Madam Sec­re­tary

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Play­ing high-strung press co-or­di­na­tor Daisy Grant on po­lit­i­cal drama Madam Sec­re­tary (2014-cur­rent) isn’t all that much of a stretch for Patina Miller. Like her multi-tal­ented TV char­ac­ter, the 31-year-old is a triple threat in re­al­ity: she sings, acts and dances.

Patina has been ob­sessed with 1

Whoopi Gold­berg’s 1992 com­edy movie Sis­ter Act since she saw it at 14. And at 26, she was cast in the Broad­way ver­sion, play­ing Whoopi’s trou­ble­maker char­ac­ter Deloris Van Cartier! “If some­body said I’d be star­ring on Broad­way in the mu­si­cal Sis­ter Act, I’d have said it’s a lit­tle far-fetched. That’ll never hap­pen. But here I am,” she re­vealed.

She likes con­tem­po­rary danc­ing 2

and even did trapeze stunts for her role in Broad­way’s Pip­pin (2012-2013), but you’ll have to twist Patina’s arm to do bal­let. “I’m pretty ac­tive at all times,” she adds. “I love a chal­lenge, but I don’t nec­es­sar­ily love bal­let.”

Patina grad­u­ated from Carnegie 3

Mel­lon Univer­sity in South Carolina with a de­gree in mu­si­cal theatre in 2006, on a full schol­ar­ship. It didn’t take her long to get hired – she was cast as re­al­ity TV pro­ducer Pam Hen­der­son in soapie All My Chil­dren (1970-2011) just a year after mov­ing to New York in 2007.

Fans of The Hunger Games movies 4

(2012-2015) know her as Com­man­der Pay­lor in Mock­ing­jay parts 1 and 2 (2014 and 2015) and she loved the process, say­ing that “it’s been re­ally nice to work on such huge films”.

She man­aged to suc­cess­fully jug­gle 5

work and a so­cial life… with the help of tech­nol­ogy. She used dat­ing site eHar­mony.com and got hitched to ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist David Mars in 2014 after four years of dat­ing.

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