Dania Ramirez

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Dania Ramirez
Dania Ramirez Comic Con 2017.jpg
Dania Ramirez in 2017
Dania Jissel Ramírez

(1979-11-08) November 8, 1979 (age 41)
Alma materMontclair State University
Years active1997–present
Bev Land
(m. 2013)

Dania Jissel Ramirez (born November 8, 1979)[1] is a Dominican-American television 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. She portrayed Rosie Falta on Lifetime's Devious Maids from June 2013 until its cancellation in 2016. In July 2017, Ramirez joined the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time for its softly-rebooted seventh season in a starring role as Cinderella.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[3] 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.[4]

Dania Ramirez started at Montclair State University at 16 years old. She graduated 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.[5] She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.[4]


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 then fiancé Jessy Terrero),[6][7] Santana's "Into the Night" (2007), as well as "Cry Baby Cry" (a collaboration of Santana and Sean Paul). Ramirez has also appeared in Wisin & Yandel's music video "Dime Qué Te Pasó", in which she played the main character, the wife and mother of a military man in Iraq who finds out her husband died at war. She was also featured in hip-hop group Sporty Thievz's video "Cheapskate" in 1998.[citation needed]

Dania Ramirez at the Spring 2009 collection Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.


Ramirez appeared as an extra in the HBO film Subway Stories (1997), where she met filmmaker Spike Lee who later cast her in the film She Hate Me (2004).[8] She played older sister "Laurie" in the movie Fat Albert (2004).[9] 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.[10][11]


Ramirez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as Blanca Selgado[12] a recurring role during season six of The Sopranos.[13]

Ramirez portrayed the character of Maya Herrera on the TV series Heroes.[14] She was a guest judge on episode five 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 seven on the TV series Entourage.

From 2013 to 2016, she had been part of the main cast of Devious Maids, which aired on the Lifetime network for four seasons. She portrayed Rosie Falta, one of the main characters and titular protagonists of the series.[3]

In July 2017, Ramirez was cast as a series regular in the softly-rebooted final season of Once Upon a Time. She portrayed Jacinda Vidrio, the real-world counterpart of the series' second iteration of Cinderella. In 2018, Ramirez was cast in another fairytale-themed drama, Tell Me a Story for CBS All Access. Ramirez played Hannah Perez, loosely based on Gretel from Hansel and Gretel.

Ramirez and Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere.

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[when?] 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".[15]

Personal life[edit]

Dania dated Soul Plane director Jessy Terrero until 2008.[citation needed] She became engaged in September 2011 to director John Beverly "Bev" Land.[16] The couple married on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on February 16, 2013.[17][18][19] Land has a son, Kai Miles, with former wife Sharon Leal.[20] On July 15, 2013, Ramirez announced that she was pregnant with twins.[21] She gave birth to fraternal twins: a son (John) and a daughter (Gaia).[22][23]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 25th Hour Daphne
2004 Little Black Boot Laurie Rodriguez Short film
The Ecology of Love Alila
Cross Bronx Mia
She Hate Me Alex Guerrero
Fat Albert Lauri
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Callisto
2007 Illegal Tender Ana
2008 Ball Don't Lie Carmen
The Fifth Commandment Angel
Quarantine Sadie
2010 Brooklyn to Manhattan Jessica
2012 American Reunion Selena
Premium Rush Vanessa
2015 Mojave Detective Beaumont
2017 Lycan Isabella Cruz
2018 Off the Menu Javiera Torres
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Scandal Savage Voice
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level NPC Seductress Flame


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Caridad 3 episodes
2003 Run of the House Lucy Episode: "The Party"
2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Inez Episode: "Gypsy Road"
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Elena Movie
2006–2007 The Sopranos Blanca Selgado 5 episodes
2007 Fort Pit Angela Hardwick Movie
2007–2008 Heroes Maya Herrera Series regular (15 episodes)
2009 Solving Charlie Veronica King Television film
2010 America's Next Top Model Herself / Guest Judge 2 episodes
Entourage Alex 10 episodes in season 7
2013–2016 Devious Maids[24] Rosie Falta Main role, 49 episodes
2013–2016 The Talk Herself / Guest Co-Hostess 6 episodes
2015 First Response Camilla Television film
2017–2018 Once Upon a Time Cinderella / Jacinda Vidrio Series regular (Season 7)
2018 Justice League Action Red Velvet Episode: "She Wore Red Velvet"
2018–2019 Tell Me a Story Hannah Perez Series regular (season 1)
2021 Sweet Tooth[25] Aimee Series regular


Year Association Category Work Result
2008 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series Heroes Nominated[26]
2014 Imagen Awards Best Actress –Television Devious Maids Nominated[27]
2015 Nominated
2016 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance–Comedy Devious Maids Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dania Ramirez". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2017-07-06). "Once Upon a Time Season 7 Reset: Gabrielle Anwar, Devious Maids Alum, Reign Star Among 5 New Additions". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  3. ^ a b "Interview: Devious Maids' Dania Ramirez on making it in America". South China Morning Post. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  4. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  5. ^ MSU Volleyball Records (Career) Archived May 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine from the Montclair State University website
  6. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2004-09-24). "LL Brings It Back To The 'Hood For 'Hush' Video". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  7. ^ Sanchez, Mercedes (2006-05-10). "Dueling Dania" (PDF). New York Post. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  8. ^ "Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing She Hate Me on Its 11th Anniversary". Indiewire. 23 July 2015. Archived from the original on 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  9. ^ "5 join the cast of Fat Albert". movieweb. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (June 8, 2010). "Thesp's in a 'Rush' for Columbia". Variety. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  11. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 31, 2011). "'American Reunion' adds Dania Ramirez". Variety. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  12. ^ "Fast Facts". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Dania Ramirez Biography". buddy tv. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  14. ^ Nellie Andreeva , AP (2007-01-06). "Ramirez lands 'Heroes' role | Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah Launch CoverGirl's Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign". Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Land’s fiancee, Dania Ramirez, came up with the idea. She had written two verses and a bridge.
  17. ^ "Dania Ramirez Marries Director John Beverly Amos Land!". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Dania Ramirez Married". latina.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  19. ^ "Dania Ramirez Marries Director John Beverly Amos Land!". lipstickalley.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 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.
  21. ^ "'Devious Maids' Star Dania Ramirez Reveals She Having Twins By Sharing Sonogram". Fox News Latino. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  22. ^ Michaud, Sarah; Hernandez, Lee (10 January 2014). "Dania Ramirez Welcomes Twins Gaia Jissel and John Aether". People. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  23. ^ Johnson, Zach (20 December 2013). "Dania Ramirez Gives Birth to Twins". E! Online. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  24. ^ "Dania Ramirez 'Devious Maids'".
  25. ^ https://deadline.com/2020/07/dania-ramirez-joins-sweet-tooth-cast-netflix-series-eyes-production-start-new-zealand-1202999204/
  26. ^ "ALMA Awards 2009 nominees". LA Times. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  27. ^ "Nominees for the 29th Annual Imagen Awards Announced". imagen.org/. Archived from the original on 24 June 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2016.

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