Velázquez c. 2006
November 20, 1978|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
(m. 2005; div. 2011)
Nadine E. Velázquez (born November 20, 1978) is an American actress and model known for her roles as Catalina Aruca on My Name Is Earl and Sofia Ruxin on The League. She has also appeared in films such as War and Flight, and is a cast member on the TV series Major Crimes.
Velázquez was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is of Puerto Rican descent. After graduating from Notre Dame High School for Girls, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Columbia College Chicago in 2001.
Velázquez has appeared in print ads, television, and film. Her first acting role was a McDonald's commercial as a drive-through lady. She was originally cast as Fernando Sucre's girlfriend, Maricruz Delgado, in the Fox television series Prison Break but took the role of Catalina Aruca in the NBC series My Name Is Earl instead. Her first film roles were in the movie War with Jet Li and Jason Statham, and in the Oxygen Network original television film Husband for Hire. She was one of the actors in the 2006 monologue show Skirts & Flirts. In 2006, she was named #39 in the annual Maxim Hot 100 list. Velazquez was one of the judges in the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant and the host for the Miss USA 2009 pageant.
In 2011 Velazquez appeared in the pilot of ABC's Charlie's Angels as Gloria Martinez, one of Charlie's hired "Angels". Her character was killed off after a few minutes of screen time and was replaced by Minka Kelly. She appeared in a recurring role in FX's fantasy football sitcom The League and on The CW's comedy-drama Hart of Dixie.
In 2012, Velazquez appeared in the movie Flight, playing flight attendant Katerina Marquez, a supporting role opposite the main protagonist character played by Denzel Washington. In 2013, Velazquez reunited with her former My Name is Earl cast members for a guest appearance in Raising Hope. Velazquez joined the main cast of the TNT series Major Crimes, beginning with season two. She plays Emma Rios, a DA, who is a romantic interest of Raymond Cruz's Julio Sanchez. Cruz played Paco, her boyfriend, on My Name is Earl.
|2005||House of the Dead II||Private Maria Rodriguez|
|2009||A Day in the Life||Special Agent Natasha|
|2009||All's Faire in Love||Mathilda|
|2010||PSA: An Important Message from Women EVERYWHERE||Woman||Short film|
|2012||Guitar Face||Ana Lucia||Short film|
|2015||Within (Crawlspace)||Melanie Alexander||Direct to DVD|
|2016||Ride Along 2||Tasha|
|2016||The Bounce Back||Kristin Peralta|
|2003||The Bold and the Beautiful||Anna|
|2004||The Last Ride||JJ Cruz||Television film|
|2004||Entourage||Janeen||Episode: "New York"|
|2005||Hollywood Vice||Marla Flynt||Television film|
|2005||Las Vegas||Myra Gonzalez||Episode: "Mothwoman"|
|2005–2009||My Name Is Earl||Catalina Aruca||96 episodes|
|2007||Kings of South Beach||Olivia Palacios||Television film|
|2008||Husband for Hire||Lola||Television film|
|2009||CSI: NY||Marcia Vasquez||Episode: "Dead Reckoning"|
|2009||Gary Unmarried||Sophia||Episode: "Gary and Allison's Friend"|
|2009–2015||The League||Sofia||26 episodes|
|2010||Scrubs||Nicole||Episode: "Our True Lies"|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Sarah Walker||Episode: "Sudden Death"|
|2010||Hawaii Five-0||Linda Leon||Episode: "Ko'olauloa"|
|2011||Charlie's Angels||Gloria Martinez||Episode: "Angel with a Broken Wing"|
|2011–2012||Hart of Dixie||Didi Ruano||6 episodes|
|2013||Raising Hope||Valentina||Episode: "Making the Band"|
|2013||Arrested Development||Rosalita||Episode: "It Gets Better"|
|2013-2014||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Herself||5 episodes|
|2013–2015, 2017||Major Crimes||D.D.A. Emma Rios||18 episodes|
|2014||Killer Women||Martina Alvarez||Episode: "La Sicaria"|
|2015||Win, Lose or Love||Nancy Gander||Television film|
|2015||Love Is a Four-Letter Word||Rebecca||Television film|
|2016||Z Nation||Camilla||Episode: "Doc's Angels"|
- Nadine Velázquez, Actress (profile) – Cook County (IL) Clerk's Office. Archived February 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Vaccino, Steven. "Celebrity College Flashback: Nadine Velázquez," U.S. News & World Report, September 26, 2008.
- Maxim October 8. 2008, p. 78
- Gloria Calderon Kellett (March 14, 2006). "Skirts and Flirts Premieres at The Hudson Mainstage Theatre". LatinHeatOnline.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2008.
- Nadine Velazquez of 2006 Hott 100 on Maxim.com
- "'Conversations with Ross, Featuring Nadine Velazquez". rosscarey.com. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Roots, Kimberly. (January 23, 2013) Raising Hope Season 3 Cast – My Name Is Earl Reunion. TVLine. Retrieved on July 13, 2013.
- Nadine Velazquez to be a Series Regular on TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ - Ratings. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on July 13, 2013.
- Lina Das (August 30, 2008). "Earl's girl: Nadine Velazquez". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
- Nadine Velazquez (December 29, 2013). "Nadine Velazquez's blog: Goodbye 2013". Nadine Velazquez. Retrieved January 7, 2013.