Dania Ramirez in 2017
Dania Jissel Ramírez
November 8, 1979
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bev Land(m. 2013)
Dania Jissel Ramirez (born November 8, 1979)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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
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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.
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), [ citation needed ]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.
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.
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.
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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).She played older sister "Laurie" in the movie Fat Albert (2004). 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 .
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.
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.
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.
Ramirez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer , and as Blanca Selgado,a recurring role during the sixth season of The Sopranos .
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 .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.
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".
Dania dated Soul Plane director, Jessy Terrero until 2008.[ citation needed ] She became engaged in September 2011 to director John Beverly "Bev" Land. The couple married on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on February 16, 2013. Land has a son, Kai (born 2001), with ex-wife Sharon Leal. On July 15, 2013, Ramirez announced that she was pregnant with twins. That December, she gave birth to fraternal twins, a son John and a daughter Gaia.
|2004||Little Black Boot||Laurie Rodriguez||Short film|
|2004||The Ecology of Love||Alila|
|2004||She Hate Me||Alex Guerrero|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Callisto|
|2008||Ball Don't Lie||Carmen|
|2008||The Fifth Commandment||Angel|
|2010||Brooklyn to Manhattan||Jessica|
|2018||Off the Menu||Javiera 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||Lucy||Episode: "The Party"|
|2004||10-8: Officers on Duty||Inez||Episode: "Gypsy Road"|
|2005||Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||Elena||Movie|
|2006–2007||The Sopranos||Blanca Selgado||5 episodes|
|2007||Fort Pit||Angela Hardwick||Movie|
|2007–2008||Heroes||Maya Herrera||Series regular (15 episodes)|
|2009||Solving Charlie||Veronica King||Television film|
|2010||America's Next Top Model||Herself / Guest Judge||2 episodes|
|2010||Entourage||Alex||10 episodes in season 7|
|2013–2016||Devious Maids||Rosie Falta||Main role, 49 episodes|
|2013–2016||The Talk||Herself / Guest Co-Hostess||6 episodes|
|2015||First Response||Camilla||Television film|
|2017–2018||Once Upon a Time||Cinderella / Jacinda Vidrio||Series regular (Season 7)|
|2018||Justice League Action||Red Velvet||Episode: "She Wore Red Velvet"|
|2018–present||Tell Me a Story||Hannah Perez||Series regular|
|2008||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series||Heroes||Nominated|
|2014||Imagen Awards||Best Actress –Television||Devious Maids||Nominated|
|2016||NAMIC Vision Awards||Best Performance–Comedy||Devious Maids||Won|
Maya Khabira Rudolph is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and singer. Rudolph first gained prominence in the mid-1990s as a member of the alternative rock band The Rentals before joining The Groundlings improv troupe later in the decade. In 2000, Rudolph became a cast member on the NBC television series Saturday Night Live and subsequently appeared in supporting roles in films such as 50 First Dates (2004) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).
Roselyn Sánchez is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. On television, she is best known for her roles as Elena Delgado on the CBS police procedural Without a Trace (2005–09), and as Carmen Luna on the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–16). In film, Sánchez has appeared in Rush Hour 2 (2001), Boat Trip (2002), The Game Plan (2007), and Act of Valor (2012).
Sharon Ann Leal is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in movies such as Dreamgirls, This Christmas, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? and her roles on the television shows Legacy, Guiding Light, and Boston Public.
Marc Cherry is an American television writer and producer. He is best known for creating the ABC dramedy series Desperate Housewives.
Sara Elena Ramírez is a Mexican American actress, singer, and songwriter. Born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, she graduated with a fine arts degree from the Juilliard School. She began acting in Broadway productions, making her debut with Paul Simon's The Capeman, and later ventured into film and television roles. Ramirez is a recipient of a Tony Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Satellite Award, among other accolades.
Judy Reyes is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC/ABC sitcom Scrubs (2001–2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–2016). As of 2017, she stars as Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas in the TNT crime comedy-drama, Claws.
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Ana Ortiz is an American actress and singer. Having pursued a career in ballet and singing from a young age, she eventually attended University of the Arts. Ortiz began her acting career in theatre, in early 2000s starred in the short-lived NBC sitcoms Kristin (2001) and A.U.S.A. (2003), and had recurring roles on Over There and Boston Legal.
Paula Garcés is a Colombian American film and television actress, known for her appearance in films such as Clockstoppers, Man of the House and The Harold and Kumar Series, and on TV shows such as CSI: Miami, The Shield, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, Oz, Devious Maids and All My Children.
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