Dania Ramirez

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Dania Ramirez
File:Dania Ramirez August 1, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Ramirez at the 2014 Imagen Awards Gala
Born Dania Jissel Ramirez
(1979-11-08) November 8, 1979 (age 38)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Bev Land (m. 2013)
Children 2

Dania Jissel Ramirez[1] (born November 8, 1979)[2] 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. Since June 23, 2013, she has portrayed Rosie Falta on Lifetime's Devious Maids.

Early life

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]


Music videos

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 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]


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]


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.

Since 2013, she has been part of the main cast of Devious Maids airing on the Lifetime network.[14]

Other media

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".[15]

Personal life

Ramirez and Soul Plane director Jessy Terrero dated until 2008.[16] She became engaged in September 2011 to director John Amos Beverly Land (known as Bev Land professionally).[17] The couple married on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on February 16, 2013.[18][19][20] Land has a son, Kai (born 2001), with ex-wife Sharon Leal.[21] On July 15, 2013, Ramirez announced that she was pregnant with twins.[22] That December, she gave birth to fraternal twins, a son John and a daughter Gaia.[1][23]



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


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 episode in season 7
2013–present Devious Maids[24] Rosie Falta Main role


Year Association Category Work Result
2008 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series Heroes Nominated[25]
2014 Imagen Awards Best Actress - Television Devious Maids Nominated[26]
2015 Nominated

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Michaud, Sarah; Hernandez, Lee (10 January 2014). "Dania Ramirez Welcomes Twins Gaia Jissel and John Aether". People. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. "Dania Ramirez". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Venable, Malcolm (2004-12-01). "Dania Ramirez: with boundary-breaking boosters like Bill Cosby and Spike Lee, she's building a career by busting down stereotypes". Interview. Retrieved 2008-09-07. [dead link]
  4. MSU Volleyball Records (Career) from the Montclair State University website
  5. Reid, Shaheem (2004-09-24). "LL Brings It Back To The 'Hood For 'Hush' Video". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  6. Sanchez, Mercedes (2006-05-10). "Dueling Dania" (PDF). New York Post. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  7. "Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing She Hate Me on Its 11th Anniversary". Indiewire. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  8. "http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/revisiting-spike-lees-perplexing-she-hate-me-on-its-11th-anniversary-20150723". movieweb. Retrieved 10 May 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  9. Siegel, Tatiana (June 8, 2010). "Thesp's in a 'Rush' for Columbia". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  10. Sneider, Jeff (May 31, 2011). "'American Reunion' adds Dania Ramirez". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  11. "Fast Facts". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  12. "Dania Ramirez Biography". buddy tv. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  13. Although, recently, her character Maya has been written off. New Female Joins Heroes Cast from The Hollywood Reporter
  14. "Dania Ramirez Teases Huge 'Devious Maids' Shockers". tv.yahoo.com. August 16, 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  15. "EXCLUSIVE: Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah Launch CoverGirl’s Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign". Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  16. http://www.a c e showbiz.com/news/view/w0005091.html
  17. http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/09/22/1746493/bev-lands-music-video.html Land’s fiancee, Dania Ramirez, came up with the idea. She had written two verses and a bridge.
  18. "Dania Ramirez Marries Director John Beverly Amos Land!". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  19. "Dania Ramirez Married". latina.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  20. "Dania Ramirez Marries Director John Beverly Amos Land!". lipstickalley.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  21. http://bostonpublic.tktv.net/news.html 10.30.01 - The November 6th issue of Soap Opera Digest reports that Sharon Leal and fiancé Bev Land welcomed their first child, Kai Miles Land, into the world on September 13th.
  22. "‘Devious Maids’ Star Dania Ramirez Reveals She Having Twins By Sharing Sonogram". Fox News Latino. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  23. Johnson, Zach (20 December 2013). "Dania Ramirez Gives Birth to Twins". E! Online. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  24. "Dania Ramirez 'Devious Maids'". 
  25. "ALMA Awards 2009 nominees". LA Times. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  26. "Nominees for the 29th Annual Imagen Awards Announced". imagen.org/. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 

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