Leyva at the 2014 Peabody Awards.
Life and career
Leyva was born in Baracoa, Cuba and raised in the Bronx, New York City. She is of Cuban and Dominican descent. She has appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions. On television, Leyva had a recurring role of Detective Mariluz Rivera in Law & Order, and also appeared in different roles on the show and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She has guest-starred on Third Watch, The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Girls, and Elementary.
In 2013, Leyva began starring as Gloria Mendoza, a Latina leader in the jail, in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. Her character was recurring for the first two seasons and she was promoted to series regular in Season 3. In 2015, she co-starred opposite Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno in the courtroom drama film Custody directed and written by James Lapine.
|2004||Maria Full of Grace||Customs Inspector|
|2009||Don't Let Me Drown||Sonia|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Teacher|
|Trouble Child||Trouble Child||Short film|
|2011||Man in the Mirror||Sonia||Short film|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2014||Living with the Dead||Dr. Quenda|
|2015||Chapter & Verse||Yolanda|
|I Can I Will I Did||Maria|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Monica Warren|
|1999||Law & Order||Louisa||Episode: "Refuge: Part 2"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lorinda Gutierrez||Episode: "Hysteria"|
|2001||The $treet||Kate||Episode: "Junk Bonds"|
|Law & Order||DeeDee Salazar||Episode: "Sunday in the Park with Jorge"|
|Taina||Titi Rose||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|100 Centre Street||Delfina Romero||Episodes: "Kids: Part 1" and "Kids: Part 2"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Isabella Costas||Episode: "Homo Homini Lupis"|
|2003||Third Watch||Phyllis||Episode: "Goodbye to All That"|
|2004||Third Watch||Gonzalez||Episode: "Leap of Faith"|
|Law & Order||Nita Cabrera||Episode: "Veteran's Day"|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Warden's Secretary||Episode: "Prisoner"|
|2004–2006||Law & Order||Detective Mariluz Rivera||Recurring role, 18 episodes|
|2006||The Sopranos||Jill Dibiaso||Episode: "Live Free or Die"|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||Detective Angelina Adams||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2008||New Amsterdam||Susan Boyle||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2010||Law & Order||Rona Henderson||Episode: "Boy on Fire"|
|The Good Wife||Marisol||Episode: "Doubt"|
|The Whole Truth||Claudia||Episode: "Liars"|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Detective Mariluz Rivera||Episode: "Icarus"|
|Person of Interest||Hosking||Episode: "Number Crunch"|
|2011–2012||Blue Bloods||Assistant M.E. Craig||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2012||Girls||Chastity||Episode: "Hannah's Diary"|
|Elementary||Sara Castillo||Episode: "Child Predator"|
|2013||The Following||Detective Morales||Episode: "Chapter Two"|
|2013–present||Orange Is the New Black||Gloria Mendoza||Recurring role (Seasons 1-2), Series regular (Season 3-)|
ALMA Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in Television (2014)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015–2016)
|2015||Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015||Herself||Celebrity guest (8th Gala)|
|Madam Secretary||Bolivian Ambassador Mariana Dominguez||Episode: "The Time Is at Hand"|
|Veep||Governor Ramos||Episode: "B/ill"|
|2018||DuckTales (2017)||M'ma Crackshell-Cabrera||Episode: "Who is Gizmoduck?!"|
|Maniac||Patricia Lugo||Episode: "The Chosen One!"|
|Murphy Brown||Maria Gonzales||Episode: "Thanksgiving and Taking"|
- "Selenis Leyva Explains Why 'Orange Is The New Black' Is A Huge Step For Latinas". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
- "Lortel Archives-The Internet Off-Broadway Database". Lortel.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Nick Sandow & Selenis Leyva Upped To Regulars On 'Orange Is The New Black'; Damon Wayans Jr. On 'New Girl'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
- "TV Casting News For Selenis Leyva, Jocko Sims, Damon Wayans Jr, RZA|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
- "'OITNB' Star Selenis Leyva Says Gloria Will 'Come Undone' In Season 3". The Huffington Post. 2015-06-11. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
- Serico, Chris (May 11, 2015). "'Orange is the New Black' star attends prom for ill teens - TODAY.com". Today. NBC. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- Leyva, Selenis (June 3, 2015). "What Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair Cover Sparked For Me As Sister of Trans Woman | Selenis Leyva". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- Nunez, Alanna (June 15, 2015). "Orange Is the New Black Star Selenis Leyva on Gloria, Motherhood, and Talking About Sex with Her Daughter". Cosmopolitan. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- Erazo, Vanessa (June 3, 2015). "'Orange is the New Black' Actress Reveals Her Sister Is a Transgender Woman?". Remezcla. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
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