• Tristin Mays is an American actress born in New Orleans, Louisiana
• She began her career as a child in the TV series “Gullah Gullah Island”
• She rose to prominence for her role as Riley Davis in the reboot of the TV action series “MacGyver”
• She is also a talented musician, being part of the R&B group Jane 3
• She has an estimated net worth of over $400,000 and is active on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter

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FactGrew up in Staten Island, NY.

Who is actress Tristin Mays from “Gullah Gullah Island”?

Tristin Mays was born on the 10th June 1990, in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, and is an actress, best known to the world as child Shaina in the TV series “Gullah, Gullah Island” (1997), and as Riley Davis in the reboot of the TV action series “MacGyver” (2016-2018), among many other differing roles she had secured since the start of her career.

Early Life, Family, and Education

Tristin is the youngest child born to Michael Mays and his wife Viveca; she has an older brother Jeryn, who like his sister is also an actor. She grew up in her hometown, but matriculated from Vista del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, California, to where she and her family moved when she was 13 years old.

Career Beginnings

She broke into the entertainment world as a cute child signed with the Ford Modeling Agency, which soon got her commercial gigs with Kraft Cheese, Play Skool-Aid, ROSS, McDonald’s, and Sunkist, among others, and her first acting role was as Angel in the television film “Harambee!”, starring Howard E. Rollins Jr., Carlton Beener and Novella Nelson. The following year she replaced Shaina M. Freeman in the children show “Gullah Gullah Island”, and later that year played Nala in “The Lion King” on Broadway, which was a tremendous accomplishment for a young girl. She continued her career by appearing as Fan in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, and was subsequently cast as Robin Dixon in the TV mystery-drama series “Alias”, which was her breakout role, though she appeared only in three episodes.

Rise to Prominence

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Focused on her education throughout the 2000s, Tristin wasn’t in search for new roles, but then in 2009 was chosen for the part of Taylor Bell in the TV drama series “Private”, and in 2011 started portraying Alicia in the TV comedy series “Fail” (2011-2012), in which her brother Jeryn also appeared. Since then, Tristin has featured in the comedy fantasy film “Thunderstruck” (2012), starring professional basketball player Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray and Jim Belushi, then starred in the comedy-drama “She Is Not My Sister” (2012), together with Lana Giacose and Kel Mitchell, while in 2015 she featured in the comedy film “The Wedding Ringer”, starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco. The same year she was selected for the part of Sarah Nelson in the critically-acclaimed TV fantasy-drama series “The Vampire Diaries” (2015-2016), and in 2016 portrayed the lead character in the horror thriller film “Happy Birthday”. Later that year Tristin was chosen for the female lead, Riley Davis, in the TV action-drama series “MacGyver”, co-starring Lucas Till and George Eads, appearing in all 44 episodes together with major stars, which made her extremely popular and extremely rich, since she receives around $70,000 per episode.

A Talented Musician

Over the years, Tristin developed and showcased her musical talents, as she was in an R&B group – Jane 3 – alongside Jerika Scott and Earanequa Carter. The trio collaborated with such musicians as T-Pain and Marques Houston, and some of their songs can be found on YouTube, including their hit “Screensaver”, among others.

A Successful Businesswoman

Aside from acting, Tristin has also developed a nose for business, as she has started a rather successful retail company – Trizzio – located in Riverside, California, which sells jewelry, accessories, clothing and handbags, and which has also contributed to her net worth.

Tristin Mays Net Worth

Starting as a child, Tristin remained true to her calling and honed her skills into adult life; so far, she has appeared in more than 20 films and series, which increased her net worth to a large degree. So, have you ever wondered how rich Tristin Mays is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Mays’ net worth is as high as $400,000. Some of the most successful projects in which she has appeared include “The Wedding Ringer”, which grossed over $80 million, and of course “MacGywer”.

Life Behind the Scene

Unfortunately, Tristin is one of those celebrities that tend to keep their most intimate details hidden from the public eye. Nevertheless, the media discovered a couple of details from her life outside her career, including her relationship status – according to reports, Tristin is still single.

Internet Popularity

Tristin’s modeling career continued into adulthood and with the expansion of social media network, including Instagram, she has become a model. Her Instagram feed is full of pictures of her as she takes on daily activities, but also of modeling gigs. She has more than 250,000 followers on her official Instagram account and if you aren’t already one of them, then this is a great chance to become one of her fans. She is also active on Twitter, on which she has more than 120,000 followers, with whom she has shares details of her personal and professional life.

General Info

Full NameTristin Mays
Height1.64 m
ProfessionActor, Singer


SiblingsJeryn Mays


MoviesThe Wedding Ringer, Thunderstruck, Hot Dog Water, Kelly Brook's Cameltoe Shows, House Party: Tonight's the Night, Night of the Wild

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1A video game fanatic.
2Tristin Mays began the #INtheDOJO phenomenon.
3Has a miniature Pinscher named "Roscoe", after the Doberman Pinscher in the cartoon movie "Oliver & Company".
4Grew up in Staten Island, NY.




Big Time Rush2010TV SeriesStephanie King
True Jackson, VP2010TV SeriesHailey
Private2009TV SeriesTaylor Bell
Everybody Hates Chris2008TV SeriesJenise Huckstable
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide2006TV SeriesBernice
Alias2001-2004TV SeriesRobin Dixon
Gullah, Gullah Island1997TV SeriesShaina
Harambee!1996TV MovieAngel
MacGyver2016-2017TV SeriesRiley Davis
The Vampire Diaries2015-2016TV SeriesSarah Nelson
Happy Birthday2016/VIJanie
Supergirl2015-2016TV SeriesPaulina
Night of the Wild2015TV MovieRosalyn
The Wedding Ringer2015Cute Bridesmaid
House Party: Tonight's the Night2013VideoAutumn Rose
She Is Not My Sister2012Megan
The Newsroom2012TV SeriesKaraoke Girl
Fail2011-2012TV SeriesAlicia
Zeke and Luther2010-2011TV SeriesMonica Lopez
Kickin' It2011TV SeriesVanessa / M.C.
Victorious2011TV SeriesSherry
Hot Dog Water2011ShortGirlfriend
Kelly Brook's Cameltoe Shows2010Short

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Like She Can2014Short first assistant director


Like She Can2014Short associate producer


Our VoiceDocumentary filmingHerself

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Victorious2011TV SeriesSherry

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