As noted previously, Chris had two siblings on “Everybody Hates Chris,” and his youngest was his sister, Tonya, brought to life by then 12-year-old Imani Hakim. The show gave her a start in the acting business, but she was anything but unprepared for the spotlight. At only seven years old, she started studying acting at Cleveland, Ohio’s Karamu House Theater and took her education to both Alexander’s Workshop School in Lakewood, California as well as The Young Actor’s Space in Burbank years later.
During her “Everybody Hates Chris” tenure, Hakim scored small parts on television programs like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and feature films including “Reign Over Me,” finally getting her foot in the door. However, once “Everybody Hates Chris” wrapped up, she had the chance to explore her on-screen potential more so than she ever had before. She stopped by Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” for a spell, portrayed the titular Olympic gold medalist in the made-for-TV movie “The Gabby Douglas Story,” and even took the part of Gabrielle for “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.”
At the time of publication, Hakim’s current gig is on Apple TV+, where she plays Dana on the comedy series “Mythic Quest.”