Nadine Velazquez

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Nadine Velazquez
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Nadine Velazquez, c. 2006
Born Nadine E. Velazquez
(1978-11-20) November 20, 1978 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Marc Provissiero (2005–2011)

Nadine E. Velazquez (born November 20, 1978) is an American actress and model known for her roles as Catalina Aruca on My Name Is Earl and Sofia Ruxin on The League. She has also appeared in films such as War and Flight, and is a cast member on the TV series Major Crimes.

Early life[edit]

Velazquez was born in Chicago, Illinois and is of Puerto Rican descent. After graduating from Notre Dame High School for Girls,[1] she earned a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Columbia College Chicago in 2001.[2]

Career[edit]

Velazquez has appeared in print ads, television, and film. Her first acting role was a McDonald's commercial as a drive-through lady.[3] She was originally cast as Fernando Sucre's girlfriend, Maricruz Delgado, in the Fox television series Prison Break, but acquired a role in My Name Is Earl instead. Her first film roles were in the movie War with Jet Li and Jason Statham, and in the Oxygen Network original television film Husband for Hire. She starred in the NBC series My Name Is Earl as Catalina Aruca. She was one of the actors in the 2006 monologue show Skirts & Flirts[4] In 2006, she was ranked #54 in 102 sexiest women in the world,[citation needed] and was named #39 in the annual Maxim Hot 100 list.[5] Velaquez was one of the judges in the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant and the host for the Miss USA 2009 pageant. In 2011 Velazquez appeared in the pilot of ABC's Charlie's Angels as Gloria Martinez, one of Charlie's hired "Angels". Her character was killed off after a few minutes of screen time and was replaced by Minka Kelly. She appears in a recurring role in FX's fantasy football sitcom The League and on The CW's comedy-drama Hart of Dixie.

In 2012, Velazquez appeared in the movie Flight, playing flight attendant Katerina Marquez, a supporting role opposite the main protagonist character played by Denzel Washington.[6] In 2013, Velazquez reunited with her former My Name is Earl cast members for a guest appearance in Raising Hope.[7] Velazquez joined the main cast of the TNT series Major Crimes, beginning with season two.[8] She plays Emma Rios, a DA, who is a romantic interest of Raymond Cruz's Julio Sanchez. Cruz played Paco, her boy-friend, on My Name is Earl.

Personal life[edit]

Velazquez was married to talent agent Marc Provissiero in 2005.[9] They divorced in 2011.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Biker Boyz Allison
2004 Blast Luna
2005 Sueño Claudia
2007 War Maria
2009 A Day in the Life Special Agent Natasha
2009 All's Faire in Love Mathilda
2010 Byron Jessica Short film
2012 Guitar Face Ana Lucia Short film
2012 Flight Katerina Marquez
2013 Snitch Analisa
2014 Aztec Warrior Lisa Post-production
2014 Sister Post-production
2014 Sharon 1.2.3. Sharon #2 Post-production
2014 Clarity Adult Carmen Post-production
2015 Bounce Back, TheThe Bounce Back Kristin Peralta Pre-production[citation needed]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Anna TV series
2004 Last Ride, TheThe Last Ride JJ Cruz TV film
2004 Entourage Janeen Episode: "New York"
2005 Hollywood Vice Marla Flynt TV film
2005 House of the Dead 2, TheThe House of the Dead 2 Rodriguez TV film
2005 Las Vegas Myra Gonzalez Episode: "Mothwoman"
2005-2009 My Name Is Earl Catalina Aruca Main role (96 episodes)
2007 Kings of South Beach Olivia Palacios TV film
2008 Husband for Hire Lola TV film
2009 CSI: NY Marcia Vasquez Episode: "Dead Reckoning"
2009 Gary Unmarried Sophia Episode: "Gary and Allison's Friend"
2009-2013 League, TheThe League Sofia Recurring role (20 episodes)
2010 Scrubs Nicole Episode: "Our True Lies"
2010 CSI: Miami Sarah Walker Episode: "Sudden Death"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Linda Leon Episode: "Ko'olauloa"
2011 Charlie's Angels Gloria Martinez Episode: "Angel with a Broken Wing"
2011-2012 Hart of Dixie Didi Ruano Recurring role (6 episodes)
2013 Raising Hope Valentina Episode: "Making the Band"
2013 Arrested Development Rosalita Episode: "It Gets Better"
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself 3 Episodes
2013-2014 Major Crimes D.D.A. Emma Rios Regular role (15 episodes)
2014 Killer Women Martina Alvarez Episode: "La Sicaria"

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