Daniella Alonso

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Daniella Alonso
Daniella Alonso at the 2014 Alma Awards.jpg
Alonso at the October 2014 Alma Awards
New York City, U.S.
OccupationActress, fashion model
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Jeff Schine

Daniella Alonso is an American actress and former fashion model. She has appeared in a number of horror films, including The Hills Have Eyes 2 and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End. Alonso was a regular cast member in the NBC post-apocalyptic series Revolution from 2012 to 2013, and the medical drama The Night Shift in 2014. Alonso also appeared in the first season of the TNT crime drama Animal Kingdom in 2016, and in 2019 began starring as Cristal Flores in the third season of The CW prime time soap opera, Dynasty.

Early life[edit]

Alonso was born in New York City and is of Puerto Rican, Filipino, Peruvian, Indian, and Japanese heritage. She has stated that she "grew up in a pretty much all woman household in NYC", but added that her father, grandfather and uncles had "strong influences" in her life as well.[2] She has a brother. She has participated in karate, in which she holds a fourth level green belt. She loves animals and supports PETA,[3] posing in a 2013 advertising campaign that asked consumers to wear synthetic leather.[4]

Discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency, Alonso began booking jobs for teen magazines like Seventeen, YM, and Teen, which led to her booking commercials for Clairol, Cover girl, Clean and Clear, Kmart, Target, Footlocker, Volkswagen, and others. She has done over thirty national commercials and 20-plus Spanish market advertisements, as well.[5]


Alonso speaking at the 2013 WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California

In television, Alonso began her career with guest appearances on Law & Order and As the World Turns. She had her first break with a recurring role as Anna Taggaro in Season 2 of The WB drama series One Tree Hill (2004-05). Then she began appearing in horror movies including Hood of Horror (2006), The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007), Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) and The Collector (2009). She has also had guest appearances in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Private Practice, Rizzoli & Isles and Castle.

In 2007, she began a recurring role in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2007-08) as Carlotta Alonso. In 2010, Alonso starred in the short-lived ABC drama series My Generation. From 2012 to 2013, she starred in the NBC post-apocalyptic series Revolution as Nora Clayton. Alonso later starred in the first season of another NBC series The Night Shift as Dr. Landry de la Cruz, that aired on the summer of 2014. In 2015, she had a recurring role in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane.

In 2015, Alonso starred in two films; first was Re-Kill a horror film, and the box office hit comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opposite Kevin James.[6] In 2016, she starred in the first season of TNT crime drama Animal Kingdom. The following year, she went to star in the ABC drama pilot Las Reinas, but it not was picked up to series.[7] She later had recurring roles on Criminal Minds and The Resident. In 2019, she joined the cast of The CW prime time soap opera Dynasty replacing Ana Brenda Contreras in the role of Cristal Jennings.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

On November 5, 2020, Alonso said on a podcast that she is pregnant with her first child.[10] She gave birth to a girl in 2021.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Academy Boyz Lisa
2001 Black Knight June
2003 Rhythm of the Saints Rena
2006 The Last Romantic
2006 All You've Got Rada Kincaid
2006 Hood of Horror Posie Santana
2007 The Hills Have Eyes 2 PFC Marisol 'Missy' Martinez
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Amber
2007 A Poor Kid's Guide to Success Nicole
2009 Love 10 to 1 Cali
2009 Love Song Cali Short film
2009 We Were Once a Fairytale Sofa Girl Short film
2009 The Collector Lisa O'Brien
2013 The Mulberry Tree Maria Ramirez
2015 Re-Kill Matthews
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Divina Martinez
2016 Lawless Range Claudia Donnelly
2018 Maybe I'm Fine Sage
2020 Darkness Falls Kelly Alderman
2020 Isolated Victim Liliana Santana


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Angie Suarez Episode: "Jones"
2003 Law & Order Maddi Donlou Episode: "Mother's Day"
2004 As the World Turns Pilar Domingo TV series
2004–2005 One Tree Hill Anna Taggaro Recurring role (12 episodes)
2006 CSI: NY Jenny Rodriguez Episode: "Cool Hunter"
2007 CSI: Miami Alexis Dawson Episode: "Born to Kill"
2007 Saving Grace Lily Blackbird Episode: "Yeehaw, Geepaw"
2007–2008 Friday Night Lights Carlotta Alonso Recurring role (10 episodes)
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Katana Labrea Episode: "The Lost Tribe"
2008 Without a Trace Dr. Erica Loza Episode: "Push Comes to Shove"
2009 Knight Rider Lynn Episode: "Exit Light, Enter Knight"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Liz Martin / Rosa Gonzales Episode: "Deep Fried and Minty Fresh"
2009 Medium Elizabeth Torres Episode: "Baby Fever"
2010 My Generation Brenda Serrano Main role (8 episodes)
2011 Metro Daniela Diaz Unsold TV pilot; aka. S.I.L.A.
2011 Mad Love Nurse Episode: "Friends and Other Obstacles"
2011 In Plain Sight Sue Shears / Sue Stills Episode: "Provo-Cation"
2012 Private Practice Reyna Reyes Episode: "True Colors"
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Riley Cooper Episodes: "Cuts Like a Knife", "Melt My Heart to Stone"
2012 Covert Affairs Therapist Episodes: "This Is Not America", "Hello Stranger"
2012 Upgrade Santiago Twin 1 TV film, executive producer and director
2012–2014 Revolution Nora Clayton Main role (season 1, 20 episodes); guest role (season 2, 1 episode)
2014 The Night Shift Dr. Landry de la Cruz Main role (season 1)
2015 Being Mary Jane Marisol Recurring role (6 episodes)
2015 Castle Maria Sanchez guest role (Season 7, Episode 6 "The Time of Our Lives")
2015 Major Crimes Lori Weber Season 4 Episode 17: "FindKaylaWeber"
2016 iZombie Alyssa Tramall Episode: "Fifty Shades of Grey Matter"
2016 Animal Kingdom Catherine Main role (season 1, 8 episodes)
2017 Lethal Weapon Maria Navar Episode: "A Problem Like Maria"
2017 MacGyver Alejandra Rosa Episode: "Duct Tape + Jack"
2018 SEAL Team Leigh Wheeler Episode "Containment"
2018 The Magicians Miss King Episode: "The Losses of Magic"
2018 Criminal Minds Lisa Douglas Recurring role (3 episodes)
2018–2019 The Resident Zoey Barlow Recurring role (5 episodes)
2019–present Dynasty Cristal Carrington, Rita Main role (season 3–present)[12]


  1. ^ "Daniela Alonso". Instagram.
  2. ^ "Revolution's Daniella Alonso on Her Character & the Season". LATINA. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Daniella Alonso/Nora Clayton" NBC.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-26.
  4. ^ "Latin American Herald Tribune – Actress Joins PETA Campaign for Fashion Without Cruelty". www.laht.com.
  5. ^ "Daniella Alonso Bio – Revolution TV Show". October 11, 2012. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Revolution' Actress Daniella Alonso Joins Kevin James in Paul Blart 2". April 7, 2014.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2017). "Las Reinas: Daniella Alonso to Play the Lead in ABC Crime Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Bennett, Anita (July 30, 2019). "Dynasty Recasts Cristal Jennings with Daniella Alonso Stepping into the Role". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (October 11, 2019). "Dynasty: Daniella Alonso Upped To Series Regular In Cristal Role; Michael Michele, Sam Underwood, Adam Huber Also Promoted". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Berlin, Elliot (November 5, 2020). "Daniella Alonso - Before Birth". Informed Pregnancy Podcast. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "Daniela Alonso". Instagram.
  12. ^ Swift, Andy (July 30, 2019). "Dynasty Recast: Daniella Alonso Joins Season 3 as New Cristal Jennings". TVLine. Retrieved July 30, 2019.

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