Ashley Leilani was born on June 13 in Jackson, Mississippi. A few years later, she and her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri.

Growing up, Ashley was a competitive gymnast, which is where she was first exposed to the business. In 2001, a casting director came to her gym and had a casting  call for a national commercial that was looking for a gymnast, and Ashley ended up booking the role.

During high school, Ashley was cheerleader, pole vaulter, and part of many school organizations. After graduating, she moved to Tampa, Florida, for her undergraduate studies. In 2007, she had the opportunity to study abroad in France, and loved every part of it—especially speaking French to all of the natives. She decided the next year to study abroad again, this time in Italy, where she took several classes including Cinema Studies. As part of her class, she got to go to Cinecittà where she got to see the sets of motion pictures like Gangs of New York and Angels & Demons. This sparked Ashley’s interest in the film business. When she returned to school in Tampa, she started studying acting on the side while she finished her Bachelor of Science degree. Ashley graduated from the University of South Florida in 2009 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Shortly after, Ashley started booking roles in several films and was working out of Tampa, Orlando, and Miami. In late 2009, Ashley moved back to St. Louis where she continued to study under Scott Arthur-Allen. In 2012, she moved to Los Angeles where she now works in television, film, and commercials.