Krysta Rodriguez

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Krysta Rodriguez
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Rodriguez in 2017
Krysta Anne Rodriguez[1]

(1984-07-23) July 23, 1984 (age 34)[2]
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1995–present

Krysta Anne Rodriguez (born July 23, 1984[2]) is an American actress and singer. She originated the role of Wednesday Addams in the 2010 Broadway musical The Addams Family, and was in both the original production (in the ensemble) and the revival (as Ilse) of Spring Awakening. She was a regular on the second (and final) season of Smash in 2013.

Early life and career[edit]

Rodriguez grew up in Orange County, California.[3] She began taking dance lessons at the age of 13, after being involved with cheerleading in middle school.[4] After traveling to New York and seeing eight Broadway shows, she realized performers had to sing and act as well as dance, so once she returned home Rodriguez began taking singing and acting lessons.[4] She was a cast member of the Christian television show Colby's Clubhouse from 1995 to 2000.[5] Rodriguez later admitted that she and her castmates were not Christian and only took the part to further their careers as Rodriguez is a known atheist. She attended Orange County High School of the Arts[3] where she played many lead roles including Marian in The Music Man,[4] as well as the lead role in Gidget: The Musical, a musical co-written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, that starred Orange County High School of the Arts students during its (ultimately unsuccessful) tryouts in 2000.[6] She attended New York University for a few years, but began working soon after enrolling. Rodriguez said "...[A]lthough I would have loved to finish I did not get that opportunity because I started working. So…no degree in musical theater, but so far an okay career."[7]


Rodriguez made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 2005 jukebox musical Good Vibrations.[8] She later became a replacement for the role of Bebe in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line in 2007.[3] She has played numerous ensemble and understudy parts in the Broadway productions of Spring Awakening and In the Heights, as well as a regional production of The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews.[9] She made her feature film debut in the role of Krysta in the 2010 film The Virginity Hit.

Beginning performances in fall 2009, Rodriguez originated the role of Wednesday Addams in the world premiere Chicago try-out run of the new Broadway-bound musical The Addams Family, based on the cartoons of Charles Addams. From March 2010, the show received its planned debut at New York's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. After playing the role for over a year and lending her voice to the show's original cast recording, Rodriguez left the musical on March 8, 2011 and was replaced by Rachel Potter.[3][10]

Other credits include an Encores! production of Bye Bye Birdie. Her first television role was a guest appearance as the character Jordan Steele in Gossip Girl.[11] In 2011, Rodriguez starred in the television movie Iceland as Rose, one of a group of friends who reunite to heal and nurture each other after the death of one of their own.

In 2012, Rodriguez starred in another television movie Shadow of Fear as Lauren. The movie is about the push and pull between a schizophrenic new waiter and a popular young waitress. In 2013, she guest starred in the web series created by Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor, It Could Be Worse. She played an assistant to a Broadway Star named Bridgett/Bridget in two episodes entitled Payment Plan and Let Your Hair Down.

Rodriguez joined the cast of the NBC series Smash for its second, and final, season in 2013, playing the role of Ana Vargas, an aspiring Broadway performer and the new roommate of Katharine McPhee's character Karen.[12]

In July 2013, Rodriguez returned to Broadway playing the lead in First Date the Musical, co-starring with Zachary Levi.[13]

In December 2013, Rodriguez appeared in Hit List, a concert presentation of the fictional musical created for the second season of Smash, as The Diva/Sarah Smith.[14] Rodriguez was scheduled to have a major role in the planned CBS sitcom How I Met Your Dad; a spinoff and successor to the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother, but on March 25, 2014 it was announced that Rodriguez had exited the pilot.[15] (The proposed spin-off would ultimately not be picked up.[16])

Rodriguez guest starred on Married in 2014, as Kim, a friend of a couple desperately trying to save their marriage. On Ian, Rodriguez guest starred as Fly Girl. Additionally, Rodriguez starred in the Lifetime holiday movie entitled Wishin' and Hopin' in the role of Annette Funicello, a teen idol, movie actress and Mickey Mouse Club Mousekteer.

Also, in the fall of 2014 Rodriguez was diagnosed with breast cancer.[17][18] In 2015, Rodriguez started the website to create a blog detailing her journey during chemotherapy as well as providing various fashion, beauty, and wellness tips that she employs during her battle with cancer.[19] After going public with her diagnosis, Rodriguez was contacted by Cosmopolitan to blog for their Cosmo Online Health and Fitness readers about her experiences.[20][21][22][23][24]

In 2015, Rodriguez was cast as Vanessa, a straight talking, no-nonsense cancer patient ready to share her truth, in a multi-episode arc in the second season of the ABC Family television show Chasing Life.[25] The season aired in the summer of 2015.[26][24]

Also in 2015, she played Madison in an episode of Inside Amy Schumer. Krysta also guest starred in an episode of The Mysteries of Laura as April Watkins.

Rodriguez also recently starred in a film entitled My Bakery in Brooklyn in which she plays one of the lead characters, Chloe. The film was released in 2016.

Through June 14, 2015, she returned to star as Ilse in the Deaf West Theatre production of Spring Awakening, held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.[27][28] The Los Angeles Times featured her in an article about her return to the production that she helped to create on Broadway.[29] In July 2015, it was announced that the production would be transferring to Broadway with its current cast for a limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Rodriguez performed in the Broadway revival September 8, 2015 through its closing on January 24, 2016.[30][31] The show ran two weeks past its intended run due to its rave reviews, and garnered three Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical.[32][33]

On March 13, 2017, it was announced that Rodriguez was cast in the recurring role of Maxine Griffin in the second season of ABC's thriller series Quantico.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Bye, Bye Birdie Ensemble New York City Center Encores!
2005 Good Vibrations Swing Broadway
The Boy Friend Ensemble National tour
2006 Spring Awakening Ensemble Broadway
2007 A Chorus Line Bebe (replacement)
2008 In The Heights Ensemble
2009 The Addams Family Wednesday Chicago (out-of-town tryout)
2010 Broadway
2013 First Date Casey
Hit List (from "Smash") The Diva/Sarah Smith 54 Below Concert
2015 Spring Awakening Ilse Deaf West Theatre Los Angeles
Broadway (transfer)
2016 A Chorus Line Diana Morales Hollywood Bowl


Year Title Role
2008 Gossip Girl Jordan Steele
2010 Late Show with David Letterman Herself (promotion for The Addams Family)
2013 Smash Ana Vargas
2014 How I Met Your Dad (pilot) Unknown (pilot wasn't picked up)
Ian Fly Girl
Married Kim
2015 Chasing Life Vanessa
Inside Amy Schumer Madison
The Mysteries of Laura April Watkins
Late Night with Seth Meyers Herself (promotion for Spring Awakening)
2016 Younger Kim
2017 Trial & Error Summer Henderson
Quantico Maxine Griffin


Year Title Role
2010 The Virginity Hit Krysta
2011 Iceland Rose
2012 Shadow of Fear Laura
2014 Wishin' and Hopin' Annette Funicello
2016 Bakery in Brooklyn Chloe


Year Title Role
2013 It Could Be Worse Bridgett/Bridget
2013 Jared's Broadway Boos: Episode 64 Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Audience Choice Awards Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Female) The Addams Family Won
2015 Ovation Awards Featured Actress in a Musical Spring Awakening Nominated
BroadwayWorld LA Awards Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show Nominated Audience Choice Awards Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated


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  2. ^ a b "30 Under 30 - Krysta Rodriguez". 2011. Age: 26 (7/23/1984)[permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ a b c Kay, Lauren. "Dance 10, Looks 10". "Dance Spirit Magazine". March 1, 2010. Retrieved April 17, 2012
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  6. ^ Gidget Grows Up, Into a Coppola Musical, Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2000
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  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Brad Oscar Will Play Uncle Fester in Addams Family; Blickenstaff, Grupper, Potter Join Cast" Archived February 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. February 4, 2011.
  11. ^ "Krysta Rodriguez profile". Who's Who. Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 6, 2012). "Smash Scoop: Meet Karen's Spunky New [Spoiler]". TVLine. TVLine Media, LLC. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  13. ^ "Krysta Rodriguez and Zachary Levi Will Have a First Date on Broadway; Cast Announced". Playbill. May 20, 2013. Archived from the original on July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  14. ^ Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Carrie Manolakos Bring "Smash" Musical Hit List to Life Dec. 8-9 at 54 Below Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
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  16. ^ Kaitlin Thomas (2014-07-10). "Carter Bays: How I Met Your Dad Isn't Happening". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
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  18. ^ "Broadway Stars Krysta Rodriguez and Kirsten Wyatt Cook Up Cancer-Friendly Food on BROADWAY NOSH". YouTube. 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  19. ^ "ChemoCouture | Fashion, Beauty and Wellness Tips From My Year With Cancer". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
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  21. ^ Schreiber, Katherine (2015-03-17). "What Chemotherapy Taught Me About Motherhood". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
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  23. ^ Schreiber, Katherine (2015-03-30). "What I Learned About Myself From Going Out Bald in Public". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
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  25. ^ "Chemo Style! Part 4 | ChemoCouture". 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
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  28. ^ "Deaf West Theatre". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  29. ^ "Theater star Krysta Rodriguez talks 'Spring Awakening' and living loudly". LA Times. 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  30. ^ "Andy Mientus & Krysta Rodriguez Will Transfer to Broadway in Deaf West's Spring Awakening Revival". 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  31. ^ "Breaking News: Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus & 20 Broadway Newcomers Will Star in Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING Revival". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  32. ^ Isherwood, Charles (2015-09-27). "Review: 'Spring Awakening' by Deaf West Theater Brings a New Sensation to Broadway". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  33. ^ Ng, David (May 3, 2016). "'Spring Awakening' and Deaf West's Unlikely Road to Three Tony Nominations". Los Angeles Times.
  34. ^ Denise Petski. "Quantico Casts Krysta Rodriguez In Recurring Role". Deadline.

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