Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez

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Dania Ramirez
Dania Ramirez August 1, 2014 (cropped).jpg

Ramirez at the 2014 Imagen Awards Gala
Born Dania Jissel Ramírez
(1979-11-08) November 8, 1979 (age 37)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Bev Land (m. 2013)
Children 2

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 till 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]

Early life[edit]

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]

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]

Career[edit]

Music videos[edit]

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’sHush” (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 Que Te Paso“, in which she played the main character, the wife and mother of a military man at war in Iraq who finds out her husband died at war. She was also featured in hip-hop group Sporty Thievz video “Cheapskate” back in 1998.[citation needed]

Films[edit]

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]

Television[edit]

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]

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 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[edit]

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[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 25th Hour Daphne
2004 Little Black Boot Laurie Rodriguez Short film
2004 Ecology of Love, TheThe Ecology of Love Alila
2004 Cross Bronx Mia
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
2008 Fifth Commandment, TheThe Fifth Commandment Angel
2008 Quarantine Sadie
2010 Brooklyn to Manhattan Jessica
2012 American Reunion Selena
2012 Premium Rush Vanessa
2015 Mojave Detective Beaumont

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Sopranos, TheThe 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 Movie
2010 Entourage Alex 10 episodes in season 7
2013–16 Devious Maids[23] Rosie Falta Main role, 49 episodes
2015 First Response Camilla Movie
2017-Present Once Upon a Time Cinderella/Jacinda Series Regular (Season 7-present)

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2008 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series Heroes Nominated[24]
2014 Imagen Awards Best Actress – Television Devious Maids Nominated[25]
2015 Nominated
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