Judy Reyes

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Judy Reyes
Judy Reyes 2013.jpg
Reyes in 2013
Born (1967-11-05) November 5, 1967 (age 55)[1]
  • Actress
  • model
  • producer
Years active1992–present
Edwin M. Figueroa
(m. 1997; div. 2008)
PartnerGeorge Valencia[3]

Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American actress, model and producer, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC/ABC medical comedy series Scrubs (2001–2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–2016). Beginning in 2017, she stars as Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas in the TNT crime comedy-drama Claws.

Early life[edit]

Reyes was born in The Bronx, New York,[1] to Dominican immigrants, and has three sisters,[4] including a fraternal twin sister named Joselin Reyes, who played a paramedic on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Reyes grew up on Bainbridge Avenue, from the age of 13 to the age of 25–26.[4] She attended Hunter College in Manhattan, where she began her acting career.[2]


In the early 1990s, Reyes began her television career with guest starring roles in a number of shows, including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and The Sopranos. She also had a recurring role in Oz as Tina Rivera. She is best known for her portrayal of nurse Carla Espinosa on the NBC comedy Scrubs from 2001 to 2009. She has starred in a number of made for television movies, primarily for Lifetime network, including Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (2008), and The Pregnancy Project (2012).

After leaving Scrubs, Reyes guest-starred in several shows, including Castle, Medium, Off the Map, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2011, she starred as a mother dealing with her estranged husband's return into her life after his stint in prison in the independent drama Gun Hill Road. The film is set in Reyes' native Bronx, and its title refers to a real-life street that intersects Bainbridge Avenue on which Reyes herself grew up.[4] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[5] Reyes also had small supporting roles in several films, including Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Washington Heights (2002), and Dirty (2005).

In 2012, Reyes was cast as series regular Zoila Diaz, the senior maid, in the ABC comedy-drama pilot Devious Maids, created by Marc Cherry.[6] On May 14, 2012, the series was not picked up by ABC, but on June 22, 2012, Lifetime ordered a run of thirteen episodes.[7] The series premiered June 23, 2013.[8] The Devious Maids finale episode aired on August 8, 2016.[9] Two weeks following the show's cancellation, Reyes was cast opposite Niecy Nash in the TNT crime comedy-drama Claws.[10] The series premiered on June 11, 2017.

In Succession, which premiered on June 3, 2018 on HBO, Reyes plays Eva, executive producer of media conglomerate Waystar Royco's ATN news channel.

In 2022, Reyes guest-starred in season 3 of Batwoman where she portrayed Kiki Roulette who was responsible for building Joker's joy buzzer.

Personal life[edit]

Reyes at the 2012 Imagen Awards

Reyes was married to writer/director Edwin M. Figueroa for 11 years before they divorced.[2] Reyes and her partner George Valencia have a daughter, Leila Rey Valencia, born on November 27, 2009.[3]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Jack and His Friends Rosie
1996 No Exit Maria Lentini Direct-to-video
1997 Lena's Dreams Martisa
1998 Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five Waitress
Godzilla Woman #1 Uncredited
1999 Bringing Out the Dead ICU Nurse
2000 King of the Jungle Lydia Morreto
2002 Washington Heights Daisy
2004 King of the Corner Nurse Kathleen Delehant
2005 Dirty Bryant
2008 The Poker Club Detective Patterson
Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee Vanessa Dupree
2011 Gun Hill Road Angela Rodriguez
Without Men Magnolia Direct-to-video
Kaylien Teacher Short film
2015 My Name Is David His Neighbor
2016 Girl Flu. Celeste
2017 The Circle Congresswoman Olivia Santos
2020 All Together Now Donna
2022 Smile Victoria Muñoz
TBA Turtles All the Way Down Gina Holmes Post-production
TBA Christmas, No Filter Carol
TBA The Horror of Dolores Roach TBA


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Law & Order Maria Barragon Episode: "Sisters of Mercy"
1993 Street Justice Jody Episode: "Countdown"
1994 As the World Turns Nita Episode #1.9826
The Cosby Mysteries Laura Montero Episode: "Only You"
New York Undercover Helena Episode: "After Shakespeare"
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special Giselle Episode: "Stand Up"
1996 NYPD Blue Anna Ortiz Episode: "Where'd the Van Gogh?"
The Prosecutors Maria Valquez Television film
1997 Cosby Miss Reyes Episode: "About My Life"
Nothing Sacred Maritza Episodes: "Proofs for the Existence of God" and "Song of Songs"
1998 Trinity Mrs. Cupideros Episode: "In Loco Parentis"
1999 Mind Prey Det. Vega Television film
1999–02 Oz Tina Rivera Recurring role, 5 episodes
2000 The Sopranos Michelle Episode: "From Where to Eternity"
Madigan Men Vera the Dog Walker Episode: "Pilot"
2001 100 Centre Street Olivia Episode: "Things Change"
Third Watch Gina Fuentes Episodes: "Requiem for a Bantamweight" and "Unfinished Business"
WW 3 Maria Cruz Television film
2001–09 Scrubs Nurse Carla Espinosa Series regular, 169 episodes
ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated - ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2002, 2009)
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television (2005, 2007)
2003 Blue's Clues Carmen Episode: "Blue's Big Car Trip"
2005 Strong Medicine Jane Lopez Episode: "Family Practice"
2006 Our House Billy Television film
2008 Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story Luz Cuevas Television film
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television
2009 Castle Theresa Candela Episode: "Little Girl Lost"
Hawthorne Vita Gonzalez Episode: "No Guts, No Glory"
2010 Medium Jane Livingston Episode: "Native Tongue"
Ask Alan Vanessa Television film
2011 Off the Map Eva Moran Episodes: "It's Good" and "Es Un Milagro"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Inez Rivera Episode: "Blood Brothers"
2012 The Pregnancy Project Juana Television film
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television
Happily Divorced Teresa Episode: "Cesar’s Wife"
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Señora Jorge (voice) Episode: "Viva El Nomicon"
2013–16 Devious Maids Zoila Diaz Series regular, 48 episodes
Nominated-Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television (2014, 2015)
2015 iZombie Lola Abano Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?"
Fresh Off the Boat Mindy Torres Episode: "Good Morning Orlando"
2015–17, 2019 Jane the Virgin Dina Milagro Recurring role, 11 episodes
2016 The Good Wife Nola Gades Episode: "Monday"
Blue Bloods Coryna Garza Episode: "For the Community"
2017–20 One Day at a Time Ramona Recurring role, 10 episodes
2017–22 Claws Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas Series regular, 40 episodes
2017, 2020 Search Party Deb Episodes: "Suspicion", "Obsession", "Denial" and "The Reckoning"
2018 Succession Eva Episodes: "Shit Show at the Fuck Factory", "Lifeboats" and "Sad Sack Wasp Trap"
Dirty John Verga Episodes: "Red Flags and Parades" and "Remember It Was Me"
2019–22 Better Things Lala Episodes: "No Limits", "Show Me the Magic", "Escape Drill" and "We Are Not Alone"
2020 Black-ish Dr. Paul Episode: "Hero Pizza"
2021 Torn from Her Arms Thelma Garcia Television film
2022 Batwoman Kiki Roulette Episodes: "Broken Toys" and "We’re All Mad Here"
TBA The Horror of Dolores Roach TBA 8 Episodes
2023 Untitled HPI Remake Selena Soto ABC Pilot


  1. ^ a b c "Bio courtesy of Yahoo! TV". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Judy Reyes Gushes Over Husband! Says He Makes the Perfect Parent". Live RampUp. December 28, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Michaud, Sarah (December 3, 2009). "Scrubs's Judy Reyes Welcomes a Daughter". People.
  4. ^ a b c Barrica, Gino (February 4, 2011). "Gun Hill Road: An Interview w/ Judy Reyes (Of Scrubs Fame)". Geekadelphia.
  5. ^ Hernandez, Lee (January 24, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Judy Reyes Stars in 'Gun Hill Road' at Sundance Film Festival". Latina.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 23, 2012). "Judy Reyes Lands Lead In 'Devious Maids', Jay Hernandez Set As Male Lead In 'Trooper'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Caldwell, Sarah (April 10, 2013). "Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' comes to Lifetime this summer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Devious Maids - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 1, 2016). "'Devious Maids' Canceled: No Season 5 For Lifetime Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Stanhope, Kate (September 12, 2016). "Judy Reyes Joins TNT's Nail Salon Dramedy 'Claws' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2017.

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