Gillian Iliana Waters - Updated Feb 2024

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Gillian Iliana Waters

Gillian Iliana Waters is a prominent American actress. Gillian Iliana Waters is also popular as the wife of popular American actor and martial artist – Michael Jai White.

Early Life and Childhood

Gillian Iliana Waters was born on January 16, 1975, and she is currently 47 years old. She hails from Los Angeles, California, and her zodiac sign is Capricorn. Talking about her family, her parents are her father Victor, and her mother Cheryl Waters. She grew up in Altadena, California. Moreover, she has African-American, Blackfoot Indian, and Irish ancestry. Likewise, she has two siblings namely sister Heather Linden Kodama and brother Lamar A. Waters.

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Caption: Gillian Iliana Waters posing for a photo in a childhood photograph. Source: Instagram


Further, talking about her educational journey, she was an all-around student-athlete. She was also a star basketball player, Homecoming Queen, as well as an honors student in high school.

Later on, she attended Howard University as an honors student. Initially, she wanted to be an FBI agent. She hoped to receive a scholarship from the LAPD to attend this university and study the Administration of Justice. However, she changed her major to Human Communication focusing on Intra/Interpersonal Relations and minored in Dramatic Arts.

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Caption: Gillian Iliana Waters was a student-athlete at high school. Source: Instagram

Career and Professional Life

Professionally, Gillian Iliana Waters is a prominent actress. She had her first break into acting as the titular character in LL Cool J’s video Hey Lover. For this, she also worked alongside Boyz II Men. Likewise, she also appeared as the wife and tango partner of Dr. Dre in his music video Been There, Done That.

Furthermore, she has also appeared in small parts of many popular films like Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, Jackie Brown, and Bamboozled. Similarly, she has also guest-starred on various TV series including Days of Our Lives, Martin, Arli$$, The Wayans Bros, My Wife and Kids, and Ghost Whisperer.

Additionally, she starred as the temptress Amazon warrior, Amoria, in the syndicated show Xena: Warrior Princess. She might as well be best recognized for her recurring role on the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives and as Amoria on Xena: Warrior Princess.

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Caption: Gillian Iliana Waters posing for a photo with her husband. Source: Instagram

More Details

Further, the popular actress has also guest-starred on the popular TV show called Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat and on the big screen as the female lead in Sony Productions action film Never Back Down 3. For the latter, she worked alongside her husband Michael Jai White.

Similarly, she is also seen as the recurring character of US Press Secretary, Diane Wilmont on Tyler Perry’s The Oval, The Young and The Restless. In this project, she appears as Councilwoman Tammy Diamond and she also guest-stars Tanya on the hit ABC series Black-ish.

We can also find her in the Netflix Universal Pictures action film Welcome To Sudden Death. In this project, she plays the role of a kick-ass, deadly terrorist. Then in Spring 2021, she will be showcased in her first lead role in the action thriller Take Back. This film also stars popular actors including Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, and James Russo among others.

Relationship Status

Gillian Iliana Waters is a married woman. Her husband is Michael Jai White. The lovers share two daughters namely Alaia and Nahla. Michael is a prominent American actor and martial artist. Her husband was one of the first African Americans to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture. It was with his role as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn.

She and Michael tied the knot on 3 July 2015. The lovers had an intimate but extravagant ceremony in Thailand. Their wedding was a hybrid ceremony. It followed traditional Thai as well as western rituals. Moreover, the Buddhist monk and martial arts star Tony Jaa officiated the ceremony. Around 50 guests including film producer, Michael Selby, and his wife attended the ceremony.

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Caption: Gillian Iliana Waters posing for a Christmas photo with her husband and children. Source: Instagram

Before Marriage

Previously, Michael announced his engagement to her in February 2014. Furthermore, Michael penned an open letter via Facebook entitled “Apologies to My Ex.” It was back in April 2015 and in this letter, Michael credited her for helping him become, “the very best version of myself.”

Talking about her husband’s previous relationships, Michael was married to Courtney Chatham from the year 2005 to 2011. The duo shares a daughter namely Morgan.

In the year 2014, her husband was honored with the Fists of Legends Decade Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo at HBO. Then on 8 November 2019, her husband assumed “The Mantle of The Black Dragon” from Ron van Clief, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, and Taimak, in a ceremony at the 2019 Urban Action Showcase & Expo at AMC 25, NYC.

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Caption: Gillian Iliana Waters captured boxing together with her husband, Michael Jai White. Source: Twitter

Gillian Iliana Waters – Body Measurements

Gillian stands tall at an approximate height of 5 feet 7 inches. Other than this, there is no further information regarding her other body measurement details including her chest-waist-hip measures, dress size, shoe size, etc. Likewise, she has mesmerizing dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.

Gillian Iliana Waters – Social Media

Talking about her social media presence, she is available on Instagram under the username @iamgillianwhite. While writing this biography, the actress has shared exactly 1,964 posts and earned more than 90.8k followers on her account. She also joined Twitter in June 2010 and so far has over 4.7k followers on her @gillianiliana account.