In the summer of the 2006, Touchstone Pictures decided to capitalize on the growing popularity of the dance crew movement. Dance crews, which typically involve groups of friends facing off against one another in elaborately choreographed dance battles, had begun to be promoted in mainstream media through movies like “You Got Served” and competition shows, such as “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “So You Think You Can Dance?”. Touchstone released “Step Up”, a film centered around the interactions between the worlds of street dance and classical dance (It also brought future husband and wife, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, together).
The enormous success of “Step Up” (It made over $110 million at the box office on just a $12 million budget) all but guaranteed a sequel. That sequel, “Step Up 2: The Streets” was the first big role for actress and dancer Briana Evigan. If her last name sounds familiar, it should. She is the youngest daughter of Greg Evigan, a popular actor from the 80’s and 90’s, known for such television series as “My Two Dads” and “TekWar”.
Born in 1986, this L.A. girl had been immersed in dancing since she was 9 years old, no doubt inspired by her mother, who was also a dancer. Her love of dancing eventually landed her roles in music videos for artists such as T-Pain, Linkin Park and Flo-Rida. This was a prelude to her natural first real acting gig as Andie West in the “Step Up” series.
While not well received among film critics (achieving just a 25% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, the original “Step Up” only scored 19%), it was another box office smash, raking in over $150 million at the box office, on just a $23 million budget. The movie also launched rapper Flo-Rida into super-stardom with his song from the soundtrack, “Low” (which included a music video starring Briana).
Briana’s success in “Step Up 2: The Streets” got her numerous other acting roles. Alas, most of them were in the teen horror film genre, in which so many young stars get pigeon-holed. So, she hasn’t had a chance to really build upon that initial success. However, to obtain inspiration, 2014 is showing Briana returning to her roots by reprising her role as Andie in the upcoming “Step Up: All In” film.
In addition to acting and dancing, Briana is also heavily involved in charitable organizations. She has been working with JVB Project Asia in recent months, tweeting photos from overseas of her experiences with that group. She also promotes the Somaly Mam Foundation on her official website. Somaly Mam is dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern slavery.
The spunky Evigan is also a huge fan of tattoos. One of her earliest tattoos is a set of three dots just below on the wrist on her left forearm. She got them with Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and their friend, Samantha, to represent their friendship.
Briana’s most prominent tattoo sits along her torso on the right side of her rib cage. It is three script words that read “Butterfly, Protector, Strength”. These represent her and her siblings, Vanessa Lee and Jason. Each word is the meaning of one another’s name. Butterfly is the meaning of Vanessa; Protector is the meaning of Jason; and Strength is the meaning of Briana.
You can find out more about Briana on her official website: http://www.brianaeviganonline.net/
You can follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/brianaevigan_2