An attractive, rising African-American star of film and TV, Elise Neal first garnered attention with roles in four films released in 1997, including playing a teenager whose family takes in a mysterious border in John Singleton's "Rosewood," Chris Tucker's pregnant girlfriend in "Money Talks" and as Neve Campbell's college roommate in "Scream 2. " Born and raised in Tennessee, Neal originally hoped for a career as a dancer and spent one year studying in Philadelphia after high school. Relocating to Manhattan, she made her Broadway debut in the short-lived, all-black revival of the Gershwin musical "Oh, Kay!" in 1990 and supported herself doing commercials. Branching into acting, Neal appeared in an episode of "Law & Order" and landed a recurring role of a street-smart teen on the ABC soap opera "Loving" in 1994. A memorable turn as a young breast cancer patient on "Chicago Hope" led to the regular role of Lt. J.J. Fredricks on the NBC sci-fi series "seaQuest DSV" during the 1995-96 season. Following her banner year, the actress appeared as a waitress and singer who begins an interracial romance with a bartender in the acclaimed independent film "Restaurant" (1998). After establishing herself in features, Neal returned to the small screen to play the exasperated wife of a successful suburbanite in "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000; UPN, 2000- ).