Is Joy Bryant related to Kobe Bryant? Who is her husband, Dave Pope? Get to the ABC's For Life actress

Caption : Nicholas Pinnock Joy Bryant

People are curious to know if Joy Bryant is related to Kobe Bryant. To everyone who is curious about this, the ABC's For Life and Parenthood actress is NOT related to the late basketball giant. Here's everything to know about Joy Bryant's husband, Dave Pope and her family. 

It's understandable that some people are wondering if Joy Bryant is related to the late Kobe Bryant since they do share the same surname. But the two celebrities are not related to each other in any way other than the fact that they have 'Bryant' as their last name.

There are also queries regarding Dez Bryant and Kobe Bryant. Is Dez Bryant related to Kobe Bryant? Nope. Dez Bryant is the wide receiver who played for Oklahoma State, Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints. The football player has no relation to fellow athlete Kobe Bryant. 

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Who is Joy Bryant's husband, Dave Pope?


ABC For Life actress Joy Bryant is married. She tied the knot with stuntman Dave Pope on June 28, 2008. They had their wedding in the Hamptons. She was engaged to Pope since October 2007, whom she met on the set of Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. 

Joy currently doesn't share any children with her husband, and as a matter of fact, she has no intentions of having children. In a 2018 interview with US Weekly, Joy gave fans a deeper look into her married life with Dave Pope, where she talked about not wanting to have any children. 

Joy revealed the reason behind her decision. “We’re hearing more about women who are childless by choice. The expectations that are put on women in this society are that you’re supposed to look a certain way, you’re supposed to get married, you’re supposed to have a baby. “Who determines these things? Why do they even care? I can decide my reproductive destiny. My mother didn’t have a choice.”

In an emotional essay for Lenny Letter, Joy revealed that she was born after her mother was sexually assaulted.

Joy Bryant opens about long term relationship with husband

Joy Bryant has been married to her husband for a long time now. The ABC For Life cast member revealed to US Weekly in 2018 how the couple have been able to keep their marriage going.

Well, it's simple. Her husband isn't an a-hole to her! She shared that Pope is "loving" and "supportive" and respects her as an equal.

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Joy Bryant plays Marie Wallace on ABC's For Life

Joy Bryant is a main cast member of ABC's legal drama For Life. She was cast to portray Marie Wallace on the show in March 2019. Marie Wallace is the estranged wife of the lead star, Aaron Wallace (played by Nicholas Pinnock).


For Life, co-produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, is based on the life of Issac Wright Jr., who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison. While incarcerated, he became a licensed attorney and helped others to overturn the wrongful convictions.

The cast also includes Indira Varma, Dorian Missick, Tyla Harris, Mary Stuart Masterson, Boris McGiver, Felonious Munk and 50 Cent. The first episode aired on February 11, 2020. Joy Bryant has been receiving much praise for her role in ABC's For Life. But some seem to think that Bryant is related to Kobe Bryant. Stay tuned for more updates on Joy Bryant and husband, Dave Pope.

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