Ilyas Adiris TheGuru March 30, 2023


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My name is Ilyas Adiris, also known as Illy. I’m a Somali-Canadian/American actor/producer/filmmaker. Born in the US, I moved to Toronto at a young age and found myself immersed in the stories from my community ever since. My first shot in the film industry was in 2012, with a role in the award-winning film Troop 491: Adventures of the Muddy Lions. Since then, I’ve steadily been building my credits as an actor, working on various projects in Toronto, and working on my own independent films. As the voice of the Teach and Ball brand, my goal is to reach as many kids as possible, as well as helping us get involved with the Jr. NBA/Canada Youth Basketball.

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Favorite quote

“If you hang around the barbershop long enough… sooner or later you’re gonna get a haircut”
-Denzel Washington

My favorite color is blue.

Favorite subject & why?


Science: Doing cool experiments in class was always fun!

Drama: My love for filmmaking & cinema began here. This class allowed me to express myself & have fun with storytelling.

Least favorite subject & why?


I’ve struggled with math my entire life. Even though Math is important… I’m good with the basics for now lol.

What is a unique talent you have?


I would say I’m very creative. When I’m not doing my regular day job, I’m always working on my filmmaking career, and acting as well. 


I am grateful for: I’m grateful for my family, my health, and my faith.
Favorite Foods
  • Chicken Wings
  • Pizza
  • Steak & Lobster
Favorite Movies/TV Shows