Ortiz at the 2012 ALMA Awards
January 25, 1971
Manhattan, New York
|Spouse(s)||Noah Lebenzon (2007–present)|
Ana Ortiz (born January 25, 1971) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Hilda Suarez in the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty (2006-2010). She in currently starring as Marisol Suarez in the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids.
Ortiz was born in Manhattan, and is the daughter of Angel L. Ortiz, a former Philadelphia City Council member of Puerto Rican descent, and an Irish American mother. As a child, Ortiz originally dreamed of becoming a ballerina, and she studied ballet for eight years, until the pain of dancing en pointe forced her to pursue a different artistic discipline. Switching to singing, Ortiz attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and later the University of the Arts in Philadelphia before making her professional stage debut in a regional theater production of Dangerous Liaisons. Her additional stage credits include portraying Chrissy in a European touring production of Hair, regional theater productions such as Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer and in the South Coast Repertory Theater's production of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot.
After joining LAByrinth Theatre Company, she appeared off-Broadway in In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, which also co-starred Puerto Rican actress Liza Colón-Zayas and was directed by Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and named one of the 10-best plays of 1999 by the magazine Time Out New York.
On television, Ortiz's appeared in several shows including NYPD Blue, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Commander In Chief, Boston Legal, ER, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Over There, her first full-time series role, Kristin and Everybody Loves Raymond. Ortiz also had a guest-starring role on Army Wives during its second season as a waitress named Sandi.
She is well known for her role as Hilda Suarez in the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty. Originally, Ortiz had auditioned for the Betty Suarez role, but it went to America Ferrera instead. Ortiz said in 2008, "I was super plain. I just put on some glasses and kept my hair kind of flat and layered on the clothing", describing what she wore when auditioning for the role of Betty. "I just wanted them to remember me, so that I could be involved in the future". Ortiz was one of two Philadelphians who were regulars on Ugly Betty, the other being Mark Indelicato, who played her son Justin. Another connection to the city is co-star Becki Newton (who played Amanda Tanen), who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
In addition to her role on Ugly Betty, Ortiz was active in films, which include starring roles King of L.A., Tortilla Heaven and the 2009 TV movie Labor Pains co-starring her former Ugly Betty co-star, Lindsay Lohan.
Ortiz plays the lead role of Marisol Duarte (the alias of Professor Marisol Suarez) in the Marc Cherry comedy-drama series Devious Maids in 2013. Interestingly, this will be the second series in which her character shares the last name of her previous character from another series.
Ortiz graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ortiz currently lives in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, softball, and water sports, and writes poetry. She married musician Noah Lebenzon on June 9, 2007 in Rincón, Puerto Rico. The couple were expecting their first child on June 25, 2009. On Saturday, June 27, 2009, Ana and Noah welcomed a daughter, named Paloma Louise Lebenzon. Paloma was born at 4:25 p.m. and weighed in at 7 pounds 10 ounces.  The second child, a son named Rafael, was born on September 24, 2011.
Ortiz is active in raising awareness against domestic abuse, citing her own experiences when she was in her 20s and involved in a romantic relationship that turned physically abusive. In an article for USA Today, Ortiz notes that the final scene from the Ugly Betty episode "How Betty Got Her Grieve Back", in which Hilda sat on her bed staring at the bathroom after realizing that Santos had died, was drawn from that experience: "I used some of that subconsciously ... It's something that is always with me".
|1995||Condition Red||C Block Inmate||First feature film|
|2002||Lehi's Wife||Kelly (as Anna Ortiz)|
|2003||Carolina||Perfect Date Assistant Christen|
|2007||Tortilla Heaven||Chicana #1|
|2008||Meet the Browns|
|The Winged Man||Wanda||Independent film|
|Batman: Gotham Knight||Anna Ramirez||Segments "Crossfire" and "In Darkness Dwells"
|Noah's Ark: The New Beginning||Tier||Voice Only|
|2011||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Gail|
|1999||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie||Pregnant Woman||Television movie|
|2000||King of the Korner||Isabel|
|2001||Kristin||Santa Clemente||Main role|
|Everybody Loves Raymond||Natasha Leonetti||1 episode: "Raybert" (6.10)|
|2002||Greetings from Tucson||Angela||1 episode: "Eegee's vs. Hardee's" (1.22)|
|NYPD Blue||Luisa Lopez||1 episode: "Dead Meat in New Deli" (9.21)|
|Strong Medicine||Elena Delgado||1 episode: "Family History" (3.09)|
|Do Over||Mrs. Rice||1 episode: "Rock 'n' Roll Parking Lot" (1.06)|
|Mr. St. Nick||Lorena||TV Movie|
|ER||Laura||1 episode: "Hindsight" (9.10)|
|2003||Life on Parole||Loretta||TV Movie|
|A.U.S.A.||Ana Riveria||Main Role|
|2004||Foster Hall||TV Movie|
|North Shore||Ana Green||1 episode: "Secret Service" (1.06)|
|2005||Blind Justice||Letitia Barreras||1 episode: "Past Imperfect" (1.08)|
|Freddie||Gina||1 episode: "Rich Man, Poor Girl" (1.01)|
|Over There||Anna||7 episodes|
|2006||Commander in Chief||Isabelle Rios||1 episode: "Wind Beneath My Wings" (1.12)|
|Boston Legal||A.D.A. Holly Raines||4 episodes|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||Belinda||1 episode: "Some of My Best Friends Are Portuguese" (1.12)|
|2006–2010||Ugly Betty||Hilda Suarez||Main role|
|2008||Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story||Valerie Valleja||Television Movie|
|2011||Hung||Lydia||recurring role, season 3|
|2013–present||Devious Maids||Marisol Suarez (alias Marisol Duarte)||Main role|
|2013||Revenge||Bizzy Preston||Recurring Guest Star|
|2013||Happy - Pharrell Williams||5:30pm|
- Ana Ortiz on 'Ugly Betty': 'I definitely have a Queens connection'
- Gray, Ellen, "'Betty's' Ortiz relishes show's hit status", Philadelphia Daily News, Jan. 16, 2007
- Ana Ortiz with her father
- LAByrinth Theatre Company
- From TVGuide.com
- Claustro, Lisa, "Ortiz Went 'Super Plain' for 'Ugly Betty' Audition, BuddyTV.com, January 5, 2008, reprinting quotes from Sheridan, Patricia, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article (no date or title given)
- "Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' comes to Lifetime this summer". Entertainment Weekly. April 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
- Actress Ana Ortiz married in Puerto Rico 11/06/2007
- Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz is Pregnant! People.com, January 8, 2009
- Ana Ortiz Expecting a Girl! Celebrity Baby Blog, February 10, 2009
- Ana Ortiz of 'Ugly Betty' let her pain fuel Hilda's, from USA Today (September 24, 2008)
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