Gloria Garayua

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Gloria Garayua
Gloria Garayua at 2014 Imagen Awards.jpg
Garayua at the 2014 Imagen Awards
Born (1978-10-18) October 18, 1978 (age 38)
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Years active 2004 - current

Gloria Garayua (born October 18, 1978 in New York City) is an American film and television actress. Garayua made her major film debut in 2005 in Fun With Dick and Jane,[1] and currently, her acting credits include guest stints on long-running series such as Six Feet Under, Weeds and The Shield. After being cast in an ongoing role in Grey's Anatomy, she's had recurring roles in major TV shows such as Cougar Town and How to Get Away with Murder.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Gloria Garayua was born and raised in the Fordham section of the Bronx. Garayua is of Puerto Rican heritage and her parents are from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School and St. Catherine’s Academy High School, both in the Bronx.

Gloria graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor's Degree in acting, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her portrayal of Ariel in The Tempest earned her an Irene Ryan Nomination where she placed as the 1st National Alternate.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Gloria moved to California in 2004 after getting the leading role in Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and A Piano at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.[3] Afterwards, she moved to the greater Los Angeles area and was cast for a minor role in Fun With Dick and Jane after only 2 weeks. During this time she also appeared in an episode of NYPD Blue as a guest star.

In 2007 she guest starred in an episode of Grey's Anatomy as Intern Graciella.[4] She would ultimately become a recurring guest star in the show, appearing in a total of 24 episodes from 2007 to 2010.[5] In 2008 she played the part of Reyna in two episodes of Showtime's Weeds titled No Man is Pudding and The Three Coolers.

Other notable roles include Nurse Chapel in American Housewife,[6] Madison Young in Criminal Minds,[7] Vita Chacon in Cold Case, and Gloria Ortiz in ER. As of 2016, Gloria has worked in over 25 different television shows.

Gloria is also a prolific stage actress that has been featured in productions such as La Posada Magica (The Magic Journey) at South Coast Repertory, Real Women Have Curves at CASA 0101, The Skriker at the Kennedy Center Stage and Romeo and Juliet at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.[8]


Gloria was nominated for Best Female Principal Performer by the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle in 2009.[9]

Fixing Paco, in which Gloria played the lead role of Margie Fuentes, was nominated for 2013 Best Webseries in the "Drama" Category. The show was also nominated in 2014 to the Best WebSeries in 3 categories, "Drama", "Comedy", and "Reality or Informational.[10]

Other Endeavors[edit]

Gloria has worked as a private acting coach in the Los Angeles area since 2005. She has also taught “Beginning and Intermediate Drama” at the Los Angeles Unified School District's “Gifted and Talented Fine Arts Conservatory", “Adult Beginner’s Scene Study” at “The Mauricio Ochmann Studio” in North Hollywood, “Advanced On-Camera Technique” at “Actor Training in LA” in North Hollywood, and “Teen Scene Study” at the “John D’Aquino’s Acting Studio” in Toluca Lake.

Gloria plays beginner piano, sings Mezzo-soprano, and is an intermediate dancer in Jazz and various Latin styles.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gloria currently resides in the greater Los Angeles area. She is unmarried and has no children.

She is a fluent Spanish speaker and an intermediate French speaker.

Selected Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Blanca Major film debut.
2008 Henry Poole is Here Female Worshipper Directed by Mark Wellington
2009 Mother and Child Melissa Directed by Rodrigo Garcia
2015 I am Gangster Isabel Flores
2016 Driving While Black Talula
2016 Fair Warning Woman
2016 Unremarkable Courtney


Year Title Role Notes
2004 NYPD Blue Anna
2005 Joey The Happy Woman
2005 The Shield Agnes
2005 Strong Medicine Jasmine
2007 Cold Case Vita Chacon
2008 Weeds Reyna 2 Episodes
2008 Life Rosa
2008 ER Gloria Ortiz
2009 Raising the Bar Monica
2010 Desperate Housewives 30-Year Old Celia Solis
2007-2010 Grey's Anatomy Intern Graciella 24 Episodes
2011 Cougar Town Rosa 2 Episodes
2011 Imagination Movers Carol the Elf
2012 Castle Jesse
2013 Bones Carlene Blayney
2012-2014 Fixing Paco Margie Female Lead
2013 Legends FBI #1
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Aminita
2015 Criminal Minds Madison Young
2016 Animal Kingdom Krystal
2016 American Housewife Nurse Chapel
2016 How to Get Away with Murder Detective Davis 4 Episodes


  1. ^ Fuchs, Cynthia. "Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)". Pop Matters. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Staff. "SAG - Gloria Garayua" (PDF). SAG. Screen Actors Guild. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Shirley, Don. "'Two Sisters and a Piano' returns in tune with times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  4. ^ BOUCHOUL, Sabine. "Gloria Garayua, l'interne de "Grey's Anatomy", a fait une apparition remarquée dans l'épisode "L'échiquier Politique" d'Esprits Criminels diffusé le mercredi 28 octobre 2015 sur TF1.". TF1. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Silver Stange, Ellen (10 March 2016). New York State of Fame. Page Publishing Inc. 
  6. ^ BWW News Desk. "Scoop: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE on ABC - Today, October 18, 2016". Broadway World. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Petski, Denise. "ABC's 'Notorious' Pilot Casts Kate Jennings Grant & J. August Richards; Gloria Garayua Joins 'The Fluffy Shop'". Deadline. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Robert; Sherman, Donovan (2016). Theatre: Brief Version (11th ed.). McGraw Hill Higher Education. p. 275. 
  9. ^ Stark, Clinton. "San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle announce 2009 nominees". Stark InSider. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Cueva, Maricela. "MNIT's Web Series, Fixing Paco, nominated for 2013 Imagen Award" (PDF). Mendez National Institute of Transplantation. Mendez National Institute of Transplantation. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 

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