April Lee Hernández

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April Lee Hernandez
Born (1980-01-31) January 31, 1980 (age 36)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Other names April L. Hernandez
April Hernandez-Castillo
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Religion Christianity[citation needed]
Spouse(s) José Castillo
Children Summer Rose

April Lee Hernandez (born January 31, 1980)[1] 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".[1] 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.[1] Hernandez is married to Jose Castillo. The couple welcomed a daughter, Summer Rose, on September 30, 2012.[2]

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.[3] [4] 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.[5] Hernandez has said that she was "determined" to be cast in Freedom Writers.[1] 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.[1]





  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "April Hernandez-Castillo Welcomes Daughter Summer Rose". People. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (2010-06-16). "More New Blood for Dexter: ER's April Lee Hernandez Joins". Dread Central. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  4. ^ Barton, Steve (2010-06-16). "TV: 'Dexter' Gains One More Regular for Fifth Season". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  5. ^ Vincent, Mal (2007-01-05). "Will Freedom Writers earn Swank another Oscar?". Hampton Roads. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 

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