Nina Arvesen is an American actress, model, dancer, and businesswoman. Best known for her performances in American soap operas, Arvesen landed her two most prominent acting roles as Cassandra Hall Rawlins on The Young and the Restless and as Angela Cassidy Raymond on the television series Santa Barbara. Arvesen is of Norwegian descent and speaks fluent Norwegian. Arvesen began her career during her teens as an actress, model, and dancer in Norway. After college, she left Norway to pursue her dream of an acting career in the United States of America, where she appeared in several television shows, commercials and movies. After working in various soap operas, her career aspirations shifted to modeling for television commercials, print ads and popular magazines.