Mahaley Patel

Mahaley Patel (née Hessam; born September 30, 1987) is an American actress best known for appearances in films Easy A, The DUFF, and Our Show.

Mahaley Patel
Mahaley Hessam

(1987-09-30) September 30, 1987
Other namesMahaley Hessam
Mahaley Manning
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter
Years active1993–present
Ravi Patel (m. 2015)

Personal life

Patel was born in Atlanta, Georgia as Mahaley Hessam.[1] Her parents are Harriet and Tawab Hessam. Her father is from Afghanistan.[2] She attended high school at Laurel Springs High School and college at Emory University and UCLA. Patel recently co-founded MaHolland Productions, which specializes in producing and developing socially relevant content. Patel is also an honors graduate of UCLA. She owns a boxer named Coco and, in her spare time, volunteers as a youth mentor with Red Eye Inc.[2] Patel has had the same acting coach since she was in high school and said Lisina Stoneburner is one of the first people whom she calls when she lands a role.[3] Patel attended UCLA where she got her first big break in Easy A.[3] She married Indian-American actor Ravi Patel on 8 November 2015, with whom she has a daughter named Amelie, born 2016.[4]. As of 2018, Patel attends Pepperdine University, and is working on her degree that specializes in Marriage and Family Therapy.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Easy A Nina Howell as Mahaley Hessam
2015 The DUFF Kara as Mahaley Manning
2016 Be Somebody Kelsey
2016 Carrie Pilby Amanda


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Accidentally On Purpose Holly Episode: "The Godfather"
2010 Secret Life of the American Teenager Donna Episode: "Just Say Me"
2010 Big Time Rush Sandra Episode: "Welcome Back Big Time"
2010 Our Show Zohra Television film; as Mahaley Hessam
2013-2014 Awkward Nia Guest role; 3 episodes
2015 Eat Me Herself Host, also executive producer; unaired television series
2019 Broker Destiny Television film


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