April Lee Hernández

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April Lee Hernandez
Born (1980-01-31) January 31, 1980 (age 38)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Other names April L. Hernandez
April Hernandez-Castillo
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) José Castillo
Children Summer Rose

April Lee Hernandez (born January 31, 1980)[2] is an American film and television actress. She has also been credited as April L. Hernandez and April Hernandez-Castillo.

Personal life[edit]

Hernandez grew up near the Grand Concourse in The Bronx. She is of Puerto Rican descent and has described herself as a "strong Latina".[2] Hernandez studied nutrition in Hunter College, but dropped out to pursue a comedy career after being inspired by John Leguizamo's off-Broadway production Mambo Mouth.[2] Hernandez is married to Jose Castillo. The couple had a daughter, Summer Rose, on September 30, 2012.[3]

Acting career[edit]


Aside from performing stand-up comedy, she has also appeared in several commercials, as well as on the television series ER, Law & Order, and 30 Rock. In June 2010 she was cast for the American cult series Dexter.[4] [5] She appeared in the television series Person of Interest episode "Legacy", which aired on January 18, 2012, in which she played an attorney who had turned her life around after a checkered childhood.


She is known for her role in the 2007 drama Freedom Writers, in which she played Eva, based on real-life high school student Maria Reyes.[6] Hernandez has said that she was "determined" to be cast in Freedom Writers.[2] She admires Jennifer Lopez, and has stated that Lopez "opened the door for me so that I don't have to take certain roles" as a Hispanic-American actress.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Big Wes Reina Short
2007 Freedom Writers Eva Benitez
2008 Broken Mara Short
2009 Big Wes, TheThe Big Wes Reina
2012 History of Future Folk, TheThe History of Future Folk Carmen
2013 Officer Down Coraline
2015 Stockroom, TheThe Stockroom Tina


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Law & Order Shayna Rosario "Can I Get a Witness?"
2005 Jonny Zero Salome "No Good Deed", "La Familia"
2005 Blind Justice Cindy "Seoul Man"
2005-06 ER Nurse Inez Recurring role
2007 30 Rock Vikki "Black Tie"
2009 Nurse Jackie Beth "Pilot"
2009 Rescue Me Marla "Drink"
2010 Dexter Off. Cira Manzon Recurring role
2011 East WillyB Maggie "You've Been Served", "Baseball's Dead"
2012 Person of Interest Andrea Gutierrez "Legacy"
2014 Black Box Elmira Villetti "Exceptional or Dead"
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sonya Amaro "Padre Sandunguero"
2015 Following, TheThe Following Louise "Boxed In", "Exposed"
2016 Elementary Roxanne Ortiz "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
2016 Feed the Beast Blanca Herrera "Father of the Year", "Screw You, Randy", "Secret Sauce"


  1. ^ "April Hernandez-Castillo: Finding God". CBN. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bastidas, Grace (2007-01-10). "April Rules: Bronx-Born Beauty the New J. Lo?". New York Post. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  3. ^ "April Hernandez-Castillo Welcomes Daughter Summer Rose". People. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  4. ^ Miska, Brad (2010-06-16). "More New Blood for Dexter: ER's April Lee Hernandez Joins". Dread Central. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (2010-06-16). "TV: 'Dexter' Gains One More Regular for Fifth Season". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  6. ^ Vincent, Mal (2007-01-05). "Will Freedom Writers earn Swank another Oscar?". Hampton Roads. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 

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