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 42)
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Years active2004 - 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,[1] 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[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.

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.[2] She joined Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. at the Xi chapter.

Acting career[edit]

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.[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, Garayua guest starred in an episode of Grey's Anatomy as an Intern named 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 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.[8]


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

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.[10]

Other endeavors[edit]

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.

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



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Blanca
2006 Foreign Currency Dolores Short
2007 Homeless Destiny Mrs. Santiago Short
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Female Worshipper
2009 Mother and Child Melissa
2010 Faster Gospel Choir
2011 Jen X Cap Short
2014 STFU! Stop Catcalling Anthem Boss Lady Short
2015 Cartwheels and Backflips Ms. Rodriguez Short
2015 I Am Gangster Isabel Flores
2015 Fair Warning Woman Short
2016 Driving While Black Talula
2016 Wake Up America! Jimena
2016 Unremarkable Courtney Short
2017 Oui Oui Wee Wee Tinder Girl #1 Short
2017 Cattle Call Peggy Short
2019 Snoozefest Oren's Mom Short
2020 Four Good Days Detox Receptionist


Year Title Role Notes
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 Life Rosa "Crushed"
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 S.W.A.T. Sofia "Cuchillo"
2017 Bounty Hunters Carolina "1.3", "1.6"
2019 Snowfall Sophie (season 3)
2019 Reckoning Cyd Ramos 10 episodes
2019 Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Quetzalcoatl (voice) English dub


  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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