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Diane Guerrero

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Diane Guerrero
Diane Guerrero 2016.jpg
Guerrero at the 2016 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1986-07-21) July 21, 1986 (age 31)
New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actress, author, philanthropist
Years active 2011–present

Diane Guerrero (born July 21, 1986)[1][2] is an American actress and author. She is known for her roles as inmate Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and Lina on Jane the Virgin. Among her other roles was a recurring role on Are We There Yet? Guerrero grew up in Boston and remained there after the rest of her family was deported to Colombia. She is an advocate for immigration reform. Her role on Orange Is the New Black has contributed to three consecutive wins for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Guerrero is the author of In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, a memoir about her parents being detained and deported when she was fourteen.

Early life[edit]

Guerrero was born in New Jersey to Colombian parents and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. As the only member of her immediate family with United States citizenship, she remained in the U.S. when her parents and older brother were deported back to Colombia when she was 14.[1][3] Her parents had pursued legal citizenship, but their representation failed them.[4]

Guerrero was raised in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston after being taken in by other Colombian families.[1] She has had an interest in acting since a young age and took advantage of free opportunities in the neighborhood or at school. Then she attended Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school, where she was in the music department.[5] Among her high school activities was singing with a jazz group, but she anticipated pursuing political science and communications in college.[5] In 2010, she appeared in the Faces music video that was shot in Norwood, Massachusetts for Louie Bello.[6] Her first job after college was in a law office.[5] At age 24, she decided to pursue a career in acting.[7] In 2011, she moved to New York City and studied acting at the Susan Batson Studios where she met her manager Josh Taylor.[5] Guerrero's life experience compels her to advocate for immigration reform and is an influence that she draws upon in her acting.[8][9]


She auditioned for a role on Devious Maids, but was cast in Orange is the New Black, where she plays a Bronx-bred character that she feels is likely Puerto Rican.[5] For season 2, she was part of the cast that earned recognition for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards.[10][11] The cast earned recognition for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series again at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards and 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards.[12][13] She has had a recurring role on Are We There Yet?.

In 2014, she appeared in Emoticon ;), a comedy about a May–December romance in which her character's father is involved with a doctoral candidate.[14] Her performance in this film as Amanda ("Mandy") Nevins, an adopted teenage child, elicited positive criticism such as a description of a "well-drawn smaller moment" that was "beautifully rendered" according to Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter and a performance that "command sympathy" according to Inkoo Kang of the Los Angeles Times.[15][16]

One of her upcoming roles is as an 1800s Cuban confederate spy, loosely based on the life of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, for Peter and John.[5] She was cast in The CW's series Jane the Virgin in a recurring role.[17][18] In February 2015, Guerrero was cast as the female lead in CBS' television pilot for Super Clyde,[19] but the show was not picked up for series when CBS announced its fall schedule in May.[20] Guerrero has upcoming film roles in Happy Yummy Chicken, Beyond Control and The Godmother.[21]

In 2016, Guerrero released In the Country We Love: My Family Divided a memoir about her parents being detained and deported when she was fourteen. The book's written with Michelle Burford and published by Henry Holt and Co.[22][23]

Guerrero is the lead in a CBS drama under development for the 2017–18 United States network television season based on and sharing the title of her memoir, In the Country We Love. Guerrero will portray a successful corporate attorney who takes on pro bono cases for undocumented immigrants after her own past as the child of deported parents is revealed by a family emergency.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Ashley/Amber Ashley Short film
2011 Festival Ivan Model 2
2012 Open Vacancy Tatiana
2012 Saved by the Pole Princess Short film
2014 Emoticon ;) Amanda Nevins
2014 My Man Is a Loser Malea
2015 Beyond Control Tasha
2015 Love Comes Later Short film
2015 Peter and John Lucia
2016 Happy Yummy Chicken Cheryl Davis
TBD Beyond Control Tasha In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Body of Proof Sara Gonzales Episode: "Buried Secrets"
2012 Are We There Yet? Stacey 4 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Maritza Ramos Recurring role
2013 Pushing Dreams Lynette Melendez
2013 Blue Bloods Carmen Episode: "This Way Out"
2013 Person of Interest Ashley Episode: "Liberty"
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Carmen Lopez Episode: "1.2"
2014–present Jane the Virgin Lina Santillan Recurring role
2015 Super Clyde Maddy


  1. ^ a b c Rivera, Zayda (June 5, 2014). "Diane Guerrero returns for 'Orange is the New Black' second season". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Twitter / dianeguerrero_: Thank you everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes". Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Carolina Morneno (June 18, 2014). "OITNB's Diane Guerrero Opens Up About Her Parents' Deportation". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Guerrero, Diane (November 15, 2014). "Op-Ed: 'Orange is the New Black' actress: My parents were deported". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Erazo, Vanessa (June 5, 2014). "Diane Guerrero of ‘Orange is the New Black’ is on the Front Lines of Fighting for More Latinas on TV". Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tracked Down: Mayor Tom Menino, Doug Flutie, Louie Bello & more...". Boston Herald. March 28, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Caceres, Juan (May 28, 2014). "LatinoBuzz: Emoticon;) – Interview with Livia De Paolis & Diane Guerrero". Indiewire. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ Ramirez, Tanisha L. (June 19, 2014). "OITNB’s Diane Guerrero Opens Up About Her Parents' Deportation". Cosmopolitan Latina. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rodriguez, Priscilla (June 16, 2014). "Diane Guerrero of OITNB Discusses How Her Family Was Deported When She Was 14". Latina. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ Leeds, Sarene (January 26, 2015). "SAG Awards: The Complete 2015 Winners List". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (January 26, 2015). "SAG Awards 2015: 'Birdman' feathers its nest as Oscars nears". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ "SAG Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. January 30, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ "SAG Awards Winners: Complete List". Variety. January 29, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ Gates, Anita (May 2, 2014). "Summer Movie Release Schedule". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Scheck, Frank (October 14, 2013). "Emoticon ;): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Kang, Inkoo (May 29, 2014). "Review 'Emoticon ;)' attempts to tackle relationships in 140 counts or less". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (May 16, 2014). "Fall TV previews: The CW has superheroes and virgins on deck". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  18. ^ Trivino, Jesus (May 31, 2014). "#Interview With Diane Guerrero of ‘Orange Is The New Black'". Latina. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (February 25, 2015). "Diane Guerrero Joins CBS’ ‘Super Clyde'; Margot Bingham In ABC’s ‘Flesh And Blood’". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 13, 2015). "CBS 2015-16 Primetime Schedule: 'Supergirl' to Monday in November, 'Limitless' on Tuesday, 'Code Black' Wednesday, 'CSI' Finale on September 27 'Rush Hour' & 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' Held for Midseason". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  21. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 14, 2015). "Glen Powell Enlists In ‘Sand Castle’; Diane Guerrero Joins ‘The Godmother’". Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ "In the Country We Love: My Family Divided". The Book Report Network. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  23. ^ Roiz, Jessica Lucia (May 10, 2016). "Diane Guerrero New Book: How Gina Rodriguez Supports 'Jane The Virgin' Co-Star Publication". Latin Times. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 6, 2016). "Diane Guerrero To Star In CBS Immigration Drama From ‘Jane the Virgin’ Producers". Retrieved October 7, 2016. 

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