Ava Michelle | Biography 2021
Ava Michelle | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Ava Michelle
  • Occupation Dancer, Actor, Model
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Michigan, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday Apr 10, 2002
  • Age 19 Years, 2 Months
Cast of 'Tall Girl'

Ava Michelle | Biography 2021

Ava Michelle's first breakthrough role came in 2019, playing the lead character Jodi Kreyman in the Netflix film 'Tall Girl.' The story follows a high school student who is taller than her peers and is often mocked because of her height. When the tallest girl in high school falls in love with a handsome foreign exchange student, she finds herself in a surprising love triangle. She started filming the sequel to the Netflix comedy film 'Tall Girl' in 2021.


Quick Information
  • Full Name Ava Michelle
  • Occupation Dancer, Actor, Model
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Michigan, USA
  • Birth Date Apr 10, 2002
  • Age 19 Years, 2 Months

Ava Michelle Cota is an American actress, model, and dancer best known for her portrayal as Jodi Kreyman in the Netflix comedy movie Tall Girl.

Who is Ava Michelle?

Ava Michelle Cota is an actress, dancer, singer, and model who has had extensive training in contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, and tap. 

She was a regular on Dance Moms from seasons three to seven from 2014 to 2018 and a member of the Select Ensemble team for a brief period in season four.

In 2016, Michelle also appeared on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, after where she discussed the impact of social media, bullying, and her struggles. 

Standing at 6 foot 1 and a half inches tall, Michelle is well known for her height. She made her runway debut for New York Fashion Week in 2017, and since then, she has participated in many runways for some of the country's most prestigious designers. 

The Netflix star encourages people to embrace their differences and is dedicated to using her stardom to raise consciousness about self-love and reduce the focus on bullies. She also started a social media campaign labeled #13Reasons4Me in 2018 to inspire people to write 13 things they like about themselves or their lives.

Early Life 

Ava Michelle Cota, also known as Michelle, was born on April 10, 2002, in Fenton, Michigan, USA, to Rick and Jeanette Cota. She was raised in Linden, Michigan, with her older brother Devon Cota. Her mother, Jeanette, passed away on February 7, 2021. 

Michelle started dancing when she was two years old and soon transferred to JC's Broadway Dance Academy at 3, owned and managed by her mother, Jeanette. The Academy was permanently closed down in 2017.

Michelle was homeschooled after the age of eight. She graduated from high school two years early, making her a member of the 2018 class.

Career 

Michelle began her career in the entertainment industry as a dancer and model. 

Dancing Career

After attending JC's Broadway Dance Academy, Michelle became a guest dancer with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). She later auditioned with ALDC for season 3 of the popular dance reality show Dance Moms in 2011 and regularly featured on the show for another four years.

In Season 4, she was welcomed back to the ALDC as a part of the Junior Select Ensemble, intending to challenge her competitor Kendall K Vertes. Between the fifth and seventh seasons, she also competed as a Candy Apple's Dance Center member. 

Unfortunately, ALDC's founder Miller cut her from the team because of her height. However, other judges - Jason Derulo, Paula Abdul, and Nigel Lythgoe was against the idea and gave her a ticket to the next round of auditions that took place at "The Academy," to audition for the So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD): The Next Generation.  

She appeared in the first episode of SYTYCD: The Next Generation, in 2016 but couldn't compete past the academy stage. After her performance in the SYTYCD, she discussed about the struggles, bullying, and the challenging moments during her time in Dance Moms.

In 2018, the dancer also toured the United States with other stars from Dance Moms. 

Acting 

Michelle started her acting career with the 2018-movie This is Me. The same year, she also appeared on two episodes of the hit soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful as a Forrester model. 

She featured in a few more movies in 2018, including Mamma Mia!, and A Christmas Dinner.

'Tall Girl'

The emerging actress's first significant acting role was as the lead character Jodi Kreyman in the Netflix film Tall Girl, which premiered on September 13, 2019.

The Netflix original follows a high school student who is taller than her peers and is often mocked because of her height. However, when a new guy arrives at her school, Jodi believes they're a perfect match because he's also tall. 

When the tallest girl in high school falls in love with a handsome foreign exchange student, she finds herself in a surprising love triangle.

In April 2021, she started filming the sequel to the Netflix comedy film Tall Girl directed by Nzingha Stewart and screenplay by Sam Wolfson. 

Other Works

Michelle made her runway debut in 2017 during New York Fashion Week and has appeared in many high-end fashion shows since then.

The actress has a self-titled YouTube channel with over 140,000 subscribers as of May 23, 2021, where she posts fashion videos, vlogs, and other videos.

She is also the founder of her clothing line called AVA X JMS with designer Jonathan Marc Stein. The actress told PopCulture that she used the negative aspects of her reality show experience to fuel her body-positive, anti-bullying social media campaign, dance career, modeling experience, new Extended Play, and AVA X JMS apparel line. 

"Honestly, I don't think I would be even close to the person I am without that experience. It has made me, for one, such a strong person. Because now I can literally take anything, anyone yelling at me. Growing up and just going to dance competitions is nerve-wracking, but then I had the extra pressure of having cameras in front of me and having Abby Lee Miller sitting in the audience and then knowing that there were millions of people watching me. It helped with so much of my dancing; just learning and picking up choreography or learning how to perform under an immense amount of pressure. It really did help me. But also, grow and not take everything that someone says and learn how to come out of that a stronger person. It really taught me how to do that at a very young age," said Michelle in an interview with the Popculture.

Social Media Campaign - #13Reasons4Me

Inspired by the Netflix series and book 13 Reasons Why, Michelle started a social media campaign labeled #13Reasons4Me in 2018 to encourage people to write 13 things they like about themselves or their lives.

She initially began the campaign through her official YouTube channel to combat negativity spread online.

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