Melanie Kannokada

Melanie Kannokada is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles on series including "Rules of Engagement," "Parenthood," and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

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Melanie Kannokada is not your typical actress and model in that she comes from a background that is completely unrelated. Born to Indian parents in the suburban town of Park Ridge, Illinois, she spent her youth with a drive and aspirations not found in many children her age. To obtain a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate which she went on to become a two-time bronze medalist in at the Pan American games would be impressive enough, but this was but one of many accomplishments to accompany her skills as a pianist and captain of her high school varsity cheerleading squad. This was all before attending college at Stanford University, mind you.

 

Melanie earned her degree at Stanford in Mechanical Engineering, which would help land her a job as a business analyst at the consulting firm McKinsey and Company. But it was likely not just her degree alone which won her the position, as during her time in college, she also served as acting student body president for a year, was accepted into the Mayfield Fellows program, and was even a member of the Cardinal cheerleading squad. Even with all this going on, she still managed to help co-found the Hospital for Hope India project with fellow classmates as well as won the title of Miss India America in 2007.

 

Alas, even with all of her successes, Melanie realized that all that she had accomplished had been for others, and that she had never pursued her true passion of acting and modeling. After two years at McKinsey and Company, she did just that, landing numerous commercials and print campaigns for brands including Bare Minerals, Bud Light, and Head & Shoulders while also being featured in magazines like Vogue India, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan.

 

Melanie's acting credits continue to grow, as well. After playing substantial guest roles on series such as "Rules of Engagement," "Parenthood," and "NCIS: Los Angeles," she eventually worked her way to not one, but two series regular roles on the series "The Brink" and "Brown Nation" by 2016.

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