Valery Ortiz

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Valery Ortiz
Valery Ortiz at the 2014 Alma Awards.jpg
Ortiz at the 2014 Alma Awards
Born Valery Milagros Ortiz
(1984-08-01) August 1, 1984 (age 33)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 2004–present
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)

Valery Milagros Ortiz (born August 1, 1984) is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer, singer, songwriter & author who is known for her role as Madison Duarte on the television series South of Nowhere, also for her role as Raquel Saldaña on VH1's "Hit the Floor".[1]

Early life[edit]

Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico[2] and raised in Orlando, Florida.[3] Passionate to become a "ballerina" and she explored her dancing talents after receiving a scholarship to The Southern Ballet Theater Performing Art Centre in Orlando.[citation needed] She continued dancing but eased out of it in middle school as her interest in theatre and acting grew.[2] She worked in Orlando as an extra on the Universal Studios backlot.[4] Following in her older brother's footsteps, she was accepted into the Dr. Phillips High School performing arts magnet program.[3] After four years of study, Ortiz began working in several productions like Latins Anonymous (Orlando Fringe Festival), West Side Story as Maria, A Midsummer Night's Dream as Helena, The Vagina Monologues (Orlando Premiere) and The Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival.[1]


While attending the University of Central Florida for a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Ortiz was given an opportunity to work on television show, Splat! as a host.[3] After the first season, a two-week[5] road trip "vacation" to Los Angeles turned into permanent relocation to Los Angeles. Ortiz quickly started working on a local television show called LATV Live as a VJ.

While working at the Hard Rock Cafe as a hostess, Ortiz was cast as in the comedy Date Movie as Jell-O, a Jennifer Lopez impersonation.[6][7] During the movie's filming, she was cast the television series South of Nowhere.[8] Shortly after, she was cast in the pilot Emily's Reason's Why Not, which was picked up and aired in 2006.[1] In 2010, she appeared on an episode of Two and a Half Men. She currently is an anchor for Si TV and E! News. Ortiz was “One of the Top 25 Latinas of 2006” from Maxim en Español.[1] Ortiz currently portrays the role of "Raquel Saldana" in Hit the Floor, a new scripted VH1 series that premiered May 2013.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ortiz currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She enjoys reading, hiking, decorating, and writing.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Date Movie Jell-O
2008 From a Place of Darkness Rosa
2013 2 Dead 2 Kill Donna Valens
2014 Dumbbells Missy
2015 Lure Girlfriend Short
2016 Peaches Sydnee DeLeon


Year Title Role Notes
2003 LATV Live Herself
2004 Nickelodeon SPLAT! Co-Host
American Latino TV Herself 1 Episode
2005–08 South of Nowhere Madison Duarte 37 Episodes
2005 LATV Does Hollywood Herself
2006–07 What About Brian Roxanne 3 Episodes
2006 Emily's Reasons Why Not Waitress 1 Episodes
2007–09 On the Up Herself-Host 113 Episodes
2008 10 Items or Less Buck's Friend #2 1 Episode
2009–11 Diary of a Single Mom Lupe 26 Episodes
2009 Cold Case Marisol Acosta 1 Episode
2010 Melissa & Joey Celeste Vega
Two and a Half Men Tracy
Gigantic Kelli 2 Episodes
2010-16 American Latino TV Herself-Host 122 Episodes
2011 In the Flow with Affion Crockett J-Lo / Kim Kardashian 2011 1 Episode
2013 Cltrl.Alt.Del Catalina
AfterBuzz TV Panelist
Teens Wanna Know Herself 3 Episodes
Cowgirl Up Maddie 6 Episodes
2013–16 Hit the Floor Raquel Saldana 33 Episodes
2015 VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Herself Television Special
2016 Skirtchasers Gabriella Television Movie
Noches Con Platanito Herself 1 Episode
Agents of Shield Maria
2017 Switched at Birth Noelle 4 Episodes
2018 Entangledment Angie Post-Production


  1. ^ a b c d e "Our host: Valery Ortiz". Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Y., Madiha (2014-05-05). "Chit Chat with Puerto Rican Actress, Singer and Dancer Valery Ortiz!". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Rodriguez, Priscilla (2014-07-21). "Valery Ortiz Talks VH1's Hit the Floor & Meeting Jennifer Lopez". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Latin Times Media Exclusive Interview Actress Valery Ortiz". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Valery vs. Raquel". Mr DREAMZ: 6. Summer 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Valery Ortiz Joins AfterBuzz TV's 'Spotlight On' to Talk Career, Fitness and More". 2014-03-14. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Femme on Fire: Valery Ortiz &#124". 2013-05-29. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Spotlight: Actress Valery Ortiz has all the right moves". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 

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