Justina Milagros Machado
September 6, 1972
|Known for||Six Feet Under |
One Day at a Time
Justina Milagros Machado (born September 6, 1972) is an American actress, known for her roles as Penelope Alvarez on the Netflix and Pop TV sitcom One Day at a Time, Darci Factor in The CW dramedy Jane the Virgin, Vanessa Diaz on the HBO drama Six Feet Under, and Brenda on the USA drama Queen of the South.
Machado was born in Chicago, Illinois, one of two children of Alicia Morales Ruiz and Ismael Machado. Her mother was born in Puerto Rico and her father was born to Puerto Rican parents. They subsequently divorced and her mother remarried and had three children. Her family roots are in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico and Barrio Jagual, Patillas, Puerto Rico, and her ancestry includes Afro-Latino. Machado had a traditional quinceañera. She said her family was poor, and she grew up in the Northwest Side of Chicago. Machado was raised Catholic.
Machado was very active in drama, always participating in her school plays. She also took dance at Franklin Fine Arts Center. In 1986, Machado attended Lane Technical College Prep High School. During her spare time, she performed with the Latino Chicago Theater Company.
Machado was a guest appearing in Episode 6 of Season 6 of "Finding Your Roots", a documentary show by PBS that is hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., during which it was confirmed that she has African matrilineal ancestry (i.e. through a female ancestor on her mother's side) through genetics testing of her mitochondrial DNA.
In 1990, after graduating from Lane Tech, Machado moved to New York City. The experience which she had gained as a performer with the Latino Chicago Theater Company helped open the doors for her in that city. Soon, she was offered a job as a professional actress in Los Angeles, California. Machado moved to Los Angeles and in 1996, she landed her first two acting roles. She was cast as "Elsa" in the TV series NYPD Blue episode #311, and she was also cast as "Val Cho" in the movie made for television No One Would Tell.
On June 10, 2001, Machado auditioned for the TV series Six Feet Under and was cast as Vanessa Diaz, originally a supporting character, later evolving into one of the series' main characters. Machado and her cast mates were honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series". The series completed its final season in 2005.
She has also appeared in the Canadian television series, 1-800-Missing, as a character named Sunny Estrada.
In 2009, she appeared in nine episodes on the series ER as Chicago police officer Claudia Diaz. Machado also appeared in Body of Proof as villainess Emily Burrows, and recurred on Devious Maids as Zoila's sister, Reina. Machado also recurred as Brenda in the USA crime drama series Queen of the South.
 In the 2017 remake of One Day at a Time, Machado has received positive reviews for her role as a single mother raising two children and struggling with PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. Before this, Machado began portraying the recurring role of Darci Factor in The CW drama series Jane the Virgin.
After having been announced to portray Florence Johnston in the first Live in Front of a Studio Audience’s The Jeffersons portion, instead reprised by Marla Gibbs, Machado was cast in the second edition in December 2019 as Teresa Betancourt from All in the Family.
On September 2, 2020, Machado was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with professional dancer, Sasha Farber. Machado finished in fourth place on November 23, 2020. In 2021, Machado will voice a singing bust in Muppets Haunted Mansion.
Machado has participated in over 15 films. Amongst her most notable roles so far have been Carmen Rodriguez in She's So Lovely, Isabella Hudson in Final Destination 2, Agent Henderson in Torque, Natalia in Little Fugitive, Teresa in Man Maid, Sofia in The Accidental Husband, Tanya in The Purge: Anarchy, and FBI Agent Rosie Gomez in the film In the Electric Mist.
Machado has also made appearances on stage, including a 2008 production of Neil LaBute's play, Some Girl(s), at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She was in productions of Blade to the Heat and Black Butterfly at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She was the first replacement for Andréa Burns in Broadway's In the Heights. In 2010, Machado appeared in the Los Angeles run of Love, Loss and What I Wore.
In 2003, Machado appeared in the music video for TLC's song "Damaged", the third single from their fourth studio album 3D, as a young woman trapped in an abusive relationship and unsure of what to do with her life.
|1997||She's So Lovely||Carmen Rodriguez|
|1998||The Week That Girl Died||Marita|
|2000||Following Paula||Paula Ormida||Short film|
|A.I. Artificial Intelligence||Assistant|
|2002||Dragonfly||Oncology Desk Nurse|
|Full Frontal||Linda's Friend in Kitchen|
|2003||Final Destination 2||Isabella Hudson|
|2004||Torque||FBI Agent Tehya Henderson|
|2007||I Think I Love My Wife||Paramedic|
|2008||The Accidental Husband||Sofia|
|Breast Pump & Blender||Lizzie||Short film|
|2009||In the Electric Mist||Rosie Gomez|
|2012||A Thousand Words||Caroline’s Friend|
|The Purge: Anarchy||Tanya|
|All Together Now||Becky|
|2021||Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It||Herself||Documentary|
|With/In: Volume 1||segment: "Coco and Gigi"|
|1993||ABC Afterschool Special||Episode: "Love Hurts"|
|Missing Persons||Juanita Gonzales||Episode: "That's My Sister, Pal"|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Elsa||Episode: "Burnin' Love"|
|Second Noah||Roxanna||Episode: "Second Noah"|
|No One Would Tell||Val Cho||TV film|
|1997||ER||Ms. Cruz||Episode: "Ambush"|
|Moloney||Episode: "I'm Ambivalent About L.A."|
|Crisis Center||Raquel||Episode: "He Said, She Said"|
|Arsenio||Anna Montez||Episode: "We Can Still Be Friends"|
|Goode Behavior||Raquel DeLarosa||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1998||The Gregory Hines Show||Maria||Episode: "James Stevenson Stands Alone"|
|Any Day Now||Olivia||Episode: "It's Who You Sleep With"|
|Touched by an Angel||Marisol||Episode: "An Angel on the Roof"|
|Malcolm & Eddie||Laura Morales||Episodes: "Love Thy Neighbor", "The Fool Monty"|
|1999||Promised Land||Roxie Kahle||Episode: "Darkness Visible"|
|Early Edition||Laura||Episode: "Camera Shy"|
|1999–2000||Oh Baby||Mona||Episodes: "Guilt", "Friendship", "Cinderella"|
|2001–2005||Six Feet Under||Vanessa Diaz||Regular role (42 episodes)|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2002||The Johnny Chronicles||Marisol||TV film|
|Strong Medicine||Episode: "Type & Cross"|
|2003–2004||Missing||Sunny Estrada||Main role (17 episodes)|
|2006||Alpha Mom||TV film|
|Ghost Whisperer||Suzanne||Episode: "Demon Child"|
|Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America||Alma Ansen||TV film|
|Grey's Anatomy||Anna Nyles||Episode: "Oh, the Guilt"|
|2007||Cold Case||Amelia Lopez||Episode: "The Good Death"|
|Ugly Betty||Cousin Clara||Episodes: "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara", "Family/Affair"|
|2008||Man of Your Dreams||Sheryl||TV film|
|Kath & Kim||Angel||Episodes: "Old", "Money"|
|2009||ER||Claudia Diaz||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|2009–2010||Three Rivers||Pam Acosta||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2010||Burn Notice||Lauren||Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"|
|Bones||Lupe Rojas||Episode: "The Couple in the Cave"|
|2011||Off the Map||Teresa||Episode: "Hold on Tight"|
|The Protector||Marisol Casas||Episode: "Blood"|
|Body of Proof||Emily Burrows||Episode: "Lazarus Man"|
|Harry's Law||Counsel||Episode: "American Girl"|
|2012||Desperate Housewives||Claudia Sanchez||Episodes: "Who Can Say What's True?", "What's the Good of Being Good"|
|Switched at Birth||Nurse Britzia Munoz||Episodes: "Starry Night", "The Art of Painting"|
|2012–2013||Private Practice||Stephanie Kemp||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2013||The Fosters||Sonia Rivera||Episodes: "Saturday", "The Fallout", "I Do"|
|Welcome to the Family||Lisette Hernandez||Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"|
|Murder Police||Rosa Sanchez||TV series|
|2014||Major Crimes||Ana Ruiz||Episode 13, Season 3|
|2015||Devious Maids||Reina||Episodes: "She Done Him Wrong", "The Turning Point"|
|2016||Heartbeat||Beth / Emily||Episode: "Twins"|
|2016–2019||Jane the Virgin||Darci Factor||Recurring role|
|2016, 2019||Queen of the South||Brenda||Main role (Season 1); 13 episodes|
Guest role (Season 4); 2 episodes
|2017–2020||One Day at a Time||Penelope Alvarez||Main role; 45 episodes|
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
|2019||Family Pictures||Sylvie||Television film|
|Superstore||Maya||3 episodes: "Trick-or-Treat", "Shoplifter Rehab", "Negotiation"|
|2020||Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Contestant on season 29|
|2021||Muppets Haunted Mansion||TV special|
|2016–2019||Elena of Avalor||Carmen||Recurring role; 9 episodes|
|2016||Gears of War 4||Reyna Diaz||Video game|
|2020||Harley Quinn||Bethany||Episode: "Lovers' Quarrel"|
- Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 28, 2020
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- ""Dancing with the Stars" 2020 Celebrity Cast Announced!". ABC.com. September 2, 2020.
- ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’ Adds Cameos to Play The Singing Busts September 11, 2021
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