Childhood & Early Life
Seychelle Suzanne Gabriel was born on March 25, 1991, in Burbank, California, US, to Guy and Michelle Gabriel. She is of Mexican and French descent from her father’s side and Italian descent from her mother’s side. Her brother, Dylan DiForte Gabriel, works as a sound engineer.
During her early teens, Seychelle was trained in the guitar, the piano, and vocals. She studied at the ‘Burbank High School’ and graduated in 2009. She was part of the 'In Sync' choir in school. She also attended the ‘London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’ (LAMDA) in 2011.
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Seychelle’s mother’s work involved casting “extras” in different videos and commercials. This saw Seychelle getting associated with the entertainment industry at a tender age. Her first on-screen appearance was as an infant of 3 weeks when she was seen in the arms of Fred Savage in the popular American series ‘The Wonder Years.’ Later, she featured in various print campaigns and advertisements.
In 2007, she appeared in an episode of the highly successful ‘Nickelodeon’ comedy–drama series ‘Zoey 101.’The following year, she featured in the American neo-noir superhero film ‘The Spirit,’ which was both a critical and commercial failure.
In 2009, she played recurring role of ‘Adelita Reyes’ in three episodes of the popular ‘Showtime’ dark comedy–drama TV series ‘Weeds.’ She also appeared on the American late-night talk show ‘The Tonight Show.’
She gained recognition playing ‘Princess Yue’ in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed 2010 American action–adventure–fantasy film ‘The Last Airbender.’ The film was based on the first season of the successful ‘Nickelodeon’ animated TV series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ The movie emerged as a huge commercial success and fetched Seychelle a ‘Young Artist Award’ nomination for the ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film’ (‘Supporting Young Actress’). That year, she was also featured on the list of 55 faces of the future in the ‘Young Hollywood Issue’ published by ‘Nylon.’
She starred as ‘Tina’ in the 2011-released American dance film ‘Honey 2.’ The same year, she played the main role of ‘Lourdes Delgado’ in the Robert Rodat-created American post-apocalyptic science-fiction TV series ‘Falling Skies.’ The series premiered on ‘TNT’ on June 19, 2011, and featured Seychelle in its first four seasons, till 2014.
Meanwhile, an announcement made on March 7, 2011, stated that Seychelle would play the voice role of ‘Asami Sato’ in the American animated series ‘The Legend of Korra.’ Seychelle appeared in 37 episodes of the ‘Nickelodeon’ series, featuring in all four seasons, between 2012 and 2014.
She played the voice role of ‘Dr. Anne Stephens’ in the web miniseries ‘The Living’ in 2012. She featured in four episodes of the ‘ABC’ drama series ‘Revenge’ in 2013. The following year, she appeared as ‘Allison’ in the short science-fiction movie ‘Jabbawockeez: Regenerate.’
The 2014 music video of ‘Standing in This Dream’ by the musical group ‘My Dear’ featured her. She appeared in the starring role of ‘May’ in the ‘Lifetime’ crime-drama film ‘Beautiful & Twisted.’ Based on the 2009 murders of Bernice Novack and Ben Novack Jr, the film premiered on January 31, 2015.
She played the lead role of ‘Holly’ in the hit American science-fiction drama ‘Sleight.’ The film premiered at the ‘Sundance Film Festival’ on January 23, 2016, before releasing in the US on April 28, 2017. In 2017, she also featured in the comedy film ‘The Outdoorsman’ and in three episodes of the ‘Fox’-aired American supernatural drama TV series ‘Sleepy Hollow.’
Her next lead role was that of ‘Sam’ in the American comedy–horror film ‘Blood Fest,’ which had its world premiere at the ‘SXSW Film Festival’ on March 9, 2018. That year, she also lent her voice to an episode of the series ‘Fortune Rookie,’ titled ‘Nemesis.’
The upcoming American science-fiction film ‘Ghost Draft’ (which began filming on September 1, 2019), directed by Chris McKay, will feature Seychelle.