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Yaya DaCosta and The Kids Are All Right

Yaya2 Before Yaya DaCosta's turn as Mark Ruffalo's on-screen girlfriend in The Kids Are All Right, the New York native already enjoyed a fast-expanding film and TV career to match her wide array of talents.

Previously best known as a runner-up on America's Next Top Model (where S2S blogs that she frequently played the peacemaker), DaCosta appeared in 44 episodes of All My Children and eight of Ugly Betty. She tells About Hollywood Movies that she learned ballroom dancing to play opposite Antonio Banderas in 2006's Take the Lead, based on dancer Pierre Dulane's efforts to teach his art to underprivileged kids.

Before her acting career? The young DaCosta was no slacker either, and tells Esquire she graduated from Brown with degrees in international relations and African studies, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

These days, DaCosta tells BV on Movies that Mark Ruffalo was smart, generous and a complete gentleman during the Kids shoot and that she likes working with female directors.

What's next? DaCosta plays a Siren (like this) in the new Tron sequel, Tron Legacy, and tells Contact Music she's already trying to add the Siren doll to her collection.

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