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Jessica Pimentel

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Jessica Pimentel
Born (1982-09-20) September 20, 1982 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1998–present
Notable work Orange Is the New Black
Musical career
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts
  • Alekhine’s Gun
  • Brujeria
  • Black Heart Sutra
  • Desolate

Jessica Pimentel (born September 20, 1982) is an American actress and musician. She is best known for her role as Maria Ruiz on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. She is also the lead singer of the heavy metal band Alekhine’s Gun and backing vocalist in the band Brujeria.[1]

Early life[edit]

Pimentel was born in Brooklyn, New York. Both of her parents, originally from La Romana, Dominican Republic, immigrated to New York as teenagers.[2] Pimentel was the couple’s only child. Her parents divorced when she was six years old, after which she became estranged from her father.[3]

Pimentel graduated from New York’s High School of Performing Arts, where she played violin. She focused on acting more after high school, playing Juliet in a touring production of Romeo and Juliet, and landing small roles in movies and TV shows.[3]

Acting career[edit]

After a series of bit parts, Pimentel played the role of Angelique Domenguez in the 2008 film Pride and Glory. In 2014, she was cast as Floyd in four episodes of Person of Interest.

Pimentel’s breakout role came in 2013, when she was cast as Maria Ruiz on the Netflix comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black. Pimentel was credited as a guest star for the first four seasons, before finally being made a part of the regular cast for Season 5.[4]

Music career[edit]

Pimentel began playing music at the age of two and trained as classical violinist and concert master who has played at Carnegie hall. In her teens she began learning the guitar, electric bass, percussion and keyboards and joined several New York Hardcore bands. She was the bassist for New York heavy metal and hardcore band Desolate from 2010–2014.[5]

Since 2010, Pimentel has been the lead vocalist and a recording guitarist for the New York-based heavy metal band Alekhine’s Gun.[6] Pimentel has also recorded several songs with the band Black Heart Sutra, and sings in the Mexican metal band Brujeria.[7]

Pimentel is a featured artist for Spector basses,[8] Halo guitars, and Krank Amps.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pimentel has been dating Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake since 2013.[9]

Pimentel was raised Christian, but became a practicing Buddhist as an adult.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Last Days of Disco Clubgoer Uncredited
2005 Room Young Mother Uncredited
2007 Illegal Tender Young Millie
2008 Off Jackson Avenue Olivia
2008 Pride and Glory Angelique Domenguez
2012 How to Score Your Life Ex-Girlfriend
2013 Go for Sisters La Mojada
2014 Death Pact Vivian TV movie
2014 Fugly! Caroline
2015 The Grief of Others Ms. Nuñez

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 All My Children Pine Valley Kid 2 episodes
1997 12 Angry Viewers Juror
2002 Third Watch Josie Episode: “Falling”
2003 Law & Order Hooker Episode: “Under God”
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Selma Garcia Episode: “911
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joanne Suarez Episode: “Retro”
2009 Law & Order Tina Episode: “Boy Gone Astray”
2010 Mercy Female Clerk Episode: “There Is No Superwoman
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gabriella Belteno Episode: “Disciple”
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Maria Ruiz Recurring role (Seasons 1–4), Series regular (Season 5–present)Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015-2017)[11]
2014 Casting Calls Mary
2014–2015 Person of Interest Floyd 4 episodes
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Manuela Ozuna Episode: “Institutional Fail”
Actress (24 credits)
 2013-2018 Orange Is the New Black (TV Series)
Maria Ruiz

Double Trouble (2018) … Maria Ruiz
Well This Took a Dark Turn (2018) … Maria Ruiz
Chocolate Chip Nookie (2018) … Maria Ruiz
Break the String (2018) … Maria Ruiz
Gordons (2018) … Maria Ruiz (credit only)
 2005-2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Manuela Ozuna / Joanne Suarez / Selma Garcia

Institutional Fail (2015) … Manuela Ozuna
Retro (2008) … Joanne Suarez
911 (2005) … Selma Garcia
 2014-2015 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Floyd

YHWH (2015) … Floyd
Asylum (2015) … Floyd
Blunt (2015) … Floyd
Point of Origin (2014) … Floyd
 2015 The Grief of Others
Ms. Nuñez
 2014 Death Pact (TV Movie)
Vivian
 2014 Fugly!
Caroline
 2014 Casting Calls (TV Series)
Mary (2014)
 2013 Go for Sisters
La Mojada
 2012 How to Score Your Life
Ex-Girlfriend
 2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Gabriella Belteno

Disciple (2010) … Gabriella Belteno
 2010 Mercy (TV Series)
Female Clerk

There Is No Superwoman (2010) … Female Clerk
 2010 The Imperialists Are Still Alive!
Coffee Shop Girl
 2003-2009 Law & Order (TV Series)
Tina / Hooker

Boy Gone Astray (2009) … Tina
Under God (2003) … Hooker
 2008 Pride and Glory
Angelique Domenguez
 2008 Off Jackson Avenue
Olivia
 2007 Illegal Tender
Young Millie
 2005/I Room
Young Mother (uncredited)
 2002 Third Watch (TV Series)
Josie

Falling (2002) … Josie
 1998 The Last Days of Disco
Clubgoer (uncredited)
 1997 12 Angry Viewers (TV Series)
Juror (1997)
 1995 All My Children (TV Series)
Pine Valley Teen / Pine Valley Kid

Episode dated 2 August 1995 (1995) … Pine Valley Teen
Episode #1.6517 (1995) … Pine Valley Kid
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