Dania Ramirez

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Dania Ramirez
Dania Ramirez August 1, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Ramirez at the 29th Annual Imagen Awards Gala on August 1, 2014
Born Dania Jissel Ramirez[1][2]
(1979-11-08) November 8, 1979 (age 36)[3]
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Bev Land (m. 2013)
Children 2

Dania Jissel Ramirez (born November 8, 1979)[4] is a Dominican American TV and film actress.

Her credits include the roles of Maya Herrera in Heroes, Alex in Entourage, and Blanca during the last season of The Sopranos on television. Her film roles include Alex Guerrero in She Hate Me and Callisto in the feature film X-Men: The Last Stand.

Since June 23, 2013, she has portrayed Rosie Falta on Lifetime's Devious Maids.

Early life[edit]

Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At an early age, she decided to become an actress. As a young child, she would reenact telenovelas for her family. She was discovered by a modeling scout while working in a convenience store at the age of 15, and was cast in a small part in a soda commercial. Later, she decided to pursue acting seriously and studied at the Actor's Workshop in New York City under Flo Greenberg.[5]

She graduated from Montclair State University in 2001, where her volleyball talents led her to be placed among the top five in career digs, digs/game, solo blocks and total blocks.[6] She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.[5]


Music videos[edit]

Ramirez has appeared in several music videos, including Jay-Z's Streets is Watching (1998), De La Soul's All Good feat. Chaka Khan (2000), LL Cool J's "Hush" (2005; directed by her fiancè, Jessy Terrero),[7][8] Santana's "Into the Night" (2007), as well as "Cry Baby Cry" (a Santana and Sean Paul collaboration). Ramirez has also appeared in Wisin & Yandel's music video "Dime Que Te Paso", in which she played the main character, the wife and mother of a military man at war in Iraq who finds out her husband died at war. She was also featured in Hip-Hop group Sporty Thievz video "Cheapskate" back in 1998.


Ramirez appeared as an extra in the HBO film Subway Stories (1997), where she met filmmaker Spike Lee who later cast her in his film, She Hate Me (2004). She played older sister "Laurie" in the movie Fat Albert (2004). She was Callisto, one of The Omegas, in the comic book film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). She went on to star in The 5th Commandment in 2008, a film written by and starring Rick Yune. In 2012, Ramirez appeared in two films, playing Selena in American Reunion, and a bicycle messenger in Premium Rush.[9][10]


Ramirez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as Blanca Selgado, a recurring role during the sixth season of The Sopranos.

Ramirez portrayed the character of Maya on the TV series Heroes.[11] She was a guest judge on episode 5 of Cycle 14 of America's Next Top Model. She also guest starred as Alex, an employee of Turtle's and begins a relationship with Turtle in season 7 on the TV series Entourage.

Ramirez is currently part of the main cast of Devious Maids airing on the Lifetime network as Rosie Falta.[12]

Other media[edit]

Ramirez has appeared in several magazine spreads. She has also been listed in several of the world's top publications' "Sexiest Ladies of the Year" lists. She has recently been added to the roster of models for CoverGirl Cosmetics. In March 2010, Ramirez and Queen Latifah launched the company's "Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Ramirez and Soul Plane director Jessy Terrero dated until 2008.[14] She became engaged in September 2011 to director John Amos Beverly Land (known as Bev Land professionally).[15] The couple married on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on February 16, 2013.[16][17][18] Land has a son, Kai (born September 13, 2001), with ex-wife Sharon Leal.[19] On July 15, 2013, Ramirez announced that she was pregnant with twins.[20] On December 17, 2013, she gave birth to fraternal twins, son John Aether Ramirez Land, and daughter Gaia Jissel Ramirez Land.[1][21]


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Subway Series Unknown role Extra
2002 25th Hour Daphne
2004 Little Black Boot Laurie Rodriguez Short film
2004 Ecology of Love, TheThe Ecology of Love Alila
2004 Cross Bronx Mia
2004 She Hate Me Alex Guerrero
2004 Fat Albert Lauri
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Callisto
2007 Illegal Tender Ana
2008 Ball Don't Lie Carmen
2008 Fifth Commandment, TheThe Fifth Commandment Angel
2008 Quarantine Sadie
2010 Brooklyn to Manhattan Jessica
2012 American Reunion Selena
2012 Premium Rush Vanessa
2015 Mojave Detective Beaumont Post-production
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Caridad 3 episodes
2003 Run of the House Lucy 1 episode
2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Inez 1 episode
2005 Dr. Phil Herself/Guest 1 episode
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Elena TV movie
2006–07 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Blanca Selgado 5 episodes
2007 Fort Pit Angela Hardwick TV movie
2007–08 Heroes Maya Herrera Series regular; 15 episodes
2009 Solving Charlie Veronica King TV movie
2010 Entourage Alex Season 7, episodes 1–10: 10 episodes
2013–present Devious Maids[22] Rosie Falta Main role

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2008 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series Heroes Nominated
2014 Imagen Awards Best Actress - Television Devious Maids Nominated
2015 Imagen Awards Best Actress - Television Devious Maids Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michaud, Sarah; Hernandez, Lee (10 January 2014). "Dania Ramirez Welcomes Twins Gaia Jissel and John Aether". People. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Staff. "Dania Ramirez". IMDb.com. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Dania Ramirez on TV.com
  4. ^ "Dania Ramirez". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  5. ^ a b Venable, Malcolm (2004-12-01). "Dania Ramirez: with boundary-breaking boosters like Bill Cosby and Spike Lee, she's building a career by busting down stereotypes". Interview. Retrieved 2008-09-07. [dead link]
  6. ^ MSU Volleyball Records (Career) from the Montclair State University website
  7. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2004-09-24). "LL Brings It Back To The 'Hood For 'Hush' Video". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  8. ^ Sanchez, Mercedes (2006-05-10). "Dueling Dania" (PDF). New York Post. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  9. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (June 8, 2010). "Thesp's in a 'Rush' for Columbia". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 31, 2011). "'American Reunion' adds Dania Ramirez". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ Although, recently, her character Maya has been written off. New Female Joins Heroes Cast from The Hollywood Reporter
  12. ^ "Dania Ramirez Teases Huge 'Devious Maids' Shockers". tv.yahoo.com. August 16, 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah Launch CoverGirl’s Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign". Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.a c e showbiz.com/news/view/w0005091.html
  15. ^ http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/09/22/1746493/bev-lands-music-video.html Land’s fiancee, Dania Ramirez, came up with the idea. She had written two verses and a bridge.
  16. ^ "Dania Ramirez Marries Director John Beverly Amos Land!". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Dania Ramirez Married". latina.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dania Ramirez Marries Director John Beverly Amos Land!". lipstickalley.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  19. ^ http://bostonpublic.tktv.net/news.html 10.30.01 - The November 6th issue of Soap Opera Digest reports that Sharon Leal and fiancé Bev Land welcomed their first child, Kai Miles Land, into the world on September 13th.
  20. ^ "‘Devious Maids’ Star Dania Ramirez Reveals She Having Twins By Sharing Sonogram". Fox News Latino. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Johnson, Zach (20 December 2013). "Dania Ramirez Gives Birth to Twins". E! Online. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Dania Ramirez 'Devious Maids'". 

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