She currently appears on CBS’ Young and the Restless as Ana Hamilton, a recurring character who plays opposite America’s Next Top Model cycle 3 winner Eva Pigford. For Jamia Simone Nash, whose passion is singing and acting, being just a child actress is not good enough.

Just yesterday, the 12-year-old star sang God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch of the MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers.  Soap Opera Digest recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the young star. Read below as Jamia tells us a little bit about what it is to be “Young and Restless.”

Soap Opera Digest: How are you liking Y&R?
Jamia Simone Nash: I’m loving every minute of it. It’s very fun to be the only kid there.

Digest: How did you get the job?
Nash: Miss Maria Bell, the head writer, called me directly. She called me after seeing me perform.

Digest: Do you like acting or singing better?
Nash: I actually like them both because they’re both so different. I can’t choose just one of them! I’m going to continue to do both as I get older.

Digest: After doing movies, was it harder or easier doing a soap?
Nash: It was easier because I’m fresh in the morning [laughs].


Jamia and Eva Marcille, her on-screen mom

Digest: Do you hang out outside of work with your co-stars, like Kristoff [St. John, Neil] or Eva [Marcille, Tyra]?
Nash: Not really, because I’m younger and I don’t spend time a lot of time with adults other than my family outside of work. I think they’re so nice, though, and I appreciate everyone’s love and support.

Digest: Are you and Ana anything alike?
Nash: Not at all! We have absolutely nothing in common. I have two parents. My mom is not on drugs and my character’s experienced all this stuff I’ve never experienced. The stuff Ana is going through I haven’t really been through.

Digest: Were you nervous when you sang at the Academy Awards?
Nash: No, I wasn’t nervous at all. I was really surprised when they turned the lights on. It looked really huge when it was dark, but when they turned the lights on, there was this whole crowd there. It was really great.

Digest: Do you go to school or are you tutored on the set?
Nash: I do go to school, but when I’m working there’s a tutor there.

Digest: Do the kids at school watch you on TV or in the movies?
Nash: Yes, but they don’t make a great, big deal about it. That’s what I love about it. They’re like, “Oh, we’re so proud of you; keep up the good work,” but then they don’t talk about it anymore. Then I can focus on everything else without having people bombard me about my career.

Digest: What do you like to do for fun besides acting and singing?
Nash: I like hanging out with my sister at the mall and with my friends. I also like going for drives with my family, through mountains and canyons and stuff. I like to go around the world and travel to different places.

Digest: Where have you traveled to?
Nash: I traveled to Georgia, which is where I’m originally from. I went to Nebraska and also Chicago. That was fun because we visited our old pastor there. I don’t even remember all the places because there were so many! But I’ve always wanted to go outside of the country, like to Brazil and Argentina and Italy. My dad used to live in Sicily so that would be fun to visit.

Source; Splashnews

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  1. Jamia is my friend I knew her since we were in kindergarden and we use to look in the mirror and sing into our brush and her mom said we would be famouse and look at us now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Wait is she the one who played Franklin’s little sister on my wife and kids??? If she is, look at how much she has grown, wow!

  3. awww she’s such a cutie pie. I remember her bein on the apollo how many years ago singin alicia keyes fallin. Oh how time flies…seems like forever ago. I knew she’d make it big. Such a special girl. Wish her all the success

  4. I can still remember when she competed on The Apollo and blew the house down, she was only 3yrs old. Jamia is not only talented but beautiful as well.

  5. She is a sweetie and a cutie pie….I fell in love with her when I saw her singing on the Academy Awards.

    I knew I would see her again one day…now she’s on my favorite soap opera…Y&R!

  6. When I saw the first picture, I thought it was a photo of a young Jennifer Hudson. She doesn’t look a lot like her, but she reminds me of her in the pic that’s on the homepage.

  7. Do it take comments awhile to show up there? If so, sorry for the double post.

    No Jamia Nash is not Kortney Nash’s sister. They are no relation at all actually. I also saw someone mention that Kortney is Niecy Nash’s daughter, she’s not. :)

  8. She’s so cute! I love the way she said “Miss” Maria Bell, putting a handle on an adult’s name. I’m 31 and I still do that to my elders until they tell me otherwise. Can’t put that Southern upbringing down, I guess!

  9. No Jamia Nash is not Kortney Nash’s sister. They are no relation at all actually. I also saw someone mention that Kortney is Niecy Nash’s daughter, she’s not. :)

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