Tasha Smith is Tinseltown’s it girl!

When she’s not playing her over-the-top character, Angela, in Tyler Perry’s hit TV show, For Better or Worse, she’s shooting movies like Jumping the Broom — proving Smith is one of Hollywood’s busiest ladies.

Most recently, Smith made an appearance at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon honoring her fellow actresses, and said, “When you think about Hollywood and the need for African-American women, there is a need for all shapes, all colors, all sizes. We can’t have one type of woman to represent when there are so many different kinds of us in humanity.”

It’s Smith’s dedication to her craft and acting that makes her a model example in Hollywood. When she’s not filming, Smith is teaching the newest crop of actors how to be stellar at her Los Angeles acting school or she’s mentoring young starlets like singer turned actor, Brandy.

Today, as this promising actress and teacher turns 41, we invite you to celebrate her success and to celebrate her shining star.

Happy Birthday, Tasha Smith!