Tia Texada

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Tia Texada
Born (1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 49)
Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1993–present
Website tiatexada.com

Tia Texada is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Sgt. Maritza Cruz on the NBC series Third Watch , and her recurring role as an undercover agent Ribera on The Unit for CBS. Other roles include, In Plain Sight , Saving Grace , Chuck for NBC, HBO's Mind of the Married Man , Everybody Hates Chris , The Amazing Spider-Man , Batman Beyond , Static Shock , Firebreather , and Handy Manny . She was the voice of Maybelline New York for 15 years, the number-one selling cosmetic brand in the world, appearing prominently in the brand’s "Maybe Shes Born With it... Maybe It's Maybelline" campaign, which was named Brand of the Year and Launch of the Year for Lash Sensational. She was the first female live announcer for the ESPY Awards, where she worked alongside Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, LeBron James, and Samuel L. Jackson for seven years. She was the voice of the winning Golden Trailer award for RoboCop . She was the voice for launching Super Bowl 50 for The NFL Today on CBS, Flesh and Bone for Starz, Lindt Gold Bunny, Zales, Unstoppable Collection, JC Penney World Cup Soccer IS for Girls, World Series of Poker Lady Luck for ESPN, and the Skittles 'Taste the Rainbow' ad campaign.


Early life

Texada was born and raised in Louisiana. Her mother was a reflexologist, and her father was an insurance agent.

Texada was born with severe strabismus. She underwent corrective eye surgery and had to wear an eye patch. As a result of the resulting bullying she was subjected to, she was shy as a child, and took an acting class to overcome social anxiety. Afterwards, she decided to pursue an acting career.


Texada's appearances include guest-starring roles in episodes of In Plain Sight , Chuck ("Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat"), Saving Grace , Everybody Hates Chris , The Unit , and Criminal Minds . [1] She played Sgt. Maritza Cruz in the NBC Drama Third Watch in the last three of its six seasons.

She also has appeared in movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Paulie (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Bait (2000), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Glitter (2001), Phone Booth (2003), and Spartan (2004).

Texada also has a singing career, and her songs have been featured on shows such as Dawson's Creek . She also played at the Lilith Fair tour in 1998. [2]

She played the voice of Isabel Vasquez in the TV movie Firebreather. Texada has lent her voice to the animated series The Wild Thornberrys , and Static Shock , as well as television commercials. She is currently the voice of Elena Validus on the animated show Ben 10: Ultimate Alien as Alyssa Diaz's voice double.

Texada has also done layouts for magazines and has been featured in the men's magazines FHM and Maxim . [3]

She appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man , where she is accidentally stripped out of her top by Peter Parker.

She also appeared as guest-star in the Freeform television series Stitchers .



1993Coming in out of the RainChrissy
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn Bar Dancer
1997Run Away CarLupeTelevision film
1998 Shadow of a Doubt Conchita Perez
1998 Paulie Ruby, Lupe (voice)
1998The Unknown CyclistLola
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Natasha's Roommate
2000 Nurse Betty Rosa Hernandez
2000 Bait Tika
2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Dorrie
2001 Glitter Roxanne
2002 Crazy as Hell Lupa
2002 Phone Booth Asia
2003Welcome to the NeighborhoodStephanie
2004 Spartan Jackie Black
20065up 2downMaria
2006The Line-UpAngel BerezaTelevision film
2008Black Crescent MoonDarla Rosepetal
2010 Firebreather Isabel (voice)Television film
2010 Finding Hope Now Mrs. Villanueva
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Sheila (Subway)


1995 Land's End CorinaEpisode: "El Perico"
1996 Sisters P.A.Episode: "A Sudden Change of Heart"
1996 CBS Schoolbreak Special Episode: "Crosstown"
1996 Malibu Shores Kacey Martinez10 episodes
1996 ER Gloria LopezEpisode: "Homeless for the Holidays"
1997 NYPD Blue Wanda DiazEpisode: "A Wrecking Experience"
1998 Ask Harriet Maria GarciaEpisode: "Pilot"
1998 Fame L.A. TashaEpisode: "Green Eyed Monster"
1998 Brooklyn South SylviaEpisode: "Queens for a Day"
1999–2000 The Wild Thornberrys Santusa (voice)2 episodes
1999 Working Female RebelEpisode: "The Other Executive"
2000 Batman Beyond Trina (voice)Episode: "Payback"
2000, 2002–2004 Static Shock Talon, Rita Velasquez (voice)8 episodes
2001 As Told by Ginger Villager #2 (voice)Episode: "I Spy a Witch"
2001 The Mind of the Married Man Missy's RoommateEpisode: "Wonderful News"
2002 The American Embassy MarissaEpisode: "Pilot"
2002–2005 Third Watch Sergeant Maritza Cruz47 episodes
2006–2007 The Unit Marianna Ribera2 episodes
2006, 2009 Handy Manny Mrs. Alvarez (voice)2 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Jane DuncroftEpisode: "Miami Confidential"
2008 Criminal Minds Detective Tina LopezEpisode: "In Heat"
2008 Everybody Hates Chris Ms. RiveraEpisode: "Everybody Hates the English Teacher"
2010 Saving Grace Episode: "Loose Men in Tight Jeans"
2010 Huge Shay6 episodes
2010 Chuck Hortensia GoyaEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat"
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Elena Validus (voice)2 episodes
2011 In Plain Sight EvitaEpisode: "Something A-mish"
2014 Turbo FAST Simone (voice)Episode: "Mall Is Well/Taco Tank"
2017 Stitchers Dr. Sophia TorresEpisode: "Perfect"

Video games

2005 True Crime: New York City [4]
2008 Speed Racer: The Videogame Denise Mobile
2014 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices

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  2. Tia Texada IMDB Biography
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