Aimee Garcia

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Aimee Garcia
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Garcia at the 2014 College Television Awards
Born (1978-11-28) November 28, 1978 (age 40)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University
Years active1996–present

Aimee Garcia (born November 28, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Veronica Palmero on the ABC sitcom George Lopez, Yvonne Sanchez on the CBS period drama Vegas, Jamie Batista on the Showtime drama Dexter and Ella Lopez on the Fox turned Netflix drama Lucifer.

Early life[edit]

Aimee Garcia was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] Her mother, Eloisa, is from Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, and graduated from Northwestern University's dental school; her father, Hector, is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was in the U.S. Armed Forces.[1][2] Garcia started acting in commercials as a child, and participated in theatre at seven years old.[2][3] She grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, where she attended Fenwick High School.[1][2] While in school, she took acting classes at Piven Theatre Workshop.[3] She appeared in local plays and musicals during her time at Northwestern University, where she triple majored in economics, journalism, and French.[2] After graduating, she quit acting for a year and did finance work for a mutual fund analyst in Brooklyn, New York.[2] Unsatisfied with the job, she moved to Los Angeles, California, around 2002 to pursue acting as her career.[2]


She was cast as Maria on The WB's Greetings from Tucson and appeared in the Global Frequency television pilot as Aleph. She had a role in the Disney Channel original movie Cadet Kelly (2002), and co-starred, as Lydia, alongside Anthony Anderson in The WB sitcom All About the Andersons. In 2006, she began appearing on the series George Lopez, playing Lopez's niece.

Garcia starred alongside Jessica Simpson in the comedy-drama Major Movie Star (2008). She also played a brief part in the movie D-War (2007) and narrated the Adam Sandler film Spanglish (2004).

From 2009 to 2010, she was in the cast of the Peter Berg NBC medical drama Trauma, as EMT helicopter pilot Marisa Benez.

Garcia spent three years on Showtime's Dexter as Jamie Batista, for which she was nominated for a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in Dramatic Television Series.[4]

She played Dr. Jae Kim in MGM's reboot film, RoboCop (2014).[5]

In 2016, Garcia was added to the main cast for the second season of the Fox television series Lucifer, playing LAPD forensic scientist Ella Lopez.[6] In 2019, Garcia starred in the independent film El Chicano, receiving praise from The Hollywood Reporter for her performance's "vivid impression".[7]

Garcia co-wrote the comic book series GLOW vs. The Babyface with former professional wrestler AJ Mendez, based on the television series GLOW; the first of four issues will be published by IDW Publishing in November 2019.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Garcia resides in Los Angeles, California.[2]


Garcia at the San Diego Comic Con International on July 18, 2013


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Homecoming Jodi Film debut
2001 Betaville Ruby Derain (young)
2002 The Good Girl Nurse
2003 Boys Life 4: Four Play Caitlan Segment: "L.T.R."
2004 D.E.B.S. Maria
Chicago Boricua Lola
Spanglish Cristina Moreno / Narrator Voice role
2005 A Lot Like Love Nicole
Cruel World Gina
Dirty Rita
2006 The Alibi Operator #1
Mercy Street Alicia Johnson
2007 Graduation Suzy Winters
D-War Brandy
Dead Tone Jody Walters
2008 Universal Signs Trish
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Private Vicky Castillo
2009 Shrink Check out Girl
B-Girl Rosie
2011 Convincing Clooney Amy
Go for It! Carmen Salgado
2014 RoboCop Jae Kim
2016 Sister Cities Sarah
2018 What They Had Dr. Zoe
Saint Judy Celi
2019 El Chicano Vanessa
The Addams Family Denise Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
1999 ER Leanne Lawler Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2001 Resurrection Blvd. Sylvia Episode: "La Partida"
The Agency Motel Housekeeper 2 episodes
V.I.P. Receptionist Episode: "The Uncle from V.A.L."
2002 Cadet Kelly Gloria Disney Channel original movie
Angel Cynthia York Episode: "Birthday"
American Family Young Nina 5 episodes
2002 MDs Gina Willis Episode: "Time of Death"
2002–03 Greetings from Tucson Maria Tiant 22 episodes
2003–04 All About the Andersons Lydia Serrano 16 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Lizzie Posner Episode: "Nevada State"
2005 CSI: NY Rhonda Chavez Episode: "City of the Dolls"
2006 Lovespring International Sparkles Episode: "Homeless Rockstar"
2006–07 George Lopez Veronica Palmero 20 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Melissa Gentry Episode: "Big Shots"
Standoff Tina Markovich Episode: "Severance"
2008 Supernatural Nancy Fitzgerald Episode: "Jus in Bello"
My Boys Amy Episode: "Take My Work Wife... Please"
CSI: Miami Andrea Rinell Episode: "Won't Get Fueled Again"
2009 Gary Unmarried Anna Episode: "Gary and Dennis' Sister"
Bones Jennifer Keating Episode: "The Science in the Physicist"
Family Guy Nicole Episode: "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag"
2009–10 Trauma Marisa Benez 20 episodes
2011 Off the Map Alma 5 episodes
Love Bites Steffi Episode: "Boys to Men"
Hawaii Five-0 Karla Episode: "Pahele"
2011–13 Dexter Jamie Batista 34 episodes
2012–13 Vegas Yvonne Sanchez 14 episodes
Motorcity Tennie (voice) 3 episodes
2014 About a Boy Stacy Episode: "About an Angry Ex"
2015 Impastor Leeane 2 episodes
2016 Rush Hour Didi Diaz Main role
2016–present Lucifer Ella Lopez Main role; Seasons 2-present
2017 Family Guy Isabella Episode: "Dearly Deported"


Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress – Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie George Lopez Nominated [9]
2007 Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television George Lopez Nominated [10]
2012 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated [4]
2013 ALMA Awards Special Achievement in Television (shared with Lauren Vélez and David Zayas) Dexter Won [11]


  1. ^ a b c Nunn, Jerry (November 23, 2011). "Interview: Aimee Garcia". Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "'Chicago always lives in my heart' — Aimee Garcia". Chicagoly. Joe Coughlin. December 18, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "In character: Aimee Garcia". Chicago Splash. August 5, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Complete List of 2012 SAG Award Winners and Nominees". Reuters. January 29, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (September 17, 2012). "'Dexter' Actress Joins MGM's 'Robocop' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Mason, Charlie (June 23, 2016). "Lucifer Adds Aimee Garcia for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Scheck, Frank (May 1, 2019). "'El Chicano': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  8. ^ McMillan, Graeme (August 19, 2019). "'GLOW' Comic Returns With Actor/Wrestler Tag-Team Writing Duo". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 19, 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "2007 ALMA Award Nominees". ALMA Awards. Archived from the original on February 29, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Abbott, Denise (July 26, 2007). "Imagen noms celebrate Latino portrayals". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Honorees & nominees". ALMA Awards. Retrieved August 14, 2018.

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