Who is she? Justin Timberlake was spotted holding hands with actress Alisha Wainwright on Thursday, November 21, at a bar in New Orleans. Currently, Alisha and the pop star, 38 — who is married to Jessica Biel — are filming their movie Palmer together. In photos and video obtained by The Sun, Justin appeared drunk during his night out, and Alisha was seen with her hand on his knee, and they even held hands. However, the brunette beauty has actually been in Hollywood a while — find out other facts about her below.
She Has Quite the Resume
The 30-year-old has been starring in movies and televisions since 2008, according to IMDB. Alisha starred in Criminal Minds, Lethal Weapon and appeared in 35 episodes of Shadowhunters on Freeform. Recently, she was in Raising Dion, Netflix’s show about science fiction and superheroes. “I feel like there aren’t a lot of great positive shows that put a young mother at the forefront and still make her fun and complex,” she told W magazine in October about her character. “I was raised by a single mother, so I know that there’s a lot of drama in that life, and there is a lot to pull from.”
She’s Dedicated to Her Work
Alisha has “gone into intense research” for a role, she told Backstage.com in October. “I did a police ride-along in West Hollywood to prepare for an audition for a police officer for a television show six years ago,” she said. “At the time, if you were a resident of West Hollywood, if you gave them your driver’s license, and they did a general background check and you came up clean, one of their sheriffs would let you accompany them for the day. So, I did that for the day and did a whole beat with him, went to answer some calls. He was also a detective, so we were talking about his long-term detective work. It was so informative, not only about what it’s like to be a police officer, but also my own community, the types of crime that were happening in West Hollywood. I found it so fascinating.”
She Is Close With Michael B. Jordan
The Florida native starred alongside Michael B. Jordan in Raising Dion, and it seems like they have a great relationship. “Michael is a movie star, and he comes with so much clout and star power, so to have him be a loss on the show, it almost magnifies that sensation,” she told Collider. “He’s an incredibly kind and hardworking person. I experienced him as a producer, almost as much as I did as an actor, because of his involvement in the show, behind the scenes. Eventually, I also want to move into a space where I can create my own content and other TV shows and projects, and I admired his ability to see a project, all the way through from seeing it be crowd-funded to having it premiere on Netflix.”
She Likes to Travel
Alisha clearly has caught the travel bug as she frequently posts about her adventures on Instagram. She visited Machu Picchu in April and New Zealand in January 2018. “I’m always looking for a genuinely authentic meal that’s representative of where I am,” she told CN Traveler in September. “I went to Trinidad in March for Trinidad and Tobago carnival, and the first thing I wanted as soon as we landed was doubles, this vegetarian chickpea dish that’s almost like a wrap. When I was younger, travel felt like a drug. I always needed to go and see a part of the world because I didn’t really travel so much growing up.”
Alisha and Justin Are ‘Just Friends’
A source who was at the Absinthe House bar on Bourbon Street with Justin and Alisha told Us Weekly that the costars have a platonic relationship.
“Several cast members were there and it was just a cast gathering,” the insider said. “Nothing remotely romantic is going on with Justin and Alisha. The whole cast is shooting out there and like to hang out together. They were very much in public and nothing inappropriate was happening.”
Alisha’s rep also addressed the incident. “There is no validity to this speculation. They are working on a project together,” read a statement obtained by Us Weekly.