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Khiyla Aynne


Khiyla Aynne is a 16-year-old versatile performer and engaging storyteller. Premiering exclusively on Paramount+ in 2025 Khiyla can be seen as series regular ‘Hazel’ in the highly anticipated drama series “Happy Face” opposite Dennis Quaid, Annaleigh Ashford and James Wolk.

Khiyla plays ‘Hazel’, Ben (Wolk) and Melissa’s (Ashford) 15-year-old daughter, a secure and happy girl who thinks her mother is off on a simple business trip. However, when she suspects that something dire is going on, she starts investigating and may start to uncover the shocking circumstances of her mother’s past. The series hails from creator and executive producer Jennifer Cacicio and executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “Happy Face” is inspired by the true-life story of Melissa Moore; the Happy Face podcast from iHeartPodcasts and Moore; and the autobiography Shattered Silence, written by Moore with M. Bridget Cook.

Most recently, Khiyla guest-starred in Apple TV+’s Emmy-nominated sci-fi anthology “Circuit Breakers” as ‘Cassady’, a character grappling with procrastination and time management. Her previous credits include the Netflix feature film adaptation of Broadway’s “13: The Musical” as ‘Charlotte’, UPtv’s “Christmas on The Rocks” where Khiyla took on dual roles as twins ‘Sarah’ and ‘Jennifer’ and as ‘Jenny’ in the Netflix children’s horror-fantasy film “Nightbooks”. She led the Netflix Original series ‘Ponysitters Club” as ‘Trish’ and reprised the role in two spin-off films.

Additional credits include appearances in Netflix’s “Work It”, CBC Gem’s “The Move” and “48 Christmas Wishes”. Khiyla’s onscreen debut came when she performed as a Featured Guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2017. In 2019 she was invited back to the Warner Brother’s Lot as one of Ellen’s Little Helpers for her 12 Days of Giveaways.

One of Khiyla’s most memorable moments was performing with Justin Bieber on his “Purpose World Tour” at the Scotia Bank Arena. She also hosted a Toronto Maple Leaf’s game for a 20,000-strong audience. 

Beyond acting, Khiyla is an avid traveler, passionate about marine biology, plays volleyball at club level, trains her horse Piper (Piper’s Dynasty), studies music and maintains high academic standards. Dedicated to her community she volunteers at The Hospital for Sick Children, The Humane Society and local charity drives.