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Dania Ramirez in 2017
Dania Jissel Ramírez

(1979-11-08) November 8, 1979 (age 39)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Years active1997–present
Bev Land(m. 2013)

Dania Jissel Ramirez (born November 8, 1979) [1] is a Dominican-American television and film actress. Her credits include the roles of Maya Herrera in Heroes , Alex in Entourage , and Blanca during the last season of The Sopranos on television. Her film roles include Alex Guerrero in She Hate Me and Callisto in the feature film X-Men: The Last Stand . She portrayed Rosie Falta on Lifetime's Devious Maids from June 2013 until its cancellation in 2016. In July 2017, Ramirez joined the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time for its softly-rebooted seventh season in a starring role as Cinderella. [2]

Maya Herrera fictional character on the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes

Maya Herrera is a fictional character in the NBC drama Heroes, portrayed by Dania Ramirez. Her first on-screen appearance was in the episode "Four Months Later...", though the character was featured earlier in the graphic novel "Maya y Alejandro".

Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the stories of ordinary people who discover that they had superhuman abilities, and how these abilities take effect in the characters' lives as they work together to prevent catastrophic futures. The series emulates the aesthetic style and storytelling of American comic books, using multi-episode story arcs that build upon a larger, more encompassing narrative. The series was produced by Tailwind Productions in association with Universal Media Studios. It was filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California.

<i>Entourage</i> (U.S. TV series) American comedy-drama television series

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely written by Doug Ellin and chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they attempt to further their nascent careers in Los Angeles.


Early life

Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At an early age, she decided to become an actress. As a young child, she would reenact telenovelas for her family. She was discovered by a modeling scout while working in a convenience store at the age of 15, and was cast in a small part in a soda commercial. Later, she decided to pursue acting seriously and studied at the Actor's Workshop in New York City under Flo Greenberg. [3]

Santo Domingo City in National District, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, officially Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean by population. In 2010, its population was counted as 965,040, rising to 2,908,607 when its surrounding metropolitan area was included. The city is coterminous with the boundaries of the Distrito Nacional, itself bordered on three sides by Santo Domingo Province.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States and thus also in the state of New York. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

She graduated from Montclair State University in 2001, where her volleyball talents led her to be placed among the top five in career digs, digs/game, solo blocks and total blocks. [4] She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. [3]

Montclair State University public university in New Jersey, United States

Montclair State University (MSU) is a public research university in Montclair, New Jersey. Montclair State University is the second largest university in New Jersey. As of October 2017, there were 21,013 total enrolled students: 16,852 undergraduate students and 4,161 graduate students. The campus covers approximately 500 acres (2.0 km2), inclusive of the New Jersey School of Conservation in Stokes State Forest. The university offer more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States, after New York. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and sprawling metropolis.


Music videos

Ramirez has appeared in several music videos, including Jay-Z's Streets is Watching (1998), De La Soul's "All Good?" feat. Chaka Khan (2000), LL Cool J's "Hush" (2005; directed by her then fiancè, Jessy Terrero), [5] [6] Santana's "Into the Night" (2007), as well as "Cry Baby Cry" (a Santana and Sean Paul collaboration). Ramirez has also appeared in Wisin & Yandel's music video "Dime Qué Te Pasó", in which she played the main character, the wife and mother of a military man in Iraq who finds out her husband died at war. She was also featured in hip-hop group Sporty Thievz's video "Cheapskate" in 1998.[ citation needed ]

Jay-Z American rapper, businessman, entrepreneur, record executive, songwriter, record producer and investor

Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. Considered one of the best rappers of all time, he is regarded as one of the world's most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in popular culture for over two decades.

<i>Streets Is Watching</i> (film) 1998 film

Streets Is Watching is a musical film in which Jay-Z compiles many of his unreleased music videos into a continuous film. The film takes place in Jay-Z's old neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The film uses music from Jay-Z's albums Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The film is noteworthy because it contains Jay's first two videos, "In My Lifetime" and "I Can't Get Wit That", both released without a major label contract.

De La Soul American hip-hop group

De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 in the Amityville area of Long Island, New York. They are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres. The members are Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo. The three formed the group in high school and caught the attention of producer Prince Paul with a demo tape of the song "Plug Tunin'". With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, has been called "a hip hop masterpiece."


Ramirez appeared as an extra in the HBO film Subway Stories (1997), where she met filmmaker Spike Lee who later cast her in his film, She Hate Me (2004). [7] She played older sister "Laurie" in the movie Fat Albert (2004). [8] She was Callisto, one of The Omegas, in the comic book film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). She went on to star in The 5th Commandment in 2008, a film written by and starring Rick Yune. In 2012, Ramirez appeared in two films, playing Selena in American Reunion , and a bicycle messenger in Premium Rush . [9] [10]

HBO American premium cable and satellite television network

HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by the namesake unit Home Box Office, Inc., now WarnerMedia Entertainment, a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The program which featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies, documentaries and occasional comedy and concert specials.

Spike Lee American film director, film producer, writer, and actor

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.

<i>She Hate Me</i> 2004 film by Spike Lee

She Hate Me is a 2004 independent comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Brian Dennehy, Woody Harrelson, Bai Ling and John Turturro.


Danian Ramirez and Heroes co-star Hayden Panittiere. Dania Ramirez and Hayden Panetierre.jpg
Danian Ramirez and Heroes co-star Hayden Panittiere.

Ramirez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer , and as Blanca Selgado, [11] a recurring role during the sixth season of The Sopranos . [12]

<i>The Sopranos</i> American television series

The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster, and portrays the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization. These are explored during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members, mafia colleagues, and rivals in prominent roles—most notably his wife, Carmela, and his protégé/distant cousin, Christopher Moltisanti.

Ramirez portrayed the character of Maya on the TV series Heroes . [13] She was a guest judge on episode 5 of Cycle 14 of America's Next Top Model. She also guest starred as Alex, an employee of Turtle's and begins a relationship with Turtle in season 7 on the TV series Entourage .

From 2013 to 2016, she had been part of the main cast of Devious Maids, which aired on the Lifetime network up until its cancellation following the finale of the fourth season.

In July 2017 Ramirez was cast as a series regular in the softly-rebooted seventh and final season of Once Upon A Time . This was following the exit of six key cast members at the conclusion of its sixth season which included series leads Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison, as well as Josh Dallas, Emilie De Ravin, Rebecca Mader and Jared Gilmore.

Other media

Ramirez has appeared in several magazine spreads. She has also been listed in several of the world's top publications' "Sexiest Ladies of the Year" lists. She has recently been added to the roster of models for CoverGirl Cosmetics. In March 2010, Ramirez and Queen Latifah launched the company's "Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign". [14]

Personal life

Dania dated Soul Plane director, Jessy Terrero until 2008.[ citation needed ] She became engaged in September 2011 to director John Beverly "Bev" Land. [15] The couple married on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on February 16, 2013. [16] [17] [18] Land has a son, Kai (born 2001), with ex-wife Sharon Leal. [19] On July 15, 2013, Ramirez announced that she was pregnant with twins. [20] That December, she gave birth to fraternal twins, a son John and a daughter Gaia. [21] [22]



2002 25th Hour Daphne
2004Little Black BootLaurie RodriguezShort film
2004The Ecology of LoveAlila
2004Cross BronxMia
2004 She Hate Me Alex Guerrero
2004 Fat Albert Lauri
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Callisto
2007 Illegal Tender Ana
2008 Ball Don't Lie Carmen
2008The Fifth CommandmentAngel
2008 Quarantine Sadie
2010Brooklyn to ManhattanJessica
2012 American Reunion Selena
2012 Premium Rush Vanessa
2015 Mojave Detective Beaumont
2017LycanIsabella Cruz
2018Off the MenuJaviera Torres
2018 Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Scandal Savage Voice
2019 Untitled third Jumanji film Filming


2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Caridad 3 episodes
2003 Run of the House LucyEpisode: "The Party"
2004 10-8: Officers on Duty InezEpisode: "Gypsy Road"
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Elena Movie
2006–2007 The Sopranos Blanca Selgado 5 episodes
2007Fort PitAngela HardwickMovie
2007–2008 Heroes Maya Herrera Series regular (15 episodes)
2009Solving CharlieVeronica KingTelevision film
2010 America's Next Top Model Herself / Guest Judge2 episodes
2010 Entourage Alex10 episodes in season 7
2013–2016 Devious Maids [23] Rosie Falta Main role, 49 episodes
2013–2016 The Talk Herself / Guest Co-Hostess6 episodes
2015First ResponseCamillaTelevision film
2017–2018 Once Upon a Time Cinderella / Jacinda VidrioSeries regular (Season 7)
2018 Justice League Action Red VelvetEpisode: "She Wore Red Velvet"
2018–present Tell Me a Story [24] Hannah PerezSeries regular


2008 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television SeriesHeroesNominated [25]
2014 Imagen Awards Best Actress –TelevisionDevious MaidsNominated [26]
2016NAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance–ComedyDevious MaidsWon

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