Summer was chosen as the "One to Watch" at the 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in 2008.
She was signed by CED Talent Agency and GEM Entertainment after discovering her through The Best New Talent Awards where she competed.
Summer took her first acting class when she was 14.
Her nicknames are Sum and Summi.
Summer is 5' 3½" (1.61 m) tall.
She is the youngest among three siblings. Summer has an older brother and an older sister.
Summer performed in numerous theatrical productions for the British School in Manama, Bahrain.
Summer is inspired by architecture and by the people who conceptualize and build homes and buildings. She is also fascinated with its aesthetic aspect.
Summer lives in Los Angeles, California. She is single.
She is of Mexican, East Indian, German, and Scottish ancestry.
Bishil was among the young celebrities featured in Vanity Fair's cover article, "Hollywood's New Wave: The Hottest Kids in Hollywood" in August 2008.
Summer played the character Taslima Jahangir in the 2008 film Crossing Over.
Summer: (on what an actor should always do) Try to be honest with themselves. I think that every time you lie to yourself, you shrink and erase a little bit of who you are. It leaves a person vacant, and you can't build a character out of nothing.
Summer: (on playing Jasira in "Towelhead") There were these long notes in the script of how it was supposed to be handled. That character was so complex and I worked on it so much. I didn't identify with her life, but I felt connected to her. I understand her solitude and loneliness and displacement.
Summer: (on leaving the Middle East after 9/11) There were certain things that they didn't want to be around. The school had to close down for a few days after 9/11 for security reasons. There were people there with armed guards. My parents were like, 'It's time to go.'
Summer: I always kind of wanted to act, so when my family moved back, I just pursued it. I went to this fresh-talent show and got my first manager, who got me an agent, and it kind of snowballed from there.
Summer: (in an August 2008 interview) I like doing dramas--it's safe for me because I've done two of them. But I would love to do comedy, too. I would love to go to the set and have a good time and laugh.