Daya was raised in Oakland, California from the age of 2. She is a diverse mix of South Asian, Latin, Italian and North African. Because of her background, skill with accents, comedy and language, Daya has the chops to completely transform and immerse herself in a role. Performing has always been in her blood. At the age of 3, she began dancing under the tutelage of Oakland Ballet’s artistic director Ron Guidi and by the age of 11, she was performing with the prestigious Bay Area Youth Theater. After graduating from high school, Daya attended U.C.L.A, where she majored in Theater and minored in Dance. She has starred in many regional theater productions, including the west coast premiere of Jose Rivera’s, “Marisol,” where she played the title role.
Daya took a sabbatical from college and danced on scholarship with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Although she loved to dance, Daya wanted to finish pursuing her degree. She returned to Los Angeles and completed her studies at U.C.L.A, earning a BFA in Theater. Since graduating, Daya has spent her time between New York and L.A., appearing in dozens of commercials, television shows and films; including the CBS hit, “Unforgettable,” where she starred as the savvy, street smart Nina Inara. Daya is a member of the Los Angeles based theater company – Theatre Tribe and continues refining her craft with award winning director and acting coach, Stuart Rogers.
Daya just finished her 5th season, recurring as political shark, Jen Kowski, on Amazon’s hit procedural thriller, “Bosch.” She met her husband, Don Wallace, on the set of the award winning, indie film “Blue,” which he wrote, they starred in together and he produced. They have 3 children together and reside in Los Angeles.