Ana Ortiz

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Marisol Duarte on Devious Maids

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1/25/1971, New York City, USA

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  • Born in New York City, Ortiz is the daughter of the first Puerto Rican city councilman in Philadelphia and was the first Latino elected to Philadelphia's City Council in 1984. He served for 19 years. A mother who works in Manhattan with autistic children and runs a soup kitchen. As a child, Ortiz dreamed of becoming a ballerina, and she studied ballet for eight years, until the pain of dancing en pointes forced her to pursue a different artistic discipline. Switching to singing, Ortiz attended the La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts (of "Fame" fame) to study voice. She then attended the University of Arts in Philadelphia before making her professional stage debut in a regional theater production of "Dangerous Liaisons." Her additional stage credits include portraying Chrissy in a European touring production of "Hair," regional theater productions such as "Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer" and in the South Coast Repertory Theater's production of "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot." After joining LAByrinth Theatre Company, she appeared off-Broadway in "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings," directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Almost Famous") and named one of the 10-best plays of 1999 by the magazine Time Out New York. Ortiz has guest-starred on the series "NYPD Blue" and "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman," and her feature-film credits include "King of L.A." and "Tortilla Heaven." As of 2007, Ortiz resides in Manhattan, where she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, softball and water sports in her spare time. Her birthday is January 25.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Ana Ortiz

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    New York City, USA

    Also Known As

    Ana Ortiz

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    • Ana: I want to make sure that I have at least three kids. Even if I don't give birth to all of them. Adoption, natural -– everything is up in the air!

    • Ana: (On Ugly Betty's Golden Globe for Outstanding Comedy win in 2007) The producers had a separate party aside from all of the regular parties. We had to be at work at 6:30 the next morning, so we went back to work right away. It was funny to see all of us on the set the next day completely dazed. Most of us had lost our voices from screaming so much. I think we're still relishing it, it's sort of coming in waves.

    • Ana: (To the fans of Ugly Betty) Thank you so much for proving that taking a risk with TV programming is worth it and that the heroine of a show doesn't have to be this cookie-cutter stick figure. The people have really proved to all of the executives that people are ready to be moved and touched and real and honest. Thank you because without people watching the show, we would be nowhere.

    • Ana: What's so funny about America [Ferrera] is that it's not really practical jokes, it's that we get so into it, half the time the scene will be over, but we'll continue on in our own sort of improv. We've grown extremely close, really having that sisterly relationship. I think everyone does that and it's wonderful when you don't have a director who will yell cut because they're able to find all this other stuff. She'll spring something on you that's not in the scene and you can either go with that or not. Luckily, everyone I've seen goes with it.

    • Ana: (On her audition for Ugly Betty) The audition called for her to be married, pregnant, not living with the family and looking for a minivan. She was a completely, completely different character. I went in there sassy, I had these hot pink shoes on - this was how I saw Hilda. I wasn't going to do in there with a pregnant suit on, so I just did my thing and then it turned out that Hilda developed into a different character with the same essence of family, family, family. I can't get over how well this show is cast, from top to bottom. Everyone sits so well in their parts. It's so wonderful to be a part of it. We're all just flinging for the fences, the bar is raised so high by America [Ferrera].

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    • In January 2009, Ana announced she was pregnant with her first child with husband Noah Lebenzon.

    • In 2008, Ana won a ALMA Award along with her Ugly Betty castmates Tony Plana, American Fererra and Mark Indelicato, for Outstanding Latin Led Ensemble.

    • Ana says the best piece of advice she has ever been given is to keep doing what you love.

    • Ana has said that if she was not an actress, she would work with kids. She spent many summers as a camp counselor and her mother also worked as group therapist for autistic children.

    • Ana is a supporter of the charity Eva's Heroes, which assists people with developmental disabilities. Other supporters include Eva Longoria, Kyle MacLachlan and Mario Lopez.

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