Ramirez at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, September 11, 2008
|Born||J. Dania Ramírez
November 8, 1979 
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
J. Dania Ramírez (born November 8, 1979) is a Dominican-American TV and film actress. She is most recently known for playing Alex in Entourage, Maya Herrera in Heroes and Blanca during the last season of The Sopranos. She also played Callisto in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Early life 
Ramírez 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 Los Angeles 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. She graduated from Montclair State University in 1999, where her volleyball talents led her to be placed among the top five in career digs, digs/game, solo blocks and total blocks. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
Music videos 
Ramírez has appeared in several music videos, including Jay-Z's Streets is Watching (1998), LL Cool J's "Hush" (2005; directed by her fiancè, Jessy Terrero), 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's video "Cheapskate" back in 1998.
Ramírez 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). She played older sister "Laurie" in the movie Fat Albert (2004). 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, Ramírez appeared in two films, playing Selena in American Reunion, and a bicycle messenger in Premium Rush.
Ramírez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as Blanca Selgado, a recurring role during the sixth season of The Sopranos.
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.
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".
|1997||Subway Series||Unknown role||Extra|
|2004||Little Black Boot||Laurie Rodriguez|
|2004||The Ecology of Love||Alila|
|2004||She Hate Me||Alex Guerrero|
|2005||Romy and Michelle: In the Beginning||Elena||TV movie|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Callisto|
|2007||Fort Pit||Angela Hardwick||TV movie|
|2008||Ball Don't Lie||Carmen|
|2008||The Fifth Commandment||Angel|
|2009||Solving Charlie||Veronica King||TV movie|
|2010||Brooklyn to Manhattan||Jessica|
|2003||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Caridad||3 episodes|
|2003||Run of the House||Lucy||1 episode|
|2004||10-8: Officers on Duty||Inez||1 episode|
|2005||Dr. Phil||Herself/Guest||1 episode|
|2006–2007||The Sopranos||Blanca Selgado||5 episodes|
|2007–2008||Heroes||Maya Herrera||Main cast, Seasons 2 and 3: 15 episodes|
|2010||Entourage||Alex||Season 7, episodes 1-10: 10 episodes|
|2013||Devious Maids||Rosie Falta||Filming Season 1|
|Year||Award||Award category||Result||Title of work|
|2008||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series||Nominated||Heroes|
See also 
- Dania Ramirez on TV.com
- "Dania Ramirez". Retrieved 2010-11-12.
- 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]
- MSU Volleyball Records (Career) from the Montclair State University website
- Reid, Shaheem (2004-09-24). "LL Brings It Back To The 'Hood For 'Hush' Video". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- Sanchez, Mercedes (2006-05-10). "Dueling Dania". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- Siegel, Tatiana (June 8, 2010). "Thesp's in a 'Rush' for Columbia". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved August 8, 2010.
- Sneider, Jeff (May 31, 2011). "'American Reunion' adds Dania Ramirez". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- Although, recently, her character Maya has been written off. New Female Joins Heroes Cast from The Hollywood Reporter
- "Dania Ramirez 'Devious Maids'".
- Official Website
- Dania Ramirez on Myspace
- Dania Ramirez on Twitter
- Dania Ramirez at the Internet Movie Database