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FSU Alum Mekia Cox Continues Success on Screen

Published September 27, 2016

Article Courtesy of FSU News

“Where Did You Come From? Where Did You Go?” highlights the success of Florida State alumni. The goal is to show college students that they are not alone in what they’re going through and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This week, we catch up with actress Mekia Cox (class of ’03).

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Mekia Cox is an actress, singer and dancer. Since her first solo song and dance at the age of two she knew she wanted to entertain. She trained in dance for five years in her native U.S. Virgin Islands before moving to Orlando, Florida, when she was seven, and with the rising popularity of Disney World and Nickelodeon Studios, the timing and location couldn’t have been more perfect. In 1989, she was asked to participate in the Christmas Spectacular Show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and her early credits includeMy Brother and Me, Kenan and Kel and All That.

She graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 1999 and attended FSU after being accepted into the Musical Theater Program. During her time as a ‘Nole, she spent most of her time rehearsing and auditioning within the major. She was a part of a now defunct dance troupe called Phlava, which performed regularly at Market Wednesdays. During her summers she performed shows with summer stock theatres. It was through these and her time at Florida State when she made connections that are an integral part of her life to this day. Some of her classmates such as Mike and Tiffany Evariste and Detra Hick became business partners when Cox launched her two production companies, Little Man Productions and Broadway Beyond Productions.

After Mekia Cox graduated in 2003, she toured the nation for two years in the musicals, Fame and Smokey Joe’s Café. After the tours she landed her first television role in One Tree Hill where she played Faith Banks. She later moved to Los Angeles and picked up numerous guest roles in hit shows such as CSI: NY, Bones, Modern Family, 90210, and Key and Peele. She’s also made appearances on the big screen in the movies Crazy, Stupid, Love and Battlefield America. In 2009, she was chosen to be one of two lead female dancers on Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour.

This fall she is taking the lead in two major network dramas, Secrets and Lies on ABC and Chicago Med on NBC. Season 2 of Secrets and Lies premieres this Sunday, Sept. 25., and Cox plays the role of Amanda Warner, the attorney, starring alongside Juliette Lewis, Charlie Barnett Kenny Johnson, Terry O’Quinn and Jordana Brewster. OnChicago Med—also on its second season and premiered this Thursday—Cox plays the daughter of Dr. Robin Charles (played by Oliver Platt), who has followed her father into the medical profession.

Read the full article at FSU News.