Kali Rocha

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Kali Rocha
Kali Rocha in Detroit.jpg
Rocha in Detroit, 2005
Born Kali Michele Rocha
(1971-12-05) December 5, 1971 (age 44)[1]
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Michael Krikorian (2006–present) 2 children

Kali Michele Rocha (born December 5, 1971) is an American actress. She is currently best known for portraying the mother of four Rooney children and school's vice principal in the Disney Channel Original comedy series, Liv and Maddie. She has also co-written three episodes.


Rocha's career began on stage immediately after graduating from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She was in an August 1993 revival of the Jane Bowles play "In the Summer House" at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.[2] Her on-screen debut was in the 1996 cinematic adaptation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," as Mercy Lewis.

Rocha stood out when she played the Atlantic American flight attendant who argued with Ben Stiller's character at the airport in the 2000 comedy Meet The Parents, a role she reprised in the sequel Meet The Fockers. She also had a recurring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Anya's vengeance demon friend, Halfrek, as well as William the Bloody's love affection, Cecily. The two characters are considered the same person. Rocha played Stonewall Jackson's wife, Anna in Ron Maxwell's Gods and Generals, an epic drama about the first two years of the American Civil War. Other films include The Object of My Affection, Autumn in New York, White Oleander, When Billie Beat Bobby, and Ready? OK!.

In 2000, Rocha created the role of Cybil in Nicky Silver's off-Broadway comedy The Altruists, starring alongside Eddie Cahill, Veanne Cox, and Sam Robards.[3]

She has appeared on the Will and Grace episode "Strangers With Candice", as a straight woman who flirted with Will. In spring 2006, Rocha began acting in the short-lived NBC sitcom Teachers. Kali guest-starred in on the February 20, 2007, episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Cindy Marino, an aggressive TV reporter. Also, she appeared on an episode of Bones as a victim's mother. Rocha has also played the character of a fourth-year resident surgeon, Dr. Sydney Heron, at Seattle Grace Hospital in the ABC TV series Grey's Anatomy.

In 2009, Rocha appeared with fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Emma Caulfield in the film TiMER.[4]

Rocha starred in the first and only season of Sherri starring Sherri Shepherd from The View which was loosely based on Shepherd's life. Rocha played Summer, Sherri's boss and eventual friend. It aired on the Lifetime Network.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2008, Rocha announced that she was pregnant.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Crucible, TheThe Crucible Mercy Lewis Debut role
1998 Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection Melissa Marx
2000 Autumn in New York Shannon
2002 White Oleander Susan Valeris
2003 Gods and Generals Anna Morrison Jackson
2004 Stuck Sasha Short film
2005 Confessions of an Action Star Beth
2005 Bam Bam and Celeste Angela
2005 Seagull Kali
2006 Falling for Grace Carla
2006 Ira & Abby Tracy
2007 Dead Write Samantha
2007 Ripple Effect Alex
2008 Over Her Dead Body Angel
2008 Ready? OK! Hallie Hinton
2008 John's Hand Terry Short film
2009 Timer Patty
2009 Stolen Coral
2010 Video Night Kali Video short
2011 Mr. Stache Narrator Short film
2011 Serenity House Marnie Short film
2014 Space Station 76 Donna
2014 Loft, TheThe Loft Mimi Landry


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Liberty! The American Resolution Eliza Wilkinson TV miniseries
1998 Love Letter, TheThe Love Letter Flossy Whitcomb TV film
2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cecily Addams/ Halfrek
2001 When Billie Beat Bobby Connie TV film
2001 Cursed Sophie "... And Then Jack Had Two Dates"
2001 Becker Kayla "Psycho Therapy"
2002 Family Law Kelly Gilbert "Alienation of Affection"
2002 Hack Joyce "All Night Long"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halfrek Recurring role
2003 Crossing Jordan Felix Tate "Sunset Division"
2003 Will & Grace Stephanie "Strangers with Candice"
2005 Family Plan Stacy TV film
2005 Without a Trace Liz Murray "Party Girl"
2006 Teachers Principal Emma Wiggins Main role
2006 Standoff Leanne Benson "Partners in Crime"
2006 Bones Jackie Swanson "The Girl with the Curl"
2006–07 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Sydney Heron Recurring role
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cindy Marino "Haystack"
2007 Boston Legal Allison Lovejoy "Duck and Cover"
2007 Call, TheThe Call Wendy 'The Wolf' Wolfram TV film
2008 Notes from the Underbelly Paige Bartlett "Friends and Neighbors"
2009 Monk Maria Scheter "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall"
2009 Sherri Summer Dickie Main role
2010 $#*! My Dad Says Roberta "You Can't Handle the Truce"
2011 Drop Dead Diva Dr. Audrey Foley "You Bet Your Life"
2011 Exes, TheThe Exes Deanna "An Inconvenient Tooth"
2012 Modern Family Party Planner "Leap Day"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ms. Fowler "Altered Stakes"
2012 Puppy Love Gail TV film
2013 Bits and Pieces Jodi TV film
2013–present Liv and Maddie Karen Rooney Main role


  1. ^ Kali Rocha (Internet Broadway Database)
  2. ^ "In the Summer House" Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 West 65th Street (Playbill: August 1993)
  3. ^ Shapiro, Marjorie (March 5, 2000). "Marge Says: The Altruists". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (May 14, 2010). "TiMER: A Sci-Fi Love Story". The New York Times. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  5. ^ TV Guide News (January 31, 2008). "Grey's Anatomy Doc Expecting". TV Guide. Retrieved March 27, 2011.

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