Ayanna Berkshire is an American actress, best known for her role as Cora in the first of the Twilight Saga films, Twilight. Originally from a remote island chain in Washington State, Ayanna was just three years old when she began performing on stage as a dancer and young actress. Her Father, a singer and songwriter, was a social activist and former Black Panther. Her mother, a Realtor, also runs a small organic farm. Ayanna moved to Paris when she was 18 years old, where she worked as a nanny and photo stylist in the Paris fashion industry. She also attended school, with a study the French language. Ayanna now splits her time between Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, CA, Working in film, television and theater. Ayanna became a Resident Artist of Artist Repertory Theatre (LORT) in 2016.