Antoinette Kalaj was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, the eldest of four children to Albanian immigrant parents. At 11 years old, her dad's construction business moved the family to Detroit, Michigan, where she first discovered her passion for performing. She was classically trained in Opera, and also has a strong passion for music.
Antoinette began modeling as a teen before starting college in the studies of law and medicine. She landed her first modeling campaign at the age of 17 for "The Limited" Clothing brand and numerous campaigns followed. With her love of acting, and performing tugging at her heartstrings, Kalaj soon traded higher education in favor of pursuing her dreams of becoming an actress.
She quickly booked her first acting role in Los Angeles for the hit CW show, "Gossip Girl" as a co-star alongside Elizabeth Hurley, Chace Crawford and Blake Lively. Kalaj would later portray an Unnamed Mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also performing her own stunts.