Cerina Vincent

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Cerina Vincent
Cerina Vincent 2006.jpg
Cerina Vincent in 2006
Born (1979-02-07) February 7, 1979 (age 40)
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Ben Waller (m. 2008–2013)
Partner(s)Mike Estes

Cerina Vincent (born February 7, 1979) is an American actress and writer best known for playing Maya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger in the television series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and Suzy Diaz in Stuck in the Middle, as well as her film appearances in Not Another Teen Movie, Cabin Fever, It Waits, and Everybody Wants to Be Italian. She has written three books with Jodi Lipper, and writes a regular column for The Huffington Post.

Early life[edit]

Vincent was born on February 7, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to parents of Italian descent.[1][2] Vincent loved to perform from an early age, encouraged by her mother who was a dance instructor.[1] She performed in a Christmas production at Diskin Elementary School, learning the lines for all the characters.[1] She also appeared in productions at the Rainbow Company Youth Theater, which was sponsored by the Cultural Affairs division of Las Vegas. In 1996, at the age of sixteen, Vincent won the Miss Nevada Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Though she made it to the top 5, she failed to place at the pageant (televised live), which was held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.[2]

Vincent graduated from Durango High School in 1997, and moved to Los Angeles, where she attended Marymount College on a scholarship.[1] Between classes she went on auditions and eventually landed several commercials and a role on USA High for the USA Network.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1999, Vincent appeared in her first film role as a bratty teenager in the thriller Fear Runs Silent, starring Billy Dee Williams.[1] Vincent's first major role as an actress was as the Yellow Galaxy Ranger Maya in the 1999 television series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Vincent later recalled, "It was a great way to learn a lot and get a taste for this business on a small show like that, but for kids. It was cool to be a role model for kids."[2]

Following the success of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Vincent landed roles on MTV's Undressed, Son of the Beach, Malcolm in the Middle, Felicity and Ally McBeal.[1] She also returned as Maya in the two-part Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue episode “Trakeena’s Revenge”, which saw the two teams of Rangers team up.

In 2001, Vincent appeared in the feature film spoof Not Another Teen Movie as the foreign exchange student Areola who appears throughout the entire film nude. The character was a spoof of Shannon Elizabeth's character Nadia in American Pie. Vincent found the role challenging, never having appeared nude in a film, or even auditioned for a nude role. During the course of filming, however, she became more comfortable with the character.[1] In a 2011 interview, Vincent commented on her experience performing nude for the first time:

It's weird, it's hard because your body is your body and it's personal. It's easier to shoot that scene because everyone was professional and my character was ridiculous—I did many different accents in the movie, and it was funny ... it was a comedy. So, shooting the scenes was the easy part—with it being out there forever and ever and ever ... that's more of a mental ... it screws with your head a little bit and you question your decisions, but I don't have any regrets.[3]

In 2003, Vincent starred in the R-rated horror film Cabin Fever, which featured some of her most memorable film moments, including her "leg-shaving" scene and the "plane crash" seduction and sex scene. The film included topless scenes and two sex scenes with two different characters. Fearing that she would be typecast into nude roles, Vincent was cautious about over-exposing herself in the film, which became a point of contention between her and director Eli Roth.[1]

Vincent in 2016

Starting in 2004, Vincent appeared in a series of theatrical and television films, including Murder-Set-Pieces (2004) as the L.A. Girl, Intermedio (2005) as Gen, and Conversations with Other Women (2005) as Sarah the Dancer. In 2005, she appeared in her first starring role in the film It Waits (2005) as forest ranger Danielle "Danny" St. Claire. In 2006, she appeared in The Surfer King as Tiffany, Seven Mummies as Lacy, and the Sci-Fi Channel original movie Sasquatch Mountain as Erin Price, alongside Lance Henriksen. In 2007, she appeared in the television films Manchild and Wifey, as well as Return to House on Haunted Hill as Michelle, and Everybody Wants to Be Italian as Marisa Costa. In 2008, she appeared in Toxic as Malvi, the independent film Just Add Water as The Mrs., and in Fashion Victim.

Vincent returned to television in 2005 with appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Palmetto Pointe and Sex, Love & Secrets. Since then she has worked on the series Bones, Two and a Half Men, Gary Unmarried, Zombie Family, Mike & Molly, and in The Walking Dead. Vincent also returned to films in 2012, appearing in Complacent as Myah Sanderson, Chasing Happiness as Andrea, and played the title role in MoniKa, for which she was the executive producer. In 2013, Vincent appeared in The Thanksgiving House in the role of Ashleigh,[1][4] and produced and starred in the acclaimed horror short Skypemare which also starred Annika Marks, Ryan Dillon, and Adam J. Yeend; the film screened at Telluride Horror Show and ScreamFest 2013 in Los Angeles.[1][5] Vincent has a small role in the indie movie Broken Memories.

From 2016 to 2018, Vincent played Suzy Diaz, mother to seven children on the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle.[6] The series ran for three seasons.

Personal life[edit]

In November 2018, Vincent announced her pregnancy with her first child, a boy with her long time partner Mike Estes.[7] Her son Nicola Vincent "Nico" Apollo was born on February 4, 2019.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Areola
2002 Darkened Room Girl #2 Short film
2002 Cabin Fever Marcy
2004 Final Sale Cerina Short film
2004 Murder-Set-Pieces L.A. Girl
2005 Intermedio Gen
2005 Conversations with Other Women Sarah the Dancer
2005 It Waits Danielle "Danny" St. Claire
2006 The Surfer King Tiffany
2006 Seven Mummies Lacy
2006 Sasquatch Mountain Erin Price
2006 Pennies Kimberly Short film
2007 Return to House on Haunted Hill Michelle Direct-to-video
2007 Everybody Wants to Be Italian Marisa Costa
2008 Toxic Malvi
2008 Just Add Water The Mrs.
2008 Fashion Victim TV Reporter
2010 The United Monster Talent Agency Kay Short film
2012 Complacent Myah Sanderson
2012 Chasing Happiness Andrea
2012 MoniKa Monika Executive producer
2013 The Thanksgiving House Ashleigh
2013 Skypemare Alison Short film; producer
2015 Tag Christine
2015 Broken Memories Sara
2015 Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen Cerina
2015 Kitchen Sink Daisy
2015 Tales of Halloween Ellena Bishop

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Maya/Yellow Galaxy Ranger Main role, 45 episodes
2000 Undressed Kitty 3 episodes
2000 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Maya/Yellow Galaxy Ranger 2 episodes
2000–2002 Son of the Beach Mandy/Sorority Girl 2 episodes
2001 City Guys Nicole 1 episode
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Carly Episode: "Malcolm vs. Reese"
2001 Dead Last Sorority Girl Cindy 1 episode
2001 Felicity Denise Jensen Episode: “Miss Conception”
2002 Ally McBeal Penny Episode: “Another One Bites the Dust”
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gwen Episode: “4x4”
2005 Palmetto Pointe Girl at Party 1 episode
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Party Girl 1 episode
2005 Grounded For Life Heather 1 episode
2006 Bones Denise Episode: “The Girl in Suite 2103”
2007 Manchild Nina Television film
2007 Grasping At Straws Tracy Unsold television Pilot
2007 Wifey Goldie Television film
2008 Two and a Half Men LuLu Episode: “A Little Clammy and None too Fresh”
2009 Gary Unmarried Miss St. James Episode: “Gary Dates Louise’s Teacher”
2012 Zombie Family Cindy Apple 1 episode
2012 Mike & Molly Desri/The Dress 2 episodes
2012–2013 The Walking Dead: Cold Storage Kelly 2 episodes
2014 Workaholics Laura 2 episodes; including “Three and a Half Men”
2014 Californication Lisa 1 episode
2014 Jennifer Falls Caroline Episode: “Staycation”
2015 Stay Filthy, Cali Web series; 3 episodes
2016–2018 Stuck In The Middle Suzy Diaz Main role
2017 Scary Endings Becky Voice role; Episode: “The Water Rises”

Books[edit]

Vincent and her co-writer Jodi Lipper had written a regular column for The Huffington Post since 2007.[9] The last post went up in 2016. The pair have also authored three books:

  • How to Eat Like a Hot Chick. New York: HarperCollins. 2008. ISBN 9780061560866.
  • How to Love Like a Hot Chick. New York: HarperCollins. 2009. ISBN 9780061706448.
  • Live Like a Hot Chick. New York: HarperCollins. 2010. ISBN 9780061959073.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Cerina Vincent Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Farinella, Tony (October 16, 2006). "411 Movies Interview: Cerina Vincent". 411 Mania. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Nydell, Tim (January 17, 2011). "Rock Bottom Interview: Cerina Vincent". Rock Bottom. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Cerina Vincent". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "Cerina Vincent". Scremfest. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (October 22, 2015). "Cerina Vincent & Joe Nieves Join Disney Channel's 'Stuck In The Middle'". Deadline. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Cerina Vincent (November 22, 2018). "Pregnancy Announcement". Facebook. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Juneau, Jen; Leon, Anya (February 6, 2019). "It's a Boy! Stuck in the Middle Star Cerina Vincent Welcomes Son Nicola Vincent Apollo". People.
  9. ^ "Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

7. Exclusive Q&A with Cerina Vincent from ‘Stuck in the Middle’ on the New Season, Her Favorite Beauty Products & More! Feeling the Vibe Magazine. December 6, 2017.

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Preceded by
Alicia Carnes
Miss Nevada Teen USA
1996
Succeeded by
Kaci Thompson