Henao at the 2013 Alma Awards
Zulay Henao (born May 29, 1979) is a Colombian-American film and television actress. She co-starred in a number of films such as Illegal Tender (2007), Fighting (2009), Takers (2010), Boy Wonder (2011), Hostel: Part III, The Single Moms Club (2014) True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016). In 2014 she began starring as one of the lead characters in the Oprah Winfrey Network series, If Loving You Is Wrong.
Henao was born in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia. She and her family emigrated to New Jersey. After high school she served three years with the U.S. Army. Henao enrolled at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts to study acting.
Henao appeared in the two small films, and in 2007 made her television debut in an episode of Lifetime drama series, Army Wives. In same year she also guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Also in 2007, Henao had supporting roles in films Illegal Tender and Feel the Noise. In 2008 she starred in the horror film Grizzly Park, and appeared opposite Charles S. Dutton in a Lifetime Original Movie Racing for Time.
In 2009, Henao had the female lead role in the sports film Fighting alongside Channing Tatum, and also appeared in the science fiction film S. Darko. In 2011 she starred in the independent psychological-thriller film, Boy Wonder. Henao also has appeared in Takers (2010) and Hostel: Part III (2011).
In 2013, Henao began starring as regular on the Oprah Winfrey Network sitcom, Love Thy Neighbor. She left from show after single season. Henao starred opposite Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Amy Smart in the 2014 film The Single Moms Club, directed by Tyler Perry. She later was cast in same role of television adaptation of film, called If Loving You Is Wrong. Also in 2014, Henao was cast as adult film legend Vanessa del Rio, in an untitled biopic directed by Thomas Mignone.
|2005||Film 101||Unknown Role|
|Feel the Noise||Carol "CC" Reyes|
|Saturday Morning||Unknown Role|
|2008||The Heart Is a Hidden Camera||Natasha||Short film|
|Racing for Time||Carmen||Television film|
|The Magnificent Cooly-T||Angie|
|2011||Boy Wonder||Teresa Ames|
|Havana Heat||Agent Brianna Evans|
|Hostel: Part III||Nikki|
|2014||White Space||Lynn Navarro|
|The Single Moms Club||Esperanza|
|The Vanessa del Rio Story||Vanessa del Rio|
|2016||True Memoirs of an International Assassin||Rosa Bolivar|
|Meet the Blacks||Lorena|
|2007||Army Wives||Delores Marino||Episode: "Only the Lonely"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Forensics Tech Casanueva||Episode: "Svengali"|
|2008||Fear Itself||Christie||Episode: "New Year's Day"|
|2009||The Unusuals||Rosa Trumble||Episode: "Crime Slut"|
|2013 - 2017||Love Thy Neighbor||Marianna Perez||Series regular, 26 episodes|
|2014 -||If Loving You Is Wrong||Esperanza||Series regular|
|2017||MacGyver||Cynthia||Episode: "Large Blade"|
|2018||Kevin Can Wait||Rebecca Romero||Episode: "Kevin Can Date"|
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