Malaya Rivera Drew was born and raised in a very urban neighborhood in Washington D.C. Her parents, both activist lawyers, sent her to public schools with her two brothers.
She then attended Middlebury College, where she studied English Literature and Theater. After graduating from college, she moved to London and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts for graduate training in classical acting. She left a term early when she was cast in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Distance From Here at London’s Almeida Theater.
She works in television, film and theater. Her name means “free” in Tagalog. She is of mixed English/Native American/Polish and Spanish/Filipino descent.
Drew is married to screenwriter David Kline. They live in Los Angeles.