Garayua at the 2014 Imagen Awards
|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 the 2005 comedy film Fun With Dick and Jane, and is now commonly cast in guest roles on long-running series such as Six Feet Under, Weeds and The Shield. After being cast in an ongoing role in Grey's Anatomy, Garayua has played recurring roles in other popular TV shows such as Cougar Town and How to Get Away with Murder.
Early life and education
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.
Garayua graduated from Long Island University POST 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. She joined Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. at the Xi chapter.
Garayua moved to California in 2004 after being cast in the leading role in Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and A Piano at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. 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, Garayua guest starred in an episode of Grey's Anatomy as an Intern named Graciella. She would ultimately become a recurring guest star in the show, appearing in a total of 24 episodes from 2007 to 2010. 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, Madison Young in Criminal Minds, Vita Chacon in Cold Case, and Gloria Ortiz in ER. As of 2020, Garayua has worked in over 35 different television shows.
Garayua 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.
Garayua was nominated for Best Female Principal Performer by the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle in 2009.
Fixing Paco, in which Garayua 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.
Garayua 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.
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Blanca|
|2007||Homeless Destiny||Mrs. Santiago||Short|
|2008||Henry Poole Is Here||Female Worshipper|
|2009||Mother and Child||Melissa|
|2014||STFU! Stop Catcalling Anthem||Boss Lady||Short|
|2015||Cartwheels and Backflips||Ms. Rodriguez||Short|
|2015||I Am Gangster||Isabel Flores|
|2016||Driving While Black||Talula|
|2016||Wake Up America!||Jimena|
|2017||Oui Oui Wee Wee||Tinder Girl #1||Short|
|2020||Four Good Days||Detox Receptionist|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Anna||"Great Balls of Ire"|
|2005||Joey||The Happy Woman||"Joey and the Moving In"|
|2005||The Shield||Concepcion||"Ain't That a Shame"|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Agnes||"Time Flies"|
|2005||Strong Medicine||Jasmine||"It Takes a Clinic"|
|2006||3 lbs||Lucy Canet||"Lost for Words"|
|2007||Cold Case||Vita Chacon||"A Dollar, a Dream"|
|2007–2010||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Graciella Guzman||Recurring role (seasons 4–6)|
|2008||Weeds||Reyna||"The Three Colors", "No Man Is Pudding"|
|2008||ER||Gloria Ortiz||"The High Holiday"|
|2008||The Apostles||Berta||TV film|
|2009||Raising the Bar||Monica||"I'll Be Down to Get You in a Taxi, Honey"|
|2009–10||Seattle Grace: On Call||Dr. Graciella Guzman||Web series|
|2010||Desperate Housewives||Celia Solis (age 30)||"If..."|
|2010–11||Cougar Town||Rosa||"Makin' Some Noise", "Baby's a Rock 'N' Roller"|
|2011||Imagination Movers||Carol the Elf||"A Little Elf Esteem"|
|2012||Shameless||Laurie||"A Bottle of Jean Nate"|
|2012||Castle||Jesse||"Once Upon a Crime"|
|2012–2014||Fixing Paco||Margie||TV series|
|2013||Bones||Carlene Blayney||"The Doom in the Gloom"|
|2013||Southland||Reya Suarez||"Bleed Out"|
|2013||Rizzoli & Isles||Josie Garcia||"But I Am a Good Girl"|
|2014||Love That Girl!||Ava Lopez||"10.July.2014"|
|2014||Legends||Surveillance FBI #1||"Lords of War"|
|2014||NCIS: Los Angeles||Aminta||"Black Budget"|
|2014||Anger Management||Nikki||"Charlie and the Houseful of Hookers"|
|2015||Criminal Minds||Madison Young||"Rock Creek Park"|
|2016||The Fluffy Shop||Carmen||TV film|
|2016||Animal Kingdom||Krystal||"Stay Close, Stick Together"|
|2016||American Housewife||Nurse Chapel||"The Nap"|
|2016–17||How to Get Away with Murder||Det. Brianna Davis||Recurring role (season 3)|
|2017||The Good Doctor||Sonia||"Not Fake"|
|2017||Bounty Hunters||Carolina||"1.3", "1.6"|
|2019||Reckoning||Cyd Ramos||10 episodes|
|2019||Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia||Quetzalcoatl (voice)||English dub|
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- 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.