|Born||(1982-09-20) September 20, 1982
Brooklyn, New York
|Notable work||Orange Is the New Black|
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.
Pimentel was born in Brooklyn, New York. Both of her parents, originally from La Romana, Dominican Republic, immigrated to New York as teenagers. Pimentel was the couple’s only child. Her parents divorced when she was six years old, after which she became estranged from her father.
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.
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.
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.
Since 2010, Pimentel has been the lead vocalist and a recording guitarist for the New York-based heavy metal band Alekhine’s Gun. Pimentel has also recorded several songs with the band Black Heart Sutra, and sings in the Mexican metal band Brujeria.
|1998||The Last Days of Disco||Clubgoer||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|
|2015||The Grief of Others||Ms. Nuñez|
|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)|
|2014–2015||Person of Interest||Floyd||4 episodes|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Manuela Ozuna||Episode: “Institutional Fail”|