Judy Reyes

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Judy Reyes
Judy Reyes 2013.jpg
Reyes in 2013
Born (1967-11-05) November 5, 1967 (age 46)[1]
The Bronx, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Edwin M. Figueroa (divorced)[2]
Partner(s) George Valencia[3]
Children 1

Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC sitcom Scrubs (2001-2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–present).

Early life[edit]

Reyes was born in The Bronx, New York[1] to Dominican immigrants and has three sisters,[4] including a twin sister named Joselin, who played a paramedic on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Reyes grew up on Bainbridge Avenue, from the age of 13 to the age of 25-26.[4] She attended Hunter College in Manhattan, where she began her acting career.[2]

Career[edit]

In the early 1990s, Reyes began her television career with guest starring roles in number of shows, including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Sopranos. She also had a recurring role in Oz as Tina Rivera. She is best known for her portrayal of nurse Carla Espinosa on the NBC comedy Scrubs from 2001 to 2009. She has starred in a number of made for television movies, primarily for Lifetime network, including Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (2008), and The Pregnancy Project (2012).

After leaving Scrubs Reyes guest-starred in several shows, including Castle, Medium, Off the Map, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2011 she starred as a mother dealing with the return into her life of her estranged husband after his stint in prison in the independent drama Gun Hill Road. The film is set in Reyes' native Bronx, and its title refers to a real-life street that intersects Bainbridge Avenue on which Reyes herself grew up.[4] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[5] Reyes also had and small supporting roles in several films, including Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Washington Heights (2002), and Dirty (2005).

In 2012, Reyes was cast as series regular Zoila Diaz in ABC comedy-drama pilot Devious Maids, created by Marc Cherry.[6] On May 14, 2012, the series was not picked up by ABC, but on June 22, 2012, Lifetime ordered a run of thirteen-episodes.[7] The series premiered June 23, 2013.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Reyes was married to writer/director Edwin M. Figueroa for 11 years before they divorced.[2] Reyes and her boyfriend George Valencia have a daughter, Leila Rey, born on November 27, 2009.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Law & Order Maria Barragon Episode: "Sisters of Mercy"
1992 Jack and His Friends Rosie
1993 Street Justice Jody Episode: "Countdown"
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Laura Montero Episode: "Only You"
1994 New York Undercover Helena Episode: "After Shakespeare"
1996 NYPD Blue Anna Ortiz Episode: "Where'd the Van Gogh?"
1996 The Prosecutors Maria Valquez TV Movie
1996 No Exit Maria Lentini Direct-to-video
1997 Cosby Episode: "About My Life"
1997 Nothing Sacred Maritza Episodes: "Proofs for the Existence of God" and "Song of Songs"
1997 Lena's Dreams Martisa
1998 Went to Coney Island Waitress
1999 Mind Prey Det. Vega TV Movie
1999 Bringing Out the Dead ICU Nurse
2000 The Sopranos Michelle Episode: "From Where to Eternity"
2000 King of the Jungle Lydia Morreto
2001 100 Centre Street Olivia Episode: "Things Change"
2001 Third Watch Gina Fuentes Episodes: "Requiem for a Bantamweight" and "Unfinished Business"
2001 WW 3 Maria Cruz TV Movie
1999-2002 Oz Tina Rivera 5 episodes
2002 Washington Heights Daisy
2003 Blue's Clues Carmen Episode: "Blue's Big Car Trip"
2004 King of the Corner Nurse Kathleen Delehant
2005 Strong Medicine Jane Lopez Episode: "Family Practice"
2005 Dirty Bryant
2006 Our House Billy TV Movie
2008 Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee Vanessa Dupree TV Movie
2008 Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story Luz Cuevas TV Movie
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television
2009 Castle Theresa Candela Episode: "Little Girl Lost"
2001-2009 Scrubs Nurse Carla Espinosa Series regular, 169 episodes
ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated - ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2002, 2009)
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television (2005, 2007)
2009 Hawthorne Vita Gonzalez Episode: "No Guts, No Glory"
2010 Medium Jane Livingston Episode: "Native Tongue"
2011 Gun Hill Road Angela Rodriguez
2011 Off the Map Eva Moran Episodes: "It's Good" and "Es Un Milagro"
2011 Without Men Magnolia Direct-to-video
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Inez Rivera Episode: "Blood Brothers"
2011 Kaylien Teacher Short film
2012 The Pregnancy Project Juana TV Movie
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television
2012 Happily Divorced Teresa Episode: "Teresa"
2013-present Devious Maids Zoila Diaz Series regular

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