and BBD) and signed to Motown Records when she was just a teen.
Younger viewers may know Yvette from her recurring role on Nickelodeon's "Drake & Josh," where she played movie theater manager Helen Ophelia Dubois.
Yvette has also had a successful career in commercials; she has appeared in over 40 national spots. Brown was also immortalized in puppet form as Mrs. Lewis, from downstairs, in a series of Nike spots, alongside puppet versions of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
She is also making a name for herself in the voiceover world. She can currently be heard as Luna on Disney's "Elena of Avalor," Principal Waller on DC's "Superhero Girls" and the dual role of Portia and Zenith on Crackle's "Supermansion," where she works alongside Bryan Cranston and Keegan Michael Key.
Most recently, Yvette has made the rounds of numerous game shows and talk shows including "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "The Chew," "The View," "The Real," "Hollywood Game Night," "To Tell the Truth," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Pyramid" and her absolute favorite, "The Talking Dead."
In addition to her commercial and television work, including CBS's "The Odd Couple," Yvette also has a burgeoning film career. She made her film debut in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book," working alongside Brittany Murphy and Oscar-winners, Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates.
Her next film, Michael Bay's futuristic thriller, "The Island," put her on the set with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Supporting roles in other films including "Dreamgirls" and "The Kid and I," was where she first met and worked with one of her childhood heroes, Henry Winkler. She was in the box office hit "Tropic Thunder," directed by Ben Stiller, where she worked with Matthew McConaughey, as well as the family film "Meet Dave," where she realized a childhood dream by sharing the screen with Eddie Murphy.
Other film roles include the family film, "Hotel for Dogs," starring Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle; the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth," starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler; the indie hit "(500) Days of Summer," starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; and the action thriller "Repo Men," where she shared the screen with Jude Law and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker. Most recently, those with a keen eye could see Yvette peeking thru loads of prosthetic makeup as one of the three fates in the Percy Jackson sequel, "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters."
Yvette currently resides in L.A. and hopes to have a dog by the time you read this.