Melonie Diaz

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Melonie Diaz
Melonie Diaz.jpg
Diaz introducing the film Be Kind Rewind at the 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Born (1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 30)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Melonie Diaz (born April 25, 1984) is an American actress who has appeared in many independent films, including four shown at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.[1]

Early Life[edit]

Diaz was born in New York City, and was raised along with her elder sister on the Lower East Side, by parents of Puerto Rican descent.[2] She became interested in acting at the Henry Street Settlement and subsequently attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.

She completed a degree in Film Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and has made numerous off-Broadway and workshop appearances including Medea at the Bullet Space, the Hip Hop Theater Festival at P.S. 122, and the New York City Fringe Festival.

Career[edit]

She started her film career with a supporting role in Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy (2001) and later landed roles in Jim McKay and Hannah Weyer's From an Objective Point of View and Peter Sollett's Raising Victor Vargas (both 2002). Television work at this time included an episode of Law & Order and a pilot for Queens Supreme (both 2003).

Her breakthrough roles came as Blanca in Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown (2005) and as Laurie in Dito Montiel's A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) which earned her an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Supporting Female. She was subsequently cast by Jamie Babbit in the lead role of Anna in Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007) as well as a role in Hamlet 2, Be Kind Rewind, and also played Christina in American Son in 2008.[3]

She appeared in the Mary J. Blige video "We Got Hood Love" which debuted on May 10, 2010.

In 2012, she starred in the indie romantic comedy, She Wants Me with Josh Gad and Kristen Ruhlin. In a hyped-up, Woody Allen, Annie Hall-type film, she plays a girl who gets caught in a love triangle between aspiring artists and a celebrity.

In 2013, she appeared in Fruitvale Station, a film based on the shooting of Oscar Grant. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic. The film had its international premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it played in the Un Certain Regard section and won the Un Certain Regard Best First Film award. For her work in the movie she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.

She has expressed a desire to return to Tisch in order to complete her degree in filmmaking, citing director Kathryn Bigelow as an inspiration.[4]

In 2014 she appeared briefly on an episode of Girls as Season, a friend of Jessa Johansson's. That same year she appeared in Ryan Piers Williams' film ''X/Y'' alongside America Ferrera as well as The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Double Whammy Maribel Benitez
2002 From an Objective Point of View Kelly
Raising Victor Vargas Melonie
2005 Lords of Dogtown Blanca
2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Young Laurie Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Emil Unnamed Actress
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Anna
Remember the Daze Brianne
Feel the Noise Mimi
2008 American Son Cristina
I'll Come Running Veronica
Assassination of a High School President Clara
Be Kind Rewind Alma
Hamlet 2 Ivonne
Nothing Like the Holidays Marissa
2012 "She Wants Me" Gwen
Supporting Characters Liana
Save the Date Isabelle
2013 Fruitvale Station Sophina Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female

Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

2014 X/Y Jen
The Cobbler Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Queen's Supreme Mr. Diaz's Daughter "Pilot"
Law & Order Bettina "Ill-Conceived"
2010 Nip/Tuck Ramona Perez "Dr. Griffin", "Edith and Walter Krieger", "Hiro Yoshimura"
CSI: Miami Ivonne Hernandez "Manhunt"
2011 Person of Interest Paula Vasquez "Number Crunch"
2014 Girls Season "Dead Inside"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keeps, David A. (2008-01-25). "Melonie Diaz: This year's Queen of Sundance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  2. ^ Melodie Diaz from Papermag 11 September 2009
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178650/
  4. ^ [1] from Vanity Fair 14 July 2013

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