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Deja was practically born to be a performer. The daughter of Norman Howell, a well-established stunt man/coordinator/director and stunt double for Kevin Costner, Deja traveled from location to location growing up, so it’s no wonder that she thinks of a movie set as “home.” As a little girl, Deja fell in love with the idea of performing. It would be the film “Dances with Wolves” where Deja would get her first taste of performing. She continued to participate in the ‘family business’ throughout her adolescence, but soon realized that stunts were not enough, as the life of an actress brought conflicted emotions. Having grown up on movie sets, she understands the life of an actor can be isolating, unfulfilling and unpredictable at times. With a longing to touch people’s lives through performing, it makes sense that Deja has branched out into other areas of creativity, such as music.

Deja not only sings, but she also plays acoustic guitar and piano. Her style is influenced by some of her favorite artists, including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr., Billie Holiday, and Led Zeppelin. Deja’s debut album, Through the Half-Dark, was recently released. 
She can currently be seen in numerous television shows including Desperate Housewives, CSI: NY, and most recently on Southland, as well as modeling for high-fashion names like Vogue and Tarina Tarantino. Her father, Norman Howell, is also a well-established stunt man/coordinator/director and a stunt man to Kevin Costner; so celebrities, movie sets and trailers are second nature to Deja.
She stops by on Monday, June 24, at 7pm EST.