|Born||Tia Nicole Tucker
December 14, 1971
Louisiana, United States
|Years active||1993 - present|
Tia Texada (born Tia Nicole Tucker; December 14, 1971) is an American actress and singer. She is probably best known for portraying the role of Sgt. Maritza Cruz from the American television show Third Watch and for her role as Shay on ABC Family's Huge. Texada has a secondary career as a voice-over actor and has done some modeling.
Texada's most recent appearance[when?] was as a guest star in an episode of In Plain Sight. She has also appeared on Chuck ("Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat"), as guest star in Saving Grace, Everybody Hates Chris (as Miss Rivera), in two episodes of The Unit, and appeared in Criminal Minds (Season 3, Episode 17) as Detective Tina Lopez. She played Sgt. Maritza Cruz in the NBC Drama Third Watch in the last three of its six seasons.
She also has appeared in movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Paulie (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Bait (2000), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Glitter (2001), Phone Booth (2003), and Spartan (2004).
She played the voice of Isabel Vasquez in the TV movie Firebreather. Texada has lent her voice to the animated series Static Shock as well as television commercials. She is currently the voice of Elena Validus on the animated show Ben 10: Ultimate Alien as Alyssa Diaz's voice double.
She appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man, where she is (accidentally) stripped out of her top by Peter Parker.